WBEZ | smart grid http://www.wbez.org/tags/smart-grid Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Getting landlords to make energy efficiencies http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/getting-landlords-make-energy-efficiencies-108420 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/renters energy.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>It hasn&rsquo;t been difficult to get some homeowners to shell out the cash to make some energy upgrades on their homes. After all, they&rsquo;re the ones paying for electricity and gas.</p><p>But when it comes to rental units, many property owners are reluctant to make those changes because they&rsquo;re not the ones paying the utility bills. It&rsquo;s the renters.</p><p>Some organizations are trying to change that.</p><p>Sandeep Sood and his wife own the Jeffery Parkway Apartments, a 55 unit, 7 story building. They acquired the South Side building four years ago.</p><p>&ldquo;When we bought the building, it was in really bad shape. We had a lot of book management and construction to do on this building,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Sood showed me around the boiler room where insulated pipes run along the walls. He said the old boiler was huge and spewed out enormous amounts of heat.</p><p>&ldquo;The first year we got this, we were able to retrofit a new stainless steel boiler. A little different design than your typical boiler. But we were able to increase our efficiencies by more than 60 percent with just this one measure,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>This and other efficiency upgrades cost about $110,000. The Community Investment Corporation provided a low interest loan to help finance the bulk of the work.</p><p>&ldquo;I think our total payback was within a year and half to two years on those invested funds. That&rsquo;s a great return on investment. There are other buildings where you might get payback in 4-5 years depending on which improvements you chose. But on any horizon, the longer the horizon, you&rsquo;re going to save more money,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Sood estimates monthly utility costs of water, electricity and gas combined are $50-60 per studio apartment.</p><p>It&rsquo;s in his interest to make these upgrades here since utilities are lumped in with the rent. But it&rsquo;s harder to get some landlords on board if they aren&rsquo;t reaping the benefits.</p><p>&ldquo;I would maybe call it a generational divide. We&rsquo;re relatively young. But I&rsquo;ve run into a lot of owners who are just resistant. Well, they&rsquo;re a little shortsighted to what these improvements are going to bring to their building. They&rsquo;re looking at it like cash out of their pocket,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Daniel Olson is the senior energy efficiency planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The agency&rsquo;s mapped out a regional plan that identifies energy efficiency as one of the easier measures that can move the area toward sustainability. That includes things like upgrading to a high efficiency hot water heater, insulating buildings and simply changing light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights.</p><p>&ldquo;Before you would ever want to do something big like solar panels or wind or anything like that, you want to take the first step in the loading order which is always energy efficiency,&rdquo; Olson said.</p><p>He said if all the region&rsquo;s residential units took up simple retrofits on gas alone, emissions could be cut by 15 percent. That&rsquo;s about 345,000 cars off the road or 3.8 million fewer barrels of oil.</p><p>&ldquo;When you have happy tenants who have lower bills. They are going to lower your vacancy rates, so that you actually keep your buildings full with tenants which will increase the funds you have available,&rdquo; Olson said.</p><p>Since Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas began its savings programs in 2011, 19,000 residential customers have saved more than 10.5 million therms of natural gas consumption. That&rsquo;s about 11,000 cars off the road.</p><p>160,000 residential Com Ed customers saved more than 4 million megawatt hours of energy since the start of its 2008 Smart Ideas program, saving more than $400 million on their bills.</p><p>About 40 percent of Cook County&rsquo;s residential stock is multi-unit property. A significant part of that is renter occupied.</p><p>It&rsquo;s that population the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Community Investment Corporation&nbsp;is targeting with the Energy Savers program. It helped Sandeep Sood make upgrades to all his rental properties.</p><p>&ldquo;Multifamily building owners have been harder to reach by efficiency programs. And that&rsquo;s because they&rsquo;re kind of stuck between a residential program and a commercial program. And typically the programs that are out there don&rsquo;t meet their needs,&rdquo; said Anne Evens, CNT executive director.</p><p>The program gives owners a free evaluation of their property, listing how much savings they&rsquo;d get with recommended upgrades. It also offers various rebates and financial options.</p><p>&ldquo;For a smaller apartment building, you could spend between $15-20,000 in order to get a 30 percent savings on your energy bill. And it&rsquo;s typical to get those savings and payback your investments in 5 to 7 years.</p><p>Sood says his energy costs are down by 65 percent.</p><p>&ldquo;I do care about the environment,&rdquo; Sood said. &ldquo;Now, when I&rsquo;m put in the role of making business decisions and taking a risk on an investment property like this, I tend to think in dollars and cents. But there&rsquo;s a lot of bad things you can do when you think only in dollars and cents. This you get both things. You&rsquo;re increasing your efficiencies and you&rsquo;re helping the environment.&rdquo;</p><p>Sood said his tenants might not see the efficiencies, but they feel more comfortable.</p><p>Currently, all 55 of his units are occupied.</p><p>Michael Cotten, a retiree, lives in one of them. He&rsquo;s been in the building for about 7 years, before Sood acquired it.</p><p>&ldquo;It was more like a transient place. And I was glad when he took it over because I was thinking about moving,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Before upgrades were made, Cotten said, the heat would go out multiple times in the winter, but now he feels comfortable.</p><p>&ldquo;Sandeep has done amazing things with this building. He&rsquo;s really fixed it up,&rdquo; Cotten said.</p><p>He said he&rsquo;ll be sticking around for awhile.</p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/getting-landlords-make-energy-efficiencies-108420 Chicago startup sees big energy savings in big data http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/chicago-startup-sees-big-energy-savings-big-data-106302 <p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/katherineofchicago/2443941619/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bunglaow%20by%20katherine%20of%20chicago.jpg" style="height: 458px; width: 610px;" title="Bungalows, like this one in Berwyn, could provide Effortless Energy with a replicable model for cost-effective energy efficiency retrofits. (Flickr/katherine of chicago)" /></a></p><p>In the age of big data, it pays &mdash; or, in this case, saves &mdash; to put your nerdiest foot forward.</p><p>Matthew Gee co-founded Chicago startup <a href="http://goeffortless.com" target="_blank">Effortless Energy</a>, where his business card reads &ldquo;Chief Nerd.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I swim in this stuff,&rdquo; he says, mocking up a probability distribution on a whiteboard in the company&rsquo;s offices in Merchandise Mart tech incubator&nbsp;<a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/01/18/1871-chicago-entrepreneurs-to-open-startup-tech-center/">1871</a>. Gee, a third-year PhD student studying computational public policy at the University of Chicago, started the business in 2012 with a fellow University of Chicago student, Claire Tramm.</p><p>They want to be a one-stop shop for residential energy efficiency retrofits. Simple upgrades like air sealing can save American homeowners energy and money &mdash; sometimes as much as 50 percent on their energy bills. For low-income residents, who typically pay between one quarter and one third of their income in energy costs, the savings can be powerful. Cumulatively these retrofits could make a serious dent in our carbon footprint; the U.S. residential sector is nearly as large a source of carbon emissions as transportation.</p><p>Gee and Tramm think they have an answer for the question that dogs every energy saver who sings the praises of efficiency: If it&rsquo;s so good, why isn&rsquo;t everyone doing it?</p><p><a href="http://nextcity.org/forefront/view/home-economics">For many families, it can be difficult to finance</a> an effective retrofit. And in a highly technical market, good information tends to be in even shorter supply. Like <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-01/stimulus-dollars-insulate-chicago-homes-105178">Illinois&rsquo; own stimulus-funded energy efficiency program</a>, Effortless Energy fills in that gap.</p><p>Their product is called a Home Energy Efficiency Service Agreement, and it works like this: The company pays for its customers&rsquo; energy audits and certain retrofits, sharing in the energy savings until the investment pays for itself. The customer pays less, even after its monthly installments to Effortless Energy. If Illinois were to adopt an <a href="http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/a-new-way-to-foot-efficiency-upgrades/">on-bill repayment policy</a> like the one California has, it could streamline this process by combining the two bills.</p><p>The default rate for utility bills is under 2 percent, lower than for credit cards or mortgages. Gee said the company estimates 8-9 out of 10 customers will pay back the loans in full.</p><p>CEO Claire Tramm conceded their business model might also benefit from a region with higher energy prices, such as California. &ldquo;But if it can work here,&rdquo; she joked, &ldquo;it can work anywhere.&rdquo;</p><p>And they are careful about which homes they target. Roughly 60 percent of Chicago&rsquo;s housing stock is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/look-centurys-chicago-bungalow">bungalows</a>. A partnership with <a href="http://www.dnrwindows.com/">DNR Construction</a>, which is well-versed in bungalow renovation, could help them tap into a $230 billion U.S. market, Gee said.<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/contractor-blower-door.jpg" style="height: 239px; width: 305px; float: right;" title="A contractor with Building Energy Experts conducts a blower door test to assess an Avondale home's leakiness. (WBEZ/Chris Bentley)" /></p><p>Their proprietary algorithm shares DNA with the code that powers investment banking, but Gee likens it more to retirement savings &mdash; they&rsquo;re in it for the long haul, he says.&nbsp;It works by quantifying the variance in a slew of home energy efficiency metrics, such as a building&rsquo;s insulation value and draftiness, and optimizes for the best returns. That means they know with what level of certainty any given improvement, such as installing a new heating and ventilation system, will return a certain amount of savings each year.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re viewing each home as part of an investment portfolio,&rdquo; Gee said. Their system works best in homes with <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/smart-meters">smart meters</a>, thanks to those digital device&rsquo;s more robust data. Typically energy audits result in a hard-line recommendation: Install a new heating system and save $1,000 per year, for example. But for many customers, Gee said, that implied certainty is hard to believe. Instead Effortless Energy projects a range of savings.</p><p>&ldquo;No one is building uncertainty into energy models, but we need that uncertainty,&rdquo; Gee said. &ldquo;When we&rsquo;re making an investment decision, we&rsquo;re not just looking at the mean, but the spread.&rdquo;</p><p>Gee&rsquo;s PhD research uses computational modeling to analyze energy use and consumer behavior, anticipating a day when an integrated smart grid would use big data to optimize energy efficiency nationwide.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" name="Effortless Energy from Impact Engine on Vimeo." scrolling="no" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/54490978?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=fc0303" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p>Wells Fargo no longer offers its <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/realestate/07mort.html?_r=0">energy efficient mortgages</a>, and <a href="http://www.ase.org/resources/property-assessed-clean-energy-financing-pace">&quot;Property Assessed Clean Energy&quot; loans</a> have <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/business/energy-environment/01solar.html?pagewanted=all">met the same fate</a>. With traditional catalysts for energy efficiency retrofits on the outs, Effortless Energy hopes to gain a foothold in a massive, still largely untapped market.</p><p>They have done 7 or 8 home tests validating their model, and will soon begin a pilot program on 20 homes in Oak Park, opting for the West Side suburb because of its renewable power bonafides. Oak Park became <a href="http://www.oak-park.us/aggregation/">the first municipality in the state to pursue an &quot;all-green&quot; power program</a> that favors wind and solar power, and purchases <a href="http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/gpmarket/rec.htm">credits</a> to offset any nonrenewable sources.</p><p>Gee may bill himself as Chief Nerd, but he knows it isn&rsquo;t numbers that ultimately close deals. Energy efficiency, he says, has an emotional appeal: it could save money and energy, but when it saves you from reaching for a winter blanket, the investment has paid off.</p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/chicago-startup-sees-big-energy-savings-big-data-106302 ICC says ComEd can delay rollout of smart meters http://www.wbez.org/news/icc-says-comed-can-delay-rollout-smart-meters-104210 <p><p>The Illinois Commerce Commission has agreed to let Commonwealth Edison delay the rollout of so-called &quot;smart&quot; meters.</p><p>The digital devices record electricity consumption in greater detail than older meters. They will be installed on homes in ComEd&#39;s&nbsp;service area as part of a program to modernize the electrical grid to prevent outages and help consumers save money.&nbsp;</p><p>The ICC voted Wednesday to grant the company&#39;s request to postpone.</p><p>But the commission said it did not think ComEd&#39;s claim of insufficient funding for the project was valid.<br /><br />&quot;The rates that were approved by the commission allow them to recover all of their expenses associated with this project as well as to earn a return on their investment in it,&quot; said Beth Bosch, spokesperson for the commission.</p><p>ComEd disagrees with the ICC on 12 technical issues in the commission&#39;s proposed rate formula. The company said the ICC&#39;s formulas will decrease its revenues by at least $100 million per year and make the smart meter project unsustainable.</p><p>&quot;We are not going to be able to embark on a billion-dollar investment program without assurance of having adequate funding,&quot; said Judy Rader of ComEd.</p><p>ComEd wants to delay installation until 2015;&nbsp;the ICC said it will revisit the issue in April.</p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/icc-says-comed-can-delay-rollout-smart-meters-104210 Occupy Chicago wins again! Bears listen to their demands to release Chris Harris http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-27/occupy-chicago-wins-again-bears-listen-their-demands-release-chris-h <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-27/AP110729060852.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I'm going to start a new segment today called "Occupy-related media found on Facebook." There's really no way to tell if this stuff is real or taken out of context, so I preface my new segment with a disclaimer: This was found on Facebook. So take that with a grain of salt.</p><p>I saw this on a friend's post - a letter thrown out the window from the Chicago Board of Trade. This person doesn't like the protesters and has something to say about it (and the state of our economy). I linked it back to<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/comments/lpy0b/just_got_back_from_a_rally_at_the_board_of_trade/"> Reddit where it has 400+ comments</a>, mostly arguing about how much teachers actually make.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-27/reddit-letter.jpg" style="width: 570px; height: 376px;" title=""></p><p>So <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-chicago-protests-city-hall-93524">Occupy Chicago marched on City Hall yesterday to deliver a petition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel</a>. The petition is all about letting Occupy Chicago set up in Grant Park without being arrested. The mayor didn't come out, but a spokesperson did. If they don't hear anything from the mayor's office in two weeks, the protesters are threatening to come back again. I wasn't there yesterday, but did the protesters hit drums in that cavernous hallway? God that would have been annoying. I'm sorry, I'm down with protesting City Hall, but that's like honking your horn in Loop rush hour traffic. It may be justified, but that doesn't mean it still isn't super annoying.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: The state legislature <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/8429910-418/illinois-senate-overrides-gov-quinns-veto-of-comed-rate-hike-bill.html">got to work yesterday and overrode the Governor Quinn veto on the ComEd smart grid</a>. What's that, you say? Well, ComEd wants state money to create a better grid for delivering electricity. They want to raise your rates per month for the next 10+ years to pay for it. They claim the smart grid technology will allow them to better deliver electricity - and allow consumers to better monitor its use. Quinn vetoed the bill this summer because he felt the legislation was just a way for the utility companies to raise rates on Illinois consumers. Critics believe that ComEd will never bring the rates back down once the smart grid is in place. I don't know.&nbsp; If there is one thing I believe Governor Quinn is experienced in, it's fighting the utility companies. That's really how he made his name. So if he can't win on this, what does that mean for legislation he isn't strong on? In this case, I believe in Governor Quinn's track record. And he was joined by our State's Attorney Lisa Madigan. They were trounced in the veto vote. That's why this might be a tough day for Illinois. Energy lobbyists: 1, Quinn/Lisa Madigan: 0.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: The Chicago Childrens Museum's move to Grant Park has been officially <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-childrens-museum-20111027,0,7811576.story">'scuttled.'</a> I thought that was already a given? Is there a new editor in Chicago news who hasn't been paying attention during the last year? Did they transfer someone from marketing who is taking press releases or budget proposals as first time news? This is a footnote story, not a headline. Sorry, but when the museum said they were going to propose expanding at Navy Pier, what did you think that meant?</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: I didn't know that Alderman Dick Mell was an avid reader of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-28/attention-tax-man-here-are-few-more-suggestions-nex-taxes-wont-you-a">this here blog</a>. Yesterday, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/8435830-418/alderman-asks-whether-bikes-should-be-licensed.html">he recalled a post I did earlier (not by name) suggesting we license bikes</a>. If he starts fact-checking Wikipedia pages to the stars, then we might have a problem. For the record, I agree with the alderman. License bikes and ticket them if they don't stop at red lights and stop signs. Done. A trillion dollars and a city surplus. Glory days are here again. What can I say? I'm a taste maker.</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/8435852-417/failure-to-shovel-snow-from-your-sidewalk-could-prove-costly.html">Alderman Tunney wants to ticket you if you don't shovel your snow</a>. You've been warned, deadbeat! Now, license dibs.</p><p><strong>F story</strong>: Zorn is covering the Cellini trial. Wants to know the <a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2011/10/what-the-h-kind-of-job-is-levine.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chicagotribune%2Fchangeofsubject+%28Chicago+Tribune+-+Change+of+Subject%29">right spelling and meaning</a> of wack job. Or is it whack job?</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Ah, the end of October. It's sideways rain time!</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-release-veteran-safety-chris-harris-20111027,0,4423702.story">The Bears released Safety Chris Harris today</a>. Yikes, that's the end of the line for a guy who experts and fans believed was the permanent fix. Harris came in last year and solidified a position that was constantly underachieving. He started this year but got hurt and came back tentative. He must have had it out with coaching or something because he went from a leader of the defense to being cut in a matter of weeks. Ah, football. Lovie and Jerry Angelo seem to be very bi-polar with their players. Is Bears management disloyal? Last year, the Bears fell out of favor with their prized defensive tackle Tommie Harris. They unceremoniously cut DE's Alex Brown and Mark Anderson. Before that, they shipped their workhorse running back Thomas Jones and demoted and released star cornerback Nathan Vasher. This year, they balked on paying Olin Kreutz, Lance Briggs and of course, Matt Forte. Interesting picture.</p><p>Also, wasn't <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=6646841">Chris Harris rather outspoken</a> (via Twitter) during the lockout? Payback.</p><p>Hey, if you want a great summary of the Bears vs. Bucs game from someone in attendance, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-24/bears-are-4-3-which-according-players-and-coaches-exactly-where-they">check out W Shane Oman's take</a>. He left a comment this morning on last week's wrap-up. Great read about experiencing football abroad.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Did you see the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-26/jc-brooks-and-uptown-sound-deliver-some-21st-century-soul-93493">performance of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound in our studios</a>? Great song and video, edited by Andrew Gill:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31142601?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-27/occupy-chicago-wins-again-bears-listen-their-demands-release-chris-h Suburban officials lobby to uphold 'smart grid' veto http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-officials-lobby-uphold-smart-grid-veto-93058 <p><p>Suburban government officials are calling on Illinois lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of legislation backed by Commonwealth Edison.</p><p>Members of the Northwest Municipal Conference said the electric company should make improvements to its infrastructure and response systems that left thousands without power for days earlier this year. Wilmette village president Christopher Canning says those improvements must come before ComEd is allowed to raise rates for new “smart grid” technology.</p><p>“The communications problems, the reliability problems, the infrastructure problems exist and will not be solved by smart grid,” said Canning.</p><p>Members of the conference called ComEd's response to July's massive thunderstorms, which left more than 850,000 people without power, “abysmal”.</p><p>In September, Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation that would have allowed the state’s two electric utility companies to raise rates in order to make improvements to the power grid, dismissing it as a power grab.</p><p>ComEd insists a smart grid system is necessary to get customers back online quickly after outages and save money in the long run.</p></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-officials-lobby-uphold-smart-grid-veto-93058 ComEd: Smart grid could save customers $2.8 billion http://www.wbez.org/story/comed-smart-grid-could-save-customers-28-billion-90278 <p><p>Commonwealth Edison says smart grid technology could save customers more than $2.8 billion dollars over the next 20 years. ComEd released an analysis Monday from Black &amp; Veatch that puts the cost of installing smart grid as less than or equal to the savings.</p><p>Mike McMahan, Vice President of Smart Grid and Technology for ComEd, said a rate hike of $3 per customer would cover the cost of the technology, and it would be made up soon after the smart grid was installed.&nbsp;</p><p>"We estimate at least $2 of that would be returned to the customer on their bills at the end of the deployment period and there would be an additional $1 in savings associated with fewer outages. So benefit to the consumer that doesn't pass through the utility," he said.</p><p>McMahan said the savings identified in the analysis would come from three major changes. First, the smart grid technology would eliminate manual meter reading, and thus meter reading jobs, because the smart meters would send information directly to ComEd. This would also mean, according to ComEd, more accurate bills and fewer service visits. Secondly, McMahan said smart meters would detect electricity theft and therefore cut down on energy losses. Lastly, McMahan said the new technology would bring enhanced disconnection and reconnection of services, minimizing collection costs during storms, power outages or even when a renter is ending their ComEd service.</p><p>Yet all of this rests on the signature of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Earlier this year, legislators in Springfield passed the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act that would authorize rate hikes for both ComEd and Ameren customers that would foot the smart grid bill. Quinn has said he would not sign the measure, as he wants power companies, rather than consumers, to pay for smart grid.</p><p>The bill also doesn't sit well with members of the Citizens Utility Board. Executive Director David Kolata said he supports installing smart grid, but he doesn't think this bill is the way to do it.</p><p>"I think this analysis is further evidence that smart grid would be good investment for consumers -- we do think it's something that will save consumers money in medium and long term," Kolata said. "It's the other parts, though, that are problematic. You have to make sure you get those right. It's serving as Trojan horse for significant regulatory changes that apply to all ComEd's costs -- if it was just smart grid, it would have passed already."</p><p>The bill is currently on Governor Quinn's desk.</p></p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 21:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/comed-smart-grid-could-save-customers-28-billion-90278