Sweltering summer weather presents challenges for the power grid, with air conditioners sending electricity use surging and high temperatures causing some equipment to stumble. But maintaining reliable grid operations is essential for health and safety in the face of high temperatures—and is ever more so as global warming threatens to make conditions even more severe. To overcome these challenges, the power grid deploys a range solutions, all the way from calling on rarely used power plants to asking customers to shift the timing of their non-essential electricity use. Recently, new technologies have emerged that enable solutions that are not just cheaper but cleaner, too. Read more >
August 13, 2018 10:37 AM EDT
Last year, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) launched NextGrid, a collaboration between key stakeholders to create a shared base of information on electric utility industry issues and opportunities around grid modernization. NextGrid is the Illinois Utility of the Future Study, which is being managed by the University of Illinois and consists of seven working groups comprised of subject matter experts, utilities, business interests, and environmental organizations. The Union of Concerned Scientists is a member of two of these working groups.