smart grid http://northernpublicradio.org en Public Cites Farmland, Homes As Biggest Concerns In ComEd Expansion http://northernpublicradio.org/post/public-cites-farmland-homes-biggest-concerns-comed-expansion <p>Northern Illinois needs a faster, more reliable electrical grid. That’s why Com Ed is being advised to build a 57-mile-long high-power transmission line stretching across four counties. The company that supplies electricity to most of the region is holding <a href="https://www.comed.com/about-us/economic-development/reliability/Pages/events.aspx">open houses</a> about the project it’s calling <a href="https://www.comed.com/about-us/economic-development/reliability/Pages/overview.aspx">“The Grand Prairie Gateway.”</a></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:45:30 +0000 Susan Stephens 34555 at http://northernpublicradio.org Public Cites Farmland, Homes As Biggest Concerns In ComEd Expansion Quinn Vetoes Smart Grid Bill http://northernpublicradio.org/post/quinn-vetoes-smart-grid-bill <p></p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed legislation yesterday that would have paved the way for increases in electric rates. The bill applies to the state's largest electric utilities: ComEd and Ameren. They're trying to secure a rate hike in order to pay for upgrades to their smart grid. Normally, the utilities have to go through<a href="http://www.icc.illinois.gov/electricity/" target="_blank"> a state regulator</a>, but that agency said "no" to rate hikes. So the companies have been trying a different strategy.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 10:44:36 +0000 WNIJ 29400 at http://northernpublicradio.org Quinn Vetoes Smart Grid Bill