Unlike the first phase, ComEd isn’t legally obligated to use renewables, but the company says it will seriously consider them as it reviews proposals.
The state’s largest utility says it will need energy storage to help it manage a surge of intermittent resources. ComEd sees a significant role for energy storage on Illinois’ electric grid as the state works toward realizing its ambitious renewable goals. “I think you will see that evolution a little bit slower, but it is going to be absolutely a necessary component of the future,” ComEd CEO Joe Dominguez said at a recent City Club of Chicago event. The utility won’t be the only one with a role to play. As they seek to demonstrate the value of storage, state regulators will consider incentives, and developers will have to continue to make it more affordable and efficient.
Upfront cost of replacement remains a cause for hesitation among many Illinois city officials, despite the energy savings LEDs offer.
Getting customers to invest in smart thermostats requires more than just financial rebates, efficiency experts say.
The Illinois utility recently installed five off-grid streetlights at two public schools in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.