Knoxville, TN, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 8, 2010 - The Illinois Statewide Smart Grid Collaborative (ISSGC), with the support of EnerNex Corporation as facilitator, has finalized a major two-year effort with the completion and submission to the Illinois Commerce Commission of the Collaborative Report.

The 356 page report is a summation of the Collaborative’s findings and recommendations regarding smart grid investments that could be considered by the electric utilities in Illinois and provides an informational resource for the ICC and a framework for consideration of future smart grid investments.

The report outlines 28 smart grid applications in the following seven categories:

  • Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)
  • Customer oriented applications
  • Demand response
  • Distribution automation
  • System/asset monitoring and modeling
  • Distributed resources
  • Transmission applications.

Consensus recommendations were achieved in many key consumer policy areas, including:

  • Data privacy and data access policy
  • Competitive retail market structure policy
  • Customer prepayment policy
  • Utility rates policy in a smart grid environment
  • Smart grid consumer education.

In addition, the report articulates differing viewpoints in areas of non-consensus, including cost recovery for smart grid investments and remote connection/disconnection.

The ISSGC was established by the ICC in September 2008 as a mechanism for all stakeholders in the Illinois electric industry to work together to collect information, exchange ideas and develop a framework to assist the Commission’s consideration of smart grid investments and related policies.

“By collaborating on smart grid issues prior to regulatory proceedings about smart grid investments, Illinois stakeholders have improved the prospects for successful grid modernization decision,” said Enernex in the report preface. “Participants in the ISSGC have built a foundation of common knowledge and a mutual understanding of their different perspectives. The decisional framework laid out by them should well-serve Illinois in years to come.”

Key recommendations include the use of open technologies over proprietary ones, and the use of officially recognized and standardized technologies over those that are not.

The Collaborative also makes recommendations for a cost-benefit framework to analyze smart grid investments.

The report will now be considered in a Smart Grid Policy Docket in which the Commission may adopt the policy framework developed in the Statewide Smart Grid Collaborative in whole or in part, or modify the policy framework.

EnerNex was contracted by Ameren Illinois and Commonwealth Edison.