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Congressional Dems tout clean energy

One Illinois Summary Illinois congressional Democrats insisted Tuesday that climate change is a public-health issue and, by extension, an economic issue demanding immediate action with the new Biden administration. U.S. Rep. Sean Casten of Downers Grove led five colleagues Tuesday in an...

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Gov. Pritzker announces 8 principles for a clean and renewable Illinois economy

WAND 17 Summary Governor JB Pritzker announced eight principles that he said will serve as a foundation to transitioning Illinois to a clean energy economy. "When it comes to clean energy innovation, Illinois is a leader in the Midwest, and by working together, we can build on that...

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NIU to update infrastructure

Ashley Dwy, Northern Star Summary With a budget of $3.7 million, the University aims to either improve or repair the critical electrical infrastructure that keeps the campus functioning. The next six years have the potential to be a significant improvement for facility investments in...

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Illinois marijuana growers will face energy efficiency and reporting rules

David Thill, Energy News Network Summary The state law seeks to avoid blackouts and other grid problems when its marijuana law takes effect Jan. 1. When Illinois’ new law legalizing recreational marijuana takes effect Jan. 1, growers will face some of the strongest energy efficiency and...

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A Democrat Ran on Climate Change in a Republican Stronghold - and Won

Emily Atkin, The New Republic Summary Sean Casten's win in Illinois's 6th Congressional District is a lesson for the Democratic Party. If Sean Casten had talked about climate change once during his campaign, that would have been more than most Democrats running for Congress. But Casten...

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State releases more than $6.6M for boiler repairs at NIU

Daily Chronicle Summary DeKALB – Northern Illinois University’s archaic boiler system finally has the green light to go away and make room for modern equipment. According to a news release from the office of Gov. Bruce Rauner, more than $6.6 million in capital funding has been released as...

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States Say FERC Overstepped its Bounds in PJM Capacity Market Order

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary FERC’s June order finding PJM's market rules unjust and unreasonable is the product of years of debate among players in the mid-Atlantic electricity market over the impact of state energy policies. Gas and coal generators argue policies like nuclear...

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Driving Key Performance Indicators with Metering and Controls Data

Summary The proliferation of data accumulation and low cost data storage has generated information beyond that which the individual can review and manage. By understanding the data available, key performance indicators can be established to identify inefficient energy use system wide and...


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Converted Turbine, New Boilers and Stacks: Reliable, Responsible, Ready for Growth

Summary Abbott Power Plant at the Champaign-Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois recently completed a two-phase project to remove three 325 psig boilers and install three 850 psig boilers to increase the reliability and flexibility of the cogeneration operation. The project is part of...


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UC System Expansion and Renewal

Summary The University of Chicago’s South Steam Plant (SSP) was originally commissioned in the 1920s as a coal-fired power plant. In the 1970s, the plant was modified to remove coal-fired boilers from operation; four (4) new field-erected single-burner boilers were installed.The dual-fuel...