Illinois Commerce Commission announces NextGrid

The Illinois Commerce Commission launched an 18-month study focused on finding new technologies, utility business models and regulatory strategies to transform the state’s grid into a more flexible and efficient resource. “NextGrid” is intended for industry and other stakeholders to develop a shared base of information and work to build consensus on critical issues facing the electric utility industry now and as it continues to rapidly transform. NextGrid will be managed by the Commission, with the assistance of an expert, independent thirdparty facilitator who will engage the electric utilities, communities, industry, academia, ratepayers and environmental advocates in a process of education and discourse.