The city of Rochelle has completed the sale of its electrical utility transmission assets to Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”), creating new economies of scale for the city and providing the infrastructure needed by large manufacturers to expand or establish a presence in the region.
The transaction includes approximately 20 miles of its 138 kV transmission lines and associated substation facilities at Caron Road and Twombly (Substation #2). Rochelle, through the Rochelle Municipal Utility (“RMU”), has operated these facilities as a transmission owner since August 1, 2015. ComEd already has in place the personnel and equipment necessary to maintain and operate these assets as its transmission system surrounds the RMU facilities, allowing ComEd to reduce Rochelle’s annual operating costs.
The sale of these assets will enable RMU to focus on its residential, business and industrial customers, meet current operational needs and be prepared for potential future expansion of its distribution system. "The sale of our transmission assets allows our municipal utility to focus on what we do best: provide reliable power and excellent customer service," said City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh. "Our customers will continue to receive the same high level of local service that RMU has provided for decades."
Rochelle Mayor John Bearrows said, "In addition to the benefits to our utility, our small business grant program is being funded in part through the proceeds of this sale, which is exceedingly important at this moment." Mayor Bearrows also noted that in light of the current pandemic "the finalization of this sale could not have come at a better time."
ComEd’s transmission and distribution systems include more than 5,300 miles of overhead transmission lines and approximately 35,000 miles of overhead distribution lines throughout northern Illinois, where the company serves more than 4 million customers.