in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

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


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Bill With Wind PTC Extension

The legislation, which passed in the U.S. House earlier this month, will renew the critical production tax credit through the end of 2014 - giving developers only about two weeks left to start construction.


Transmission Study Shows Nebraska Could Handle A Lot More Wind Power

A new report released by the Nebraska Power Review Board finds that the state already has enough infrastructure to accommodate at least 2 GW of additional wind generation.


Can Wind Energy And Birds Coexist? Environmental Group Says Yes

The Environmental Defense Fund, a supporter of responsible wind energy development, points out ways to help mitigate impacts of turbines on birds and bats.


Another Study Finds Wind Turbines Do Not Affect Nearby Property Values

Research conducted by the University of Guelph focused on regions in Ontario, and the conclusion echoes that of previous studies.


Too Little, Too Late? U.S. House Approves Wind PTC Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax extenders package that would renew the wind production tax credit (PTC) and about 50 other expired tax breaks through 2014. The wind industry argues the short-term fix is virtually no fix at all.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015