Improving Government/Global Democracy

Local Issues Director: Michelle Thorsell, The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn

Our chapter of the League follows major issues of interest to our membership; each area is the responsibility of a local issues director.  They track legislation and items of particular timely interest. Our Observer Corps attends meetings to report back to the board and members on key issues.

LATEST REPORT: NOVEMBEr, 2017

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Illinois Commerce Commission

Brien J. Sheahan who was a DuPage County Board Member, District 2, has recently become the Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission. He is leading the effort on a number of initiatives. The following notice was released on October 31, 2017:

The Illinois Commerce Commission in consultation with the lead facilitators from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) invite interested stakeholders to participate or recommend representatives to participate in the NextGrid: Illinois’ Utility of the Future study. NextGrid is a consumer-focused study to transform Illinois’ energy landscape and economy. Nominations are being accepted now for the first NextGrid working group, “New Technology Deployment and Grid Integration.” This working group will explore the capabilities of emerging technologies, including distributed energy resources (DERs) and electric vehicles, and their integration into the electric grid. This working group will also examine the role of a distribution system operator in managing new technology integration and system planning and will survey methodologies for valuing new technology impacts to the distribution system, the environment, and the customer.

Seven working groups have been identified to meet regularly, develop a shared base of information, and build consensus on critical issues facing the electric utility industry now and as it continues to rapidly transform. The groups include: New Technology Deployment and Grid Integration; Electricity Markets; Customer and Community Participation; Regulatory, Environmental and Policy Issues; Metering, Communications and Data; Reliability, Resiliency and Cyber Security; and Ratemaking.

Nominations are being accepted now for the first NextGrid working group, “New Technology Deployment and Grid Integration.” This working group will explore the capabilities of emerging technologies, including distributed energy resources (DERs) and electric vehicles, and their integration into the electric grid. This working group will also examine the role of a distribution system operator in managing new technology integration and system planning and will survey methodologies for valuing new technology impacts to the distribution system, the environment, and the customer.

Anyone wishing to participate or recommend a working group member, such as a company or individual, the form to be filled out can be found on the NextGrid website’s Working Groups page. While nominations for the first working group are due November 6, 2017, the other six working groups can be considered for nomination.

ABOUT THE ILLINOIS COMMERCE COMMISSION

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is a quasi-judicial body made up of five Commissioners. Through its Public Utility Program, the Commission oversees the provision of adequate, reliable, efficient and safe utility services at the least possible cost to Illinois citizens served by electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water and sewer public utility companies. Through its Transportation Regulatory Program, the Commission oversees public safety and consumer protection programs with regard to intrastate commercial motor carriers of general freight, household goods movers, relocation towers, safety towers, personal property warehouses and repossession agencies. The Commission’s Rail Safety Program also inspects and regulates the general safety of railroad tracks, facilities and equipment in the state.