April 8, 2009
Report from the Illinois Smart Grid Initiative Explores the Benefits of a Modern Electric Grid in Illinois
Today, the Illinois Smart Grid Initiative (ISGI) released “Empowering Consumers through a Modern Electric Grid”, a report on the potential benefits of a modernized electric grid that maps a policy path for achieving those benefits for consumers and the economy. At a time when both President Obama’s Administration and Congress have prioritized electric grid modernization and the jobs potential it holds, Illinois is well positioned to become the national leader in the adoption of a truly consumer-focused smart grid.
About the Illinois Smart Grid Initiative (ISGI)
What is the Illinois Smart Grid Initiative?
The ISGI was a public-private working group formed in 2008 to engage Illinoisans in examining the nature and potential benefits of a modernized electric grid, and to map a policy path for achieving those benefits for consumers and the economy.
Organizations in Illinois with a stake in the electric power system and the energy future of the State joined this working group, including local governments, consumer groups, business associations, environmental advocates, and others.
How did the ISGI operate?
The ISGI held a series of roundtable meetings in Chicago during the summer and fall of 2008. Early meetings featured presentations and discussions about the smart grid concept, and later meetings focused on public policy formulation.
The ISGI is a project of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, funded by the Galvin Project, Inc and assisted by the Galvin Electricity Initiative and the U.S. DoE Modern Grid Strategy team.