Less than a year after state funding for microgrids was rejected by the Illinois legislature, the utility ComEd is turning to ratepayers.
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.
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.
As an Illinois utility seeks to boost enrollment in its efficiency programs, it is partnering with neighborhood groups and others to connect with customers, particularly low-income households that could benefit the most.
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.
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.
The atmosphere at a gathering of energy experts in Chicago this week was ebullient, with speakers describing a groundswell of innovation that promises to revolutionize the way energy is delivered on the grid.