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.
What does the future of nuclear energy look like in the Midwest? A lot depends on rate cases before public service commissions, proposed state legislation and the effects of the Clean Power Plan.
An esoteric smart-grid technology is gaining prominence as expanded solar capacity poses new challenges to utilities and grid operators.
An Illinois energy expert says the former State Line coal plant near Chicago would be an ideal site for a small modular reactor.
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.