One Million and Beyond: Rebates to Accelerate Smart Thermostat Adoption in Illinois

October 16, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Thermostats

One million is a big number, but that’s the goal for getting smart thermostats into Northern Illinois homes. In partnership with environmental and consumer groups, Chicago-based electric and gas companies this week agreed to offer rebates that will cut an intelligent monitor’s cost in half.[read more]

Clean Energy Legislation in the Heartland Promises Jobs

April 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy Legislation and Jobs

Clean energy advocates tend to maintain a bi-coastal focus. No doubt my California and New York colleagues often see their states as the bellwethers when it comes to new policy initiatives. But real innovation is taking place in Illinois, a state that national clean energy advocates tend only to fly over.[read more]

ComEd Backs a Bill to Impose Demand Charges on Residential Customers

March 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would allow ComEd to invest more than $400 million in projects like community solar, along with grid-edge assets such as microgrids and public electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

Illinois Bill Pledges More Clean Energy Jobs, Boost to Economy, and Cleaner Air

February 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Illinois and Clean Energy Jobs

Illinois is two-for-two on clean energy wins. Illinois legislators introduced a bill to spur significant new growth in the clean energy industry, creating an estimated 32,000 jobs annually across Illinois once proposed clean energy standards are fully implemented.[read more]

Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition: Labor, Faith, Consumer, Business, and Green Agreement

February 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Illinois Clean Jobs

In Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's first State of the State address he outlined Illinois' grave economic position and highlighted a desire to make the state more competitive and create jobs. The same day, a new coalition was announced that could help make his wish come true: the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.[read more]

Broad Coalition Coalesces for Clean Energy Jobs in Illinois

February 6, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy Jobs in Illinois

Labor, business, and environmental groups and leaders have formed a unique coalition that will urge Illinois lawmakers and legislators to pass new standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy, leading to tens of thousands of new, local jobs.[read more]

Illinois Legislators Pledge Support for EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

December 14, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and State Political Support

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sorts through the more than 1.6 million comments received on its proposed Clean Power Plan, one group is stepping out to pledge its support of the landmark proposal. 53 Illinois legislators recently signed a letter urging the EPA to finalize the plan.[read more]

Illinois Considers Greenhouse Gas Metric for Evaluating Utility Performance

September 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Greenhouse Gases and Utility Performance

A new utility business model is the hot topic in statehouses and regulatory commissions across the country, as some argue utility earnings should be based on performance rather than volumetric electricity sales. This is due to many factors like tech innovations and changing consumer expectations.[read more]

Household Electricity Data May be a Click Away for Illinois Residents

August 23, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Measuring Household Energy Use

Energy data collected via smart meters could lead to services that improve people’s lives and cut harmful carbon pollution. This is true only if customers have easy access to the energy data they need to control their own energy use and reduce their electricity bills – which isn’t always the case.[read more]

Clean Energy Has a Positive Story to Tell About Jobs in Illinois

March 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Illinois Green Jobs

Illinois has a great story to tell when it comes to creating clean energy jobs that will go on to provide Illinois families and businesses with clean, affordable choices of energy, and that also help us meet our 21st Century resource demands.[read more]

Homebuilding Beyond Energy Star: Illinois Gets First 'Challenge Home'

July 3, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Illinois Challenge Home

Ever thought about building a very energy-efficient custom home? What if this home would be one of the greenest homes of its kind? Weiss Building & Development LLC and Tom Bassett Dilley Architects have accomplished just that.[read more]

Low natural gas prices are driving coal gasification out of business

May 28, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

If three planned gasification plants in Illinois are any indication, the transformation of coal into synthetic natural gas is staring at the destruction of their business model due primarily to low gas prices.Plants that were to be operated by Nebraska-based Tenaska Inc., Power Holdings of Illinois and Leucadia National Corp. of New York...[read more]

Illinois Biodiesel Industry Expands As Other States Struggle

September 10, 2010 by Mike Gregory

I recently wrote about how privately held biodiesel producers were going out of business at the same time that government entities were starting biodiesel operations to supply their own needs. I thought it was somewhat troubling to see biodiesel production shifting from private sector to the public sector. Around that same time, a...[read more]

Push for More Wind Power Where Most Needed

March 30, 2010 by Jonathan Smith

Chicago Tribune reporter Julie Wernau got this blogz attention with the title of her article, “Putting wind-generated power where it’s needed.” Her article focuses upon 2 critical elements: 1) putting turbines where wind energy is suitable and 2) building wind farms that are capable of linking to the grid. A new NREL study offers great...[read more]

Illinois clears a path for new reactors

March 17, 2010 by Dan Yurman

President Obama’s home state looks to join the nuclear renaissance The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois State Senate voted March 16 to drop the ban on building nuclear power plants in Illinois. The measure was sent to the House on a bipartisan 40-1 vote. According to the newspaper, Sen. Mike Jacobs, (D-Moline) who sponsored the...[read more]