As an Illinois utility seeks to boost enrollment in its efficiency programs, it is partnering with neighborhood groups and others to connect with customers, particularly low-income households that could benefit the most.
A 1 megawatt, lithium-ion battery system at Chicago’s landmark Shedd Aquarium will play a broader role in the way electricity supply and demand is balanced across the region.
An Illinois utility’s plan to accelerate and expand deployment of smart meters won approval from state regulators Thursday.
A new study suggests that microgrids – a rarity in today’s power sector – will evolve to become a vital component of the 21st-century grid.
Solar power’s “duck-curve” problem – where solar production and demand peaks don’t align – is rearing its head where grid operators are at the cutting edge of clean energy, recent analysis shows.
Facebook and Google personalized the news. Uber and Lyft tailored transportation to individual needs. Now, advances in battery technology promise to introduce a similar kind of customization and independence into energy, says George Crabtree.
More than 100 years after alternating current became the standard for electricity transmission, direct current is enjoying a revival of sorts at an Illinois Institute of Technology project.
If you want to know how microgrids will transform energy, just look at what cellphones did to communication, says Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, the professor and engineer who oversees a microgrid at a university on Chicago’s South Side.
An esoteric smart-grid technology is gaining prominence as expanded solar capacity poses new challenges to utilities and grid operators.