The concept of the power grid as a “platform” — a hub that coordinates energy transactions between various producers and consumers rather than a one-way delivery system — is central to the way Illinois is building a blueprint for its grid of the future.
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 team of Midwestern researchers is hoping to devise a way to better align automated home energy management systems with what their users really want.
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.
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.