University Of Illinois To Research How To Secure Nation's Power GridThe University of Illinois has received nearly $19 million from the federal government to study threats to the nation’s power grid and come up with ways to survive an attack.
Power Grid Operator Asks People To Reduce Electricity UseAs frigid conditions tighten their grip on Chicago and much of the rest of the country, PJM Interconnection – which operates the transmission grid for ComEd and many other power companies – said people are cranking up electric heaters and thermostats.
Controversial Bill To Raise Power Rates, Fix Grid Goes To Quinn's DeskLegislation that power companies backed to hike electric rates for a revamp of the Illinois power grid moves to Gov. Pat Quinn, a longtime utility critic who has vowed to veto the measure.
Bill Allowing Higher Electric Rates Goes To QuinnThe Illinois Senate approved a plan for raising electric rates to pay for one of the nation's largest projects to modernize the power grid.