Executive Director
Energy Council


June 21, 2018

Only Working Group 6 has met since our last newsletter. This week's session was on Climate Change and Grid Resiliency. On Wednesday, WG6 heard presentations from Tom Skilling, WGN's Chief Meteorologist, and James Breitkreitz, Risk Engineering Executive Technical Director at Zurich North America. Tom shared how the changing climate is impacting weather patterns and its impact on property, humans, and the economy. James presented on an insurers perspective on the need for a resilient power infrastructure. A group discussion followed on the risks and challenges facing energy demand, generation, distribution and grid infrastructure; what the potential economic, social and environmental impacts from climate change were on Illinois' grid; and how can we address these issues and what do policy makers need to implement those solutions.
Working Group 4 has issued the initial draft outline for topics for the WG4 report. I'll be soliciting comments to the outline soon. I want to remind members of the importance of engaging in the NextGrid process. This process is poised to impact the regulatory and economic arenas of Illinois' energy landscape. Any feedback is appreciated.
67th Annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy - July 12
Don't miss this event! The 67th Annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy is on July 12 th in Chicago. This globally respected review of overall energy trends has been presented for the last 67 years and continues to provide high-quality, objective data on world energy markets. If you've attended before, you know this is a premier presentation you should not miss.

This year's event is hosted at the Illinois Commerce Commission in Chicago and will be live streamed to the ICC offices in Springfield.

When: Thursday, July 12th
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   Presentation
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.     Informal Lunch Discussion
Where: Illinois Commerce Commission
160 North LaSalle, C-800
Chicago, IL 60601
Space is limited and RSVP is required. RSVP HERE

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 10th Annual Economic Development in Illinois Awards - the Edies. The Edies honor outstanding economic development projects completed in the calendar year of 2017 that imagine, design, invest, build and bring jobs, growth and prosperity to Illinois communities. More information can be found at the  Edie homepage.

Nominations are being accepted now until 5 p.m. June 29, 2018. For additional questions, please contact Katie Stonewater at

Acting Commissioner Anastasia Palivos is hosting a Policy Session on energy storage. The session will feature panels discussing how energy storage integrates with the electric grid and consider the current legal and regulatory framework. The panelists will also examine practices in other states that Illinois could adopt. This will be a good look into possible policy considerations that could be proposed to the legislature and what changes to Illinois' current laws are needed for storage adaption.

The session is June 27, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:25 PM. It will be held in the Main Hearing Room, C-800, 8th Floor, ICC. No RSVP is necessary. More information, including the agenda, can be found at the ICC's website .

Cyber security is an issue that impacts all of us, regardless of who we or what we do. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is hosting its third annual Cyber Security Conference to bring together public and private entities to discuss policy and best practice in cyber security to help businesses be prepared for whatever the future brings.

Collaboration and communication between government entities and the private sector is essential to our success combating cyber threats. Featured speakers include NIST, Merit Labs, Baker McKenzie, the U.S. Security Service and more. For more information, visit the conference website.


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