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On Wednesday, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved Commonwealth Edison's (ComEd) request to postpone its smart meter installations until 2015.

ComEd's request came in October, when the ICC denied the utility cost recovery on several aspects of its smart grid program. ComEd said the ruling forced a reduction in funding of almost $100 million annually and, therefore, the utility wanted to delay its smart meter rollout.

Although the ICC has approved ComEd's plan, the commission urged the company to consider installing the devices earlier than 2015, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

"Practically speaking, they've missed the date, they are behind, they need time to get things in place, but the commission would prefer they accelerate the program," Beth Bosch, an ICC spokesperson, told the Tribune. "The commission is saying they would like it done before 2015."


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