Critics say the Illinois Smart Solar Alliance, which was recently founded by Chicago-based ComEd, is little more than a front group created to push controversial, utility-backed legislation in Illinois. However, the alliance’s supporters say the group is helping bring access to solar power for low-income communities — something they say has been missing from the traditional “big green” movement.
Sharing ratepayers’ energy usage data in real time with third parties could help drive a more efficient and responsive energy grid and potentially allow residential customers to participate in demand response.
Although Illinois-based Commonwealth Edison began offering incentives for combined heat and power systems two years ago, almost none of its customers have pursued it — an outcome that one proponent of the highly efficient technology attributes to lackluster marketing.
Environmental groups seek stronger safeguards for storing coal ash in Illinois that will allow for more public input, require analysis for permanent solutions and provide assurances that power companies can pay to safely store their coal ash and deal with any contamination that may result.
In the latest act in a years-long drama over Illinois’ energy future, ComEd and Exelon have announced a new bill they say reconciles the state’s competing interests.
James Hansen, a scientist famous for sounding the alarm about climate change, visited Illinois to rally support for nuclear energy this week in a trip some saw as a push for state state legislation backed by Exelon.
As coal mining jobs continue to decline in southern Illinois, some advocates are proposing a severance tax on coal to ensure taxpayers aren’t shouldering the burden of the industry’s impact.
An Illinois community is tired of playing host to nuclear waste, and a hearing in Chicago aims at opening up a transparent process toward finding a solution.
Chicago’s Commonwealth Edison has agreed to test whether customers with smart electric meters use less power and cause less damage to the environment than consumers with conventional meters.
As Peabody Energy sits on the verge of bankruptcy, neighbors of a southern Illinois coal mine fear both for their economic and environmental future.