New Illinois energy legislation was a product of negotiation and compromise, but many details still have to be worked out.
The electrical grid is looking more and more like a supercomputer. Just as Internet-enabled technology has transformed cars, phones and other everyday devices, big data and code are only beginning to reshape the megastructure that keeps the lights on.
Illinois’ sweeping energy bill may become law this week after an amended version was passed by a state House energy committee Tuesday.
Illinois’ high court will hear a long-running dispute over plans for a $2 billion high-voltage transmission line to carry wind energy from the Great Plains to the eastern U.S. grid.
Galesburg, Illinois is a long way from Silicon Valley. There are no Google or Apple offices in the west-central Illinois city, population 32,000, but it is home to at least one scrappy tech firm reinventing how we use an everyday product.
Some clean energy advocates are hopeful that what they call a “landmark, historic” victory is imminent on Illinois’ hotly debated massive energy bill after key compromises have been reached.
The complex and vast mosaic of interests at play in a massive proposed Illinois energy bill was showcased during a state House energy committee hearing that lasted for more than six hours Wednesday.
Illinois legislators today introduced a long-awaited massive energy bill that would provide subsidies to keep nuclear plants and coal plants running and introduce a controversial demand charge, along with fixing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, increasing energy efficiency investments and other measures.
A relatively inconspicuous company has played a significant role in the innovation and build-out of the country’s grid over the past century, including the development of the smart grid in the Chicago area and across the continent today.
The digital divide presents both a problem and an opportunity for the rural electric cooperatives that serve much of downstate Illinois.