The GridWise Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center have ranked Illinois as second in the nation for its grid modernization, marking the third year in a row the state has been recognized as a top state.
The 2016 Grid Modernization Index (GMI) is a report that evaluates and ranks states on progress made relating to modernizing their electric systems with smart grid technologies.
“Our smart grid work has helped to deliver the best four years on record of power reliability and service to our customers,” ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore said in a press release. “We are building off the foundation of this work to help move Illinois to a clean energy future and provide greater access to renewables, energy efficiency and valuable job training within our communities.”
The recognition comes as ComEd has worked to modernize its energy grid and the passage of Illinois smart grid legislation passed in 2011 which prompted ComEd to modernize its 100-year system. According to ComEd, the legislation has set the stage to grow solar and wind energy to power one million homes and nearly doubles energy efficiency programs. This has created over $4 billion in consumer savings and also reduced enough CO2 equivalent to taking 18 million cars off the road, according to the company.