Almost a year after Illinois enacted a sweeping energy bill, Chicago-area developers, advocates, and government agencies are hustling to prepare local communities to take full advantage of state incentives coming in the next few years.
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 new control device that helps better manage the way electricity from sources like wind and solar interacts with the grid is described by some as a major leap forward.
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.
Next week, an Illinois utility will seek permission from state regulators to lower its energy efficiency targets — in the name of social justice.
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.
Students at Northwestern University in Illinois prepare a fully solar-powered home they built as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.
As clean energy job growth outpaces conventional energy sectors like coal in Illinois, new opportunities are being created in both rural and urban areas of the state.
This summer, the filing for the first permit under new regulations has reignited debate over fracking in Illinois and concerns over the law’s ability to protect citizens and the environment.