Future of Six Utility Microgrids Awaits Legislative Action in Illinois

Illinois stands to gain six utility microgrids – including a 17-MW airport microgrid – if state lawmakers approve an energy bill backed by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd).The Exelon subsidiary promoted its microgrid plans last week during an event at the Universal Solar’s (Wanxiang Energy) panel manufacturing plant in Rockford, Ill.The utility … [Read more...]

It's Not Magic. It's Voltage Optimization.

Voltage optimization can reduce energy use without requiring anything from the consumer, making it an attractive investment. But should it take away from other energy efficiency programs? EDF's Dick Munson looks at the issue.Imagine homeowners and businesses saving millions of dollars – and cutting pollution – without needing to do anything. … [Read more...]

Illinois Lawmakers Consider $300M for Utility Microgrids

Utility microgrids would get a big boost in Illinois under a smart grid bill introduced into the state legislature and backed by the state’s largest utility, Commonwealth Edison.The bill (HB 3328/SB1879) would let ComEd invest $300 million in six microgrid pilot projects that would serve healthcare, homeland security, transportation and water … [Read more...]

Defining the Energy Efficiency Market: Big Dogs and Fish with Legs

Defining the energy efficiency market is a bit like trying to walk dogs, birds and fish at the same time. Some companies walk well, some just want to fly, and some don’t even have legs (yet).In short, the industry encompasses companies of many kinds and size that have little in common except their energy-saving intent: green home builders, … [Read more...]