Illinois utilities and regulators are putting into motion plans for community solar programs under the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act that passed last year.
A recent report highlighting the expansion of the clean-energy workforce in Illinois reflects a broader trend toward a Midwestern power system that is more networked, more decentralized, and more dependent on solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.
Four teams of researchers in Illinois will receive millions of dollars in federal funding to advance projects in power electronics and converting forms of electricity, which is becoming increasingly necessary for a more efficient and distributed power grid.
Ameren, in partnership with S&C Electric, a Chicago-based smart-grid engineering firm, successfully completed a 24-hour “islanding” test earlier this month at the utility’s newly built microgrid in Champaign, Illinois, using wind, solar and battery storage.
A Chicago-based cleantech accelerator plans to use a $1 million Department of Energy grant to develop “a novel investment model designed to attract a new class of investors to early-stage cleantech businesses.”
Illinois’s largest utility, state regulators, environmental and consumer advocates recently rallied together in Chicago in support of an inconspicuous but powerful gadget: the smart thermostat.
The global energy system is evolving, but not fast enough to meet decarbonization goals aimed at curbing the worst impacts of climate change, according to an International Energy Agency report released in Chicago last week.
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.
The North American power grid is reliable and resilient despite the growth of variable, renewable energy sources as well as an increasing risk of both cybersecurity and physical threats, according to a new analysis.
Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are exploring the potential for “self-healing” energy storage batteries that could respond to deterioration after wear and tear.