The public is invited to see first-hand a demonstration of the electric “Smart Grid” technology, learn about ways to cut your electric bill, and discuss electric legislation that will be voted on in the veto session later this month. The community town hall, hosted by State Representative Bob Pritchard, will be held Tuesday, October 11th at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Dr., Sycamore. The demonstrations will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by questions and answers. Speakers include Ross Hemphill, ComEd Vice President of Regulatory Strategies, and David Kolata, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board.
Last spring after months of negotiations, the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (or “Smart Grid” bill) passed the General Assembly, but was subsequently vetoed by Governor Quinn. Pritchard said that the legislation will be hotly debated during the upcoming fall veto session so he invites citizens to learn about the issue and share their views.
“The modernization of our electric infrastructure is too important not to work for compromise and a workable solution,” Pritchard said. “It brings a cleaner, more reliable power supply; billions of dollars in infrastructure investment that creates jobs for Illinois; ‘net’ metering; and energy efficiency. Many believe the system upgrade will also help with business attraction to Illinois and in retaining businesses.”
Hear about the concerns some people have raised with the legislation, what the smart grid technology is all about and information on ways consumers are already managing their energy use for lower costs per month. Pritchard said the demonstrations are very informative and consumers will share information about their efforts to reduce electric consumption.
Pritchard said there will also be information about a new initiative that allows municipalities and counties to reduce electricity costs for residents and small businesses. “Under the law which went into effect last year, the local units of government by referendum can purchase electricity at a discounted rate through energy brokers,” the legislator added. Several municipalities are already planning to take the issue to voters next spring.