Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages; announced on May 4 that it has joined Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) – the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area – in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar; and other infrastructure projects.

Name-Dropping: CUB and Illinois AG Say Nicor Advanced Energy Should Change Identity

We all know the marketing advantages of name recognition. Now, one Illinois energy retailer that has been relying on its status as a household name to recruit customers may have to find a new moniker and logo, if the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) in Chicago … Read more…

Groups Seek to Update Green Building Standards

Groups Seek to Update Green Building Standards

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the International Code Council (ICC), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) are proposing changes to high performance building standards. ASHRAE says that the organizations are offering nine changes to Standard … Read more…

Illinois Commerce Commission: Design Elements of MISO Auction Need Re-examining

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved comments on June 29, set to be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in three separate complaint cases regarding the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s 2015-2016 Planning Resource Auction. The complaints were filed by the advocacy group Public … Read more…

Bavarian Building Coated in ‘Frozen Smoke’ Saves Energy

Bavarian Building Coated in ‘Frozen Smoke’ Saves Energy

Boston-based Cabot, a specialty chemicals company, said its Lumira Aerogel has been used to deliver natural light, provide thermal insulation and cut energy costs in a building designed as an energy efficiency role model in Bavaria, Germany. Sometimes called “frozen smoke,” the Aerogel is hydrophobic, … Read more…

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