Officials at ComEd said, believe it or not, power outages from last week’s severe storms could have been worse, if not for the new “smart grid” upgrades the utility has made in the past few years.
ComEd said Wednesday that it is bringing 1,000 new jobs to the area as part of a $1 billion improvement plan, nearly half of them to be made available in the next year.
Overriding a veto from Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois lawmakers have given power companies in Illinois authority to raise rates every year for the next decade to pay for modernizing the state’s power grid.
Lawmakers will again be debating Senate Bill 1652, the Smart Grid legislation, this week.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll fight to sustain his veto of the “Smart Grid” bill pushed by ComEd, saying the veto is all that stands between the public and exorbitant utility rates.
Supporters of the recently vetoed “Smart Grid” bill are trying to garner enough support to override the governor, and the efforts may be working.
Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed controversial legislation that would have changed the way ComEd rates are determined in order to pay for a so-called “smart grid.”
Now that the legislature has finally sent Gov. Pat Quinn a bill that would raise electric rates to help pay to modernize Illinois’ power grid, Governor Quinn is making no secret that he will veto it.
As Naperville moves closer to an electric smart grid, some residents are complaining about the wireless meters the city is installing.
Could a “smart grid” have helped get ComEd customers’ power back online faster? One expert says yes.
The Illinois House approved a controversial measure Monday backed by Commonwealth Edison to raise electricity rates to pay for the modernization of its power grid, but there weren’t enough votes to turn back a threatened veto by Gov. Pat Quinn.