“[The grid is] moving away from a passive to an active grid … solar, wind and electrical storage devices, power that not only flows from the utility to the customer, but now from the customer back to the utility.”
– Steve Griffith, of the National Electrical Manufacturing Association on the expected rapid growth of microgrids
“We’re initiating our … shift from today’s pipeline architecture – moving central-station power across wires to customers at the other end – to a platform architecture, which is the business architecture of the 21st Century.”
– ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures and urging lawmakers nationwide to help utilities shift to new business models.
“We see this as the tool for energy democracy. We feel there should be local control of energy planning and decisions about where the supply should come from.”
– Ulster County, N.Y. legislator Jen Metzger, whose community is taking advantage of a program that allows cities, towns and villages to aggregate their electricity buying, boost the contractual share of renewable energy that customers receive and collectively lower utility rates.