Sargent & Lundy to Participate in the NextGrid: Illinois’ Utility of the Future Study

NextGrid is a consumer-focused study to transform Illinois’ energy landscape and economy

January 16, 2018 – Sargent & Lundy is proud to be a part of NextGrid: Illinois’ Utility of the Future Study.  The University of Illinois, in consultation with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is conducting the consumer-focused study to transform Illinois’ energy landscape and economy.

As part of the study, seven working groups have been identified to meet regularly, develop a shared base of information, and build consensus, where applicable, on critical issues currently facing the electric utility industry and as it continues to rapidly transform. Research, technical information dissemination, stakeholder discussion and feedback, and consensus-building will occur in the Working Groups led by subject matter experts. Working group participants will include experts and thought leaders from utilities, energy companies, providers of grid modernization technologies, consumer advocates, environmental organizations, and other electricity market actors.

Selection of members for NextGrid’s first working group, New Technology and Grid Integration, includes Sargent & Lundy Vice President Brian Kelley. The group, which is being chaired by Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour of the Illinois Institute of Technology, began meeting in December. Additionally, Sargent & Lundy submitted nominations for four of the remaining six working groups, which will be formed in the near future: Metering, Communications and Data; Reliability, Resiliency, and Cyber Security; Customer and Community Participation; and Electricity Markets.

The work completed by these groups will culminate in a comprehensive final report compiled by the University of Illinois that will outline opportunities and challenges of grid modernization. The report will educate policy makers and energy stakeholders; identify options for modernizing grid infrastructure and the policies regulating it; and examine potential impacts for consumers, utilities, and the environment.

The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the study. To submit a comment, please email


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