The Illinois Commerce Commission approved ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway Project, a new transmission line that will run across DeKalb, Ogle, Kane and DuPage counties.
Construction is set to begin after April 2015 for the line to be in service by June 2017. The line will require about 400 steel power poles from ComEd’s existing substation just east of the Kane County line to the substation in Byron.
We wrap-up our series on "Flowing Fuels" with a look at who is responsible for inspecting pipelines in Illinois.
In August, a fuel pipeline in Erie, Ill., exploded under a cornfield, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air. Dozens of people were evacuated. The pipeline was carrying a mix of ethane and propane. The blast is still under investigation and raises questions about who monitors pipelines that flow just beneath the surface.
Former Illinois Commerce Commission employee Jonathan Feipel returns to that department on Wednesday, this time as executive director. Feipel, 37, worked in several positions in the Telecommunications Division for seven years, concluding as Assistant Director.
He moved to the state commerce department, where he supervised the Illinois Energy Office.