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Improving reliability for customers throughout Champaign County by making the energy grid stronger with advanced switches and sensors.

Enhanced Energy Grid

  • Added a state-of-the-art substation that bolsters service reliability and load capacity while reducing maintenance costs for customers in Champaign and Bondville.
  • Upgraded underground facilities that serve the downtown Champaign business district with additional backup feed.
  • Installed IntelliRupters — automated switching devices — in Urbana and Champaign to reduce the number of customers affected by an outage and the length of outages.
  • Added several new substation reclosers, called Vipers, in Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul and Savoy, to detect problems on the power lines, such as a lightning strike or a fallen tree limb, and reduce the number of customers affected by a power outage.
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