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A new public-private collaboration is exploring how smart grid technology may bring the people of Illinois more reliable electric service and a cleaner environment, while holding down costs of electric services. The Illinois Smart Grid Initiative is funded by Illinois native Bob Galvin's Galvin Electricity Initiative and led by the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and former U.S. Speaker of the House Representative Dennis Hastert will serve as the honorary co-chairs for the effort. The Smart Grid Initiative is a voluntary group of state and local government, consumer, business, environmental and utility stakeholders that will work together to examine how consumers can benefit from comprehensive grid modernization in Illinois.

"Through this initiative, Illinois has the opportunity to become a leader in advancing state policies to create an electric grid for the 21st century, and to have more reliable, efficient, secure and greener electricity," says Bob Galvin, founder of the Galvin Electricity Initiative and retired CEO and chairman of Motorola Inc. "We are proud of this partnership of private and public stakeholders and look forward to it becoming the model for bringing quality power to states around the country."

Initial organizations demonstrating interest in this initiative include consumer groups, environmental groups, business organizations and energy suppliers. A series of stakeholder meetings will be held in the coming months to engage policy-makers and other influential leaders in the state in a discussion of the critical grid issues, opportunities and costs, and to develop policies to improve performance of the electric power system.

SOURCE: Galvin Electricity Initiative, Center for Neighborhood Technology

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