Meeting Planned to Discuss IL Electricity Demands

The meeting is to feature representatives from the ICC, Com-Ed, Illinois Power, Ameren, Mid-American and the Retail Electric Supplier Coalition.

They're getting together in Chicago to talk about whether Illinois will be able to meet electricity demands this summer. The meeting comes a week after a draft report that warned of power problems in Illinois' future unless the state takes action.

It recommends the state improve tree trimming, embrace new energy sources and promote programs to reduce demand. The report was prepared by a state panel formed as part of efforts to avoid a massive blackout like the one that left millions of East Coast residents in the dark last summer.