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 legislation would prohibit standby fees but allows an “equitable” cost of service charge by utilities.
Amid complaints that the state’s current law is unworkable, legislators revive a vetoed bill under a new governor.
Consumers Energy plans to combine solar and storage in a 4-square-block project in Jackson, Michigan.
Smart grid upgrades may offer less risk in some areas, but experts say conventional transmission projects are still needed in others.