Officials and advocates will gather at the Illinois Commerce Commission offices in Chicago and Springfield today to debate the viability of energy resources and a plan to provide subsidies to struggling coal plants downstate.
Energy officials, advocates and other stakeholders are a couple of months into an ambitious year-and-a-half-long project to examine the future energy landscape and economy of Illinois. The initiative known as NextGrid is billed as a consumer-focused study of the utility of the future.
After five years of deliberation over the storage of coal ash at Illinois power plants, advocates say water pollution threats remain and are seeking stronger remedies.
While solar has dominated much of the discussion of the Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois, a new report highlights the job potential of a less buzzy — backers would say under-appreciated — clean energy industry.
Solar developers in Illinois that have banked their businesses in part on state incentivized energy credits are tentatively optimistic about a new draft power plan released by the Illinois Power Agency — even as the companies acknowledge the credit pricing remains obtuse.
Last week, Illinois was again awarded top marks in a national assessment of how states are modernizing electricity transmission and distribution systems, even as local energy advocates say there is much more work to be done in the state.
While rural cooperatives around the Midwest have been quick to adopt community solar, officials in the Chicago area want to bring it to the city.
The measure, which had its first hearing in a veto session that ends this week, would change how power plants downstate are paid to provide capacity.
New rules recently issued by the Illinois Commerce Commission aim to rein in alternative retail electric suppliers that have allegedly over-charged scores of customers with deceptive marketing and variable rates.
As Illinois aims to meet ambitious new solar targets, the leaders of Chicago-area communities hope that a federally-funded collaborative project will spark solar development by cutting red tape and educating the public.