ComEd’s response

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Following the Aug. 31 article “ComEd project in Huntley raises ire,” I offer ComEd’s perspective.

ComEd greatly values its relationship with all of its customers, including in Huntley and the surrounding communities, and regret that we could not satisfy all the concerns of every customer involved in this project.

The Northwest Reliability Project was initiated in 1994 to meet the increasing demand for electrical usage and enhance the grid reliability in the region. The project included three phases. Phase I of the project was completed in 1999, and Phase II in 2001. Phase III will round out the project.

Numerous routes for each phase were considered. The Phase III route consideration included an environmental siting process and numerous conversations with local stakeholders, including residents, during a series of public meetings. While no route satisfied all constituents, the final route, including the poles along Kreutzer Road, was approved in a 2008 ICC order and best met the technical requirements with the least impact on nearby residents.

Regarding concerns about electromagnetic fields, more than 30 years of worldwide research has yet to find any link, direct or causal, between EMFs and adverse health effects.

We truly appreciate the consideration of all as we provide safe, reliable electric service throughout northern Illinois.

Fidel Marquez

Senior vice president of Governmental

and External Affairs, ComEd 

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