U of I Focuses on Energy With Newly-Formed NextGrid

Sep 27, 2017

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be at the forefront of helping develop the next generation of energy. It’s called NextGrid, and the 18-month study begins tomorrow.


NextGrid brings together several experts in the energy, utility and engineering fields to come up with new ways to produce the next generation of power. The Illinois Commerce Commission is overseeing NextGrid.

U of I Engineering professor George Gross is a lead facilitator for NextGrid.

He says the study will give the Illinois Commerce Commission specific recommendations to modernize the energy grid.

“To see what the future layout is going to be for the grid, given the many disturbance events we’ve had in recent years.”

Gross hopes the next generation of energy is clean, effective and efficient. He adds that solar and wind power will have a major part to play a future power grid.