Illinois ranked second in smart grid index

A report issued by GridWise and the Smart Grid Policy Center, has ranked Illinois utilities in second place for modernising grid networks in the US.

The 2016 Grid Modernisation Index ranked US states according to efforts in policy development and implementation, customer engagement and grid operations. Illinois and California are the only states which appeared amongst the top five states in all the three categories.

Illinois has been recognised amongst leading US states in deploying smart grid technologies for the third time in consecutive years. ComEd claims its smart grid initiatives deployed over the past years have contributed to Illinois being ranked as a leader in smart grid in the index.

Moreover, ComEd gives credit to the introduction of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) and the Illinois Commerce Commission’s NextGrid Initiative for the increase in deployment of smart grid technologies in Illinois.

Introduced in 2016 by the Illinois General Assembly, FEJA is a policy with aims to increase investments in clean energy resources and energy efficiency.

Under the policy, Illinois has set a target to achieve $4 billion in consumer energy efficiency savings and to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to removing 18 million cars from the road by 2021.

The law has enabled ComEd to upgrade its 100-year old energy system, improving grid reliability, consumer energy efficiency and customer services.

Under the NextGrid initiative, energy stakeholders including utility companies, regulatory officials and smart grid solution firms are collaborating to identify, research, develop and implement innovative technologies to promote “greater economic growth and quality of life for all Illinoisans’

Anne Pramaggiore, CEO at ComEd, commented: “Our smart grid work has helped to deliver the best four years on record of power reliability and service to our customers.

“We are building off the foundation of this work to help move the state to a clean energy future and provide greater access to renewables, energy efficiency and valuable job training within our communities.”

illinois and DER integration

In related news, in late August, energy provider Ameren Corporation and smart grid solutions firm S&C Electric Company successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test of a microgrid.

The test was done on microgrid owned by Ameren illinois in Champaign. In total, the tested microgrid has a capacity of 50KW, includes 225KW of renewable energy generation resources including solar and wind and 250KW/500Wh of battery energy storage system. Read more…


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.