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Illinois’s NextGrid: What’s in it for Solar?

Illinois is poised to lead the nation toward the grid of the future. That was the message reiterated by ICC Chairman Brien Sheahan last week during a session held by E2 — Environmental Entrepreneurs. The location of the event, at 1871, Chicago’s hub for tech start-ups, underscored NextGrid’s vision to open the grid as a platform for ...

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A Bright Spot for Low-Income Solar in Illinois Energy Legislation

The Illinois General Assembly, following a series of marathon hearings and sessions, has passed sweeping energy legislation, called the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814). Once approved by Governor Bruce Rauner, the legislation will expand solar access, with a particular focus on making sure low-income communities participate in the new growing solar market. While the ...

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Just Say No to ComEd’s Demand Charge Plan

Bad news for solar customers and other residents on the horizon in the Prairie State. Exelon, the big utility holding company and its Chicago’s utility affiliate, ComEd, are proposing legislation in Illinois that would be a one-two punch for customers. The legislation, SB 1585, would make it harder for customers to choose solar, while seeking ...