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

Record-High Levels of Transmission Investment Reported

  A new report from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) finds that investor-owned electric companies are making significant investments to build needed transmission infrastructure that will enhance the nation’s energy grid to meet the changing energy needs of today’s customers. The report, Transmission Projects: At A Glance, finds that EEI member companies’ total transmission investment in 2015 reached a record $20.1 billion.

Please see complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-January 2017

General Assembly Passes Future Energy Bill In Veto Session

  On the final day of the Fall Veto Session, the Illinois General Assembly passed one of the most wide-ranging energy policy bills in the past 20 years – the Future Energy Jobs Bill.  The bill would provide funding through a “zero emissions credit” mechanism to keep open nuclear power plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities area.  It would also dramatically increase spending on energy efficiency programs offered by the state’s major utilities and restructure the state’s renewable portfolio standards program.

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-December 2016

Veterans In Energy Hold National Leadership Summit

   The American Gas Association (AGA) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) are proud co-sponsors of Veterans in Energy, a new national professional initiative providing transition, retention and professional development support to military veterans working in the energy industry. The group held its National Leadership Summit in Washington, DC on October 14, to bring together veterans currently working in energy to hear from leaders in the industry and the federal government, all of whom will speak about the work being done around the country to support transitions from military life to successful careers in energy.

See the complete article in the Illinois Energy Forum-November 2016