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.
NextGrid could determine the future of the state’s grid policy, but the study’s own future now depends on an open lawsuit.
A utility sector group toured microgrid facilities last week in Chicago and Champaign as part of a U.S. trade mission.
An agreement to install a superconductor system in Chicago is a signal that the smart grid tech could be commercially viable in Illinois.