Microgrids are generating a lot of buzz. But how exactly do they work?
Chicago-area scientists hope to empower women in STEMM fields and promote their role in developing clean energy sources.
In a Q&A, Chicago energy company attorney Mark Johnson talks about deregulation and the Future Energy Jobs Act. Chicago attorney Mark Johnson joked that when he got his first job out of law school at the high-powered firm Sidley Austin LLP, he didn’t know they had a regulatory division, and might have been scared away if he’d known. Today as a partner in the firm Steptoe he represents ComEd and other energy companies with a focus on competitive markets, technology and disruption in a quickly-changing regulatory environment. The Financial Times recognized him in its North America Innovative Lawyers report for his involvement in Illinois’ 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). Johnson, who also has experience in anti-trust litigation and white-collar crime, talked with the Energy News Network about his thoughts on FEJA and the things he is keeping an eye on.
Geothermal advocates argue the heating and cooling systems are a good option for homes and businesses in urban and suburban areas.
Microgrids have struggled to compete with cheap power in the region, but a fledgling movement is finding a foothold.