Exciting Illinois project will open the door for non-utility-owned microgrids. @cubillinois @ComEd
In response to concerns raised by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), and others, ComEd made many improvements to its original proposal to build a microgrid in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, including that the utility will maximize distributed energy resources like solar panels and will not seek to own those resources. Moreover, ComEd will work with EDF and CUB to develop an innovative tariff that will allow third parties to create and manage localized power grids that can disconnect from the centralized grid, known as microgrids. Utilities have traditionally controlled electricity delivery, but this decision starts the process for new, competitive players to enter the microgrid game.