NextGrid could determine the future of the state’s grid policy, but the study’s own future now depends on an open lawsuit.
Amid some disagreement, a draft of the Illinois NextGrid report is open for public comment online until January 10.
Illinois officials are working to get a sprawling smart grid study back on track following a lawsuit that accused them of open meeting law violations.
Energy officials, advocates and other stakeholders are a couple of months into an ambitious year-and-a-half-long project to examine the future energy landscape and economy of Illinois. The initiative known as NextGrid is billed as a consumer-focused study of the utility of the future.
The concept of the power grid as a “platform” — a hub that coordinates energy transactions between various producers and consumers rather than a one-way delivery system — is central to the way Illinois is building a blueprint for its grid of the future.