On December 6, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the creation of a Retail Market Advisory Committee to advance efforts to foster a healthy retail marketplace in Illinois. The ICC’s Office of Retail Market Development (ORMD), in coordination with the Office of General Counsel (OGC) and the Consumer Services Division (CSD), sought establishment of the committee to encourage more engagement with retail energy suppliers.
The Illinois legislature wrapped up its Fall Veto Session on November 8 and now prepares to return to Springfield in early January for the second year of the 100th General Assembly. This year’s Veto Session was truly all about the vetoes.
A large number of vetoes by Governor Bruce Rauner were addressed during the two weeks of Veto Session (October 24-26 and November 7-9) and most of the Governor’s vetoes that were voted on by legislators were overridden and put into law over his objections. One major exception was his veto of a bill prohibiting local governments from establishing “right-to-work” zones which was upheld on two different votes in the House of Representatives. The margin in both situations was one vote.
On October 10, 2017, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), proposing to repeal the so-called “Clean Power Plan (CPP).” After reviewing the CPP, EPA has proposed to determine that the Obama-era regulation exceeds the Agency’s statutory authority. Repealing the CPP will also facilitate the development of U.S. energy resources and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens associated with the development of those resources, in keeping with the principles established in President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence.
“A reliable and resilient electric grid is critical not only to our national and economic security, but also to the everyday lives of American families,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry in announcing release of DOE’s long-awaited study on US electrical grid reliability, “It is my job to help ensure the electric grid and markets meet those needs now and in the future.”
On June 14, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) held its fourth annual supplier diversity policy session to discuss and review Illinois utilities’ 2016 procurement activities and spend with women, minority and veteran-owned businesses.
“Embracing and encouraging diversity is a continuous effort, and one the Illinois Commerce Commission is proud to lead,” said ICC Chairman Brien J. Sheahan. “Governor Rauner has been a trailblazer in promoting diversity, and I truly believe diversity makes organizations fundamentally better. Today's forum not only satisfies the legal requirement, but also presents an opportunity for us to hear personally from senior leaders on the topic of sustained and improved supplier diversity initiatives in Illinois.”
The Illinois General Assembly first passed, then overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of, a package of bills that provide the state’s first comprehensive budget in more than two years. The package of bills included Senate Bill 9 (an increase in the state’s personal and corporate income tax rates), Senate Bill 6 (a general spending plan for FY18) and Senate Bill 42 (a budget implementation bill).
The First Spring Session of the 100th Illinois General Assembly turned out to be very similar to the last Session of the 99th General Assembly: It’s headed into overtime for lack of a state budget, just like last year. In fact, the legislature and Governor Bruce Rauner failed to reach agreement on a budget for the third straight year.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the American Gas Association have launched a new grid and energy delivery security partnership that takes advantage of the growing interdependency and collaboration of the natural gas and electricity industries.
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently launched its consideration of the utility of the future, announcing NextGrid – a statewide collaborative to transform Illinois’ energy landscape and economy.
Convened by the Commission and led by an outside, expert facilitator, 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.
Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn and three other EEI officers – David Owens, Phil Moeller, and Richard McMahon – recently briefed Wall Street analysts, bankers, and investors on the state of the U.S. electric power industry.