Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that electric utilities and alternative retail electric suppliers must provide "net metering" to retail customers that own and operate a solar or wind electrical generating facility with a capacity of not more than 40 kilowatts located on the customer's premises and intended to offset part of the customer's electrical requirements. Effective immediately.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the introduced bill with the following changes. Changes all references from "electric utility" and "electric utility and an alternative retail electric supplier" to "electricity provider". Adds language providing that an eligible customer may include an electrical generating facility that uses other renewable energy resources and meets specified criteria. Provides that a net metering facility shall be equipped with metering equipment that can measure the flow of electricity in both directions at the same time. Adds language providing that an electricity provider shall continue to carry over any excess kilowatt-hour credits earned and apply those credits to subsequent billing periods to offset any customer-generator consumption in those billing periods until all credits are used or until the end of the annualized period. Provides that the electricity provider shall compensate the eligible customer for any excess kilowatt-hour credits at the electricity provider's average cost of electricity supply over the same calendar-year period. Provides that an electricity provider shall provide to net-metering customers electric service at non-discriminatory rates that are identical, with respect to rate structure, retail rate components, and any monthly charges, to the rates that the customer would be charged if not a net-metering customer. Adds language concerning renewable energy credits or greenhouse gas credits. Provides that within 120 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall establish standards for net energy metering and the interconnection of eligible renewable generating equipment to the utility system. Provides that an electricity provider must offer net energy metering to eligible customers until the load of its net energy metering customers equals 1% (instead of 0.1%) of the total peak demand supplied by that electricity provider during the previous year. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the engrossed bill with the following changes. Provides that and "eligible customer" means a retail customer that owns or (instead of and) operates a solar, wind, or other eligible renewable electrical generating facility with a rated capacity of not more than 2,000 kilowatts that is located on the customer's premises and is intended primarily to offset the customer's own electrical requirements. Provides that "net electricity metering" means the measurement, during the billing period applicable to an eligible customer, of the net amount of electricity supplied (instead of delivered) by an electricity provider to the customer's premises or provided to the electricity provider by the customer. Adds language specifying the equipment that shall be used at a net metering facility for residential customers and non-residential customers. Changes provisions concerning credits for customers at the end of a year that participate in net metering, and specifies the process that shall be used to determine the credits. Provides that within 120 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall establish standards for net metering and, if the Commission has not already acted on its own initiative, standards for the interconnection of eligible renewable generating equipment to the utility system. Provides that all electricity providers shall begin to offer net metering no later than April 1, 2008. Provides that an electricity provider shall maintain records and report annually to the Commission on certain information. Adds language for an optional meter aggregation program. Provides that none of the provisions of the amendatory Act shall affect the right of an electricity provider, to continue to provide or the right of a retail customer to continue to receive, service pursuant to a contract for electric service between the electricity provide and the retail customer, in accordance with the prices, terms, and conditions provided for in that contract, and that either the electricity provider or the customer may require compliance with the prices, terms, and conditions of that contract. Makes technical changes. Effective immediately.