Illinois Governor vetoes smart grid bill yet again


By: SGN Staff


By Jesse Berst


It can't be easy being ComEd these days. On the one hand, every time the utility successfully gets legislation to allow rate hikes for grid modernization Governor Pat Quinn vetoes it. He's done it again, even though a previous veto was overridden by the legislature.


One the other hand, a group is suing ComEd for failing to start its grid modernization program soon enough. Criticized if you do. Criticized if you don't do it soon enough.


Ironically, both of ComEd's opponents spout a similar theme. They claim to be in favor of grid modernization and the greater reliability it brings. But they don't want to pay for it.


Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.


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