The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear a case regarding the FutureGen clean-coal project in central Illinois.
The high court said it would consider whether state utilities must buy electricity from the Morgan County facility. A 2012 ruling required companies like ComEd to sign 20-year contracts for FutureGen-produced power.
The Illinois Commerce Commission approved ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway Project, a new transmission line that will run across DeKalb, Ogle, Kane and DuPage counties.
Construction is set to begin after April 2015 for the line to be in service by June 2017. The line will require about 400 steel power poles from ComEd’s existing substation just east of the Kane County line to the substation in Byron.
ComEd is almost done gathering public input for a proposed transmission line in northern Illinois. The next step is getting approval from state regulators. Ahead of that decision, residents in one community hope the Illinois Commerce Commission endorses a route that doesn't affect their properties.
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 open houses about the project it’s calling “The Grand Prairie Gateway.”
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 state regulator, but that agency said "no" to rate hikes. So the companies have been trying a different strategy.
Planting will begin soon along a DeKalb nature trail that was clear-cut below Com Ed power lines last November. The group tasked with coming up with a restoration plan presented it to the public last night.