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Grid-Enhancing Technologies (GETs) Highlighted in Illinois’ Renewable Energy Access Plan

Grid-enhancing technologies are not a panacea, but they significantly accelerate grid modernization without overburdening ratepayers

Chicago, IL – On Thursday, May 30th, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued its final order in the proceeding to develop a Renewable Energy Access Plan (REAP). The final plan aims to develop the necessary grid infrastructure in Illinois to achieve the state’s renewable energy and decarbonization goals in an equitable and cost-effective manner.

The final order includes recommendations that were advocated for by ELPC, along with its partners NRDC and Vote Solar, with respect to Grid-Enhancing Technologies (GETs) and other non-wires alternatives like demand response.

GETs and non-wires alternatives are an important part of the final plan, and the Commission noted their particular value as cost-effective, near-term solutions for modernizing the grid. The Commission staff will collaborate with utilities and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) to integrate these technologies into future planning and operations.

“Grid-enhancing technologies are not a panacea, but they significantly accelerate grid modernization without overburdening ratepayers,” said Nick Wallace, associate attorney of ELPC. “GETs can quickly and cost-effectively increase transmission capacity, reducing congestion costs and aiding in the integration of renewable resources. This plan ensures that utilities in Illinois will utilize these innovative and cost-effective transmission solutions.”

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