Illinois Decision Opens the Path to Shared Utility-Customer Microgrids

By [email protected] Illinois utility regulators have asked the state’s biggest utility to explore how it can expand the use of microgrids beyond their traditional boundaries, to include multiple customers and greater use of clean energy resources.

These are some of the long-range innovations described in Wednesday’s decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission to approve Commonwealth Edison’s Bronzeville microgrid project. The long-planned $25 million project, backed by $5 million in Department of Energy grants, will integrate with a nearby independently built microgrid at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has been a central part of ComEd’s plans for integrating distributed energy resources across

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