A look behind the scenes at the Invenergy Control Center in downtown Chicago, where the clean-energy company controls its fleet of wind turbines, natural gas generators and energy-storage systems across North America.
U.S. energy consumers are increasingly aware and broadly supportive of the smart grid, but relatively few of them participate in most smart-grid related programs and products, according to a study released last week.
In some cases, rural America is seeing the smart grid arrive at their doorstep well before their urban and suburban counterparts.
Over the past half decade, Illinois utilities have spent billions on building out a smarter, cleaner and more efficient power grid.
At a Chicago conference, participants try to figure out who should pay for grid modernization efforts and how to quantify costs and benefits that are often intangible or based on a constantly shifting mosaic of variables.
Illinois regulators have launched a collaborative, statewide effort to share knowledge and build consensus around the myriad challenges facing a modernizing, 21st-century power grid.
Illinois regulators last week approved a plan by the state’s top utility to open up anonymized energy usage data to third-party companies and researchers.
Much of the work toward making the grid smarter, cleaner and more reliable takes place behind the scenes — quiet, incremental advances in technology familiar mostly to engineering experts and utility technicians.
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.
An Illinois utility’s plan to accelerate and expand deployment of smart meters won approval from state regulators Thursday.