TMCNet:  Silver Spring Networks and ComEd to Deploy Smart Grid for Illinois Infrastructure Modernization Program

[July 12, 2013]

Silver Spring Networks and ComEd to Deploy Smart Grid for Illinois Infrastructure Modernization Program

Jul 12, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Scott Lang, Chairman, President and CEO of Silver Spring Networks, Inc., joined Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd; Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel; and Mark Hura, General Manager-Sales, North America, GE, to commence full deployment of the smart grid element of ComEd's 10-year, $2.6 billion Infrastructure Investment Plan to strengthen the Illinois electric system.


According to a release, Silver Spring Networks also announced it will be opening a downtown Chicago office to support the rollout of ComEd's smart grid infrastructure modernization program and will be building a next-generation network operations center to support smart grid programs in Illinois and across the greater Midwest. The office is expected to employ field engineering, project management, sales and marketing, and network infrastructure management professionals.

"Silver Spring Networks is thrilled to partner with a forward-thinking company like ComEd to bring more technology jobs to Chicago and deliver the benefits of infrastructure innovation to all of ComEd's customers," said Lang. "The full deployment of ComEd's grid modernization initiative will deliver enormous benefits to the citizens of Illinois and create a long-term foundation for greater energy efficiency, improved reliability and performance of the energy grid, and increasingly empowered citizens who can better manage their energy consumption." "A modern power grid that meets the needs and demands of the 21st Century is critical to ensuring long-lasting economic growth and opportunity for our citizens," said Pramaggiore. "Our continuing partnership with world-class innovators like Silver Spring Networks is crucial in helping us achieve this vision." "The City of Chicago is excited to welcome a Silicon Valley innovator like Silver Spring Networks," said Mayor Emanuel. "Industry leaders such as Silver Spring and ComEd are providing the innovation, expertise, and investment to create jobs and economic opportunity throughout the city and its neighborhoods." ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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