Illinois Commerce Commission Creates Retail Market Advisory Committee

  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.

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-December 2017

Illinois General Assembly Wraps Up Fall Veto Session

  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.

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-November 2017

EPA Proposes Repeal of “Clean Power Plan”

  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.

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-October 2017

DOE Issues Grid Reliability Report

  “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.”

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum - September 2017

ICC Holds Fourth Annual Supplier Diversity Policy Session

  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.”

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-August 2017

Legislature Overrides Governor’s Vetoes To Approve 2018 Budget

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).

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-July 2017

ICC Initiates NextGrid Utility of the Future Study

   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.

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-April 2017