Smart grid upgrades may offer less risk in some areas, but experts say conventional transmission projects are still needed in others.
The custom-built software is now being rolled out to other building managers to help reduce energy consumption.
In Chicago, a cluster of museums is exploring the case for combining energy systems, but thorny questions remain.
As climate change brings more frequent extreme weather to the Midwest, the resiliency case for microgrids improves.
Altgeld Gardens will soon be the site of a city-sponsored green jobs training program and a brownfield solar farm.