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NextGrid Collaborative Seeks Facilitator

​CHICAGO (June 30, 2017) – As announced at the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Regular Open Meeting on June 28, 2017, the stakeholder collaborative to transform Illinois' energy landscape and economy, is seeking a facilitator for the Utilities of the Future Study, or NextGrid.

As outlined by the Commission, NextGrid is an approximately eighteen-month consumer-focused and collaborative study. In addition to identifying and exploring future technological advancements and utility and regulatory models, the study will inform policymakers on the issues and challenges associated with a quickly evolving energy landscape and provide recommendations to the ICC and Illinois General Assembly on a range of tangible actions and policies available to best benefit customers and communities throughout Illinois.

In a resolution announcing the formation of NextGrid, the Commission called for the creation of an independent facilitator to lead the effort: 

"…'NextGrid' will be managed by the Commission, with the assistance of an expert, independent third-party facilitator who will engage electric utilities, communities, and other stakeholders, including industry, academia, ratepayer and environmental advocates in a process of education and discourse…"

Click here​ to download a copy of the facilitator requirements. Organizations or individuals interested in serving as a facilitator for the group must submit information on their qualifications and a statement of interest to NextGrid@comed.com and NextGrid@ameren.com by 5 pm on Friday, July 14, 2017.

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