Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Affordable and Clean Energy Standards (ACES) Act. Provides the findings of the General Assembly. Provides that electric utilities shall utilize cost-effective energy efficiency and load management investment in their energy resource portfolios according to specified guidelines. Provides that the Capital Development Board shall adopt the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, without amendment, as the statewide residential building code for new home construction and significant additions or remodels of existing homes. Includes a severability clause. Preempts home rule. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the introduced bill with the following changes. Adds findings of the General Assembly. Changes the provisions concerning utility energy efficiency programs. Removes provisions concerning the adoption of a residential building energy code, rules for enforcement of the Act, and home rule preemption. Amends the Energy Assistance Act to change the repeal date of a provision concerning the Supplemental Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund to December 31, 2015. Effective immediately.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Affordable and Clean Energy Standards (ACES) Law. Requires electric utilities and gas utilities to use cost-effective energy efficiency resources to meet specified incremental annual program energy savings goals. Provides that electric and natural gas utilities shall be responsible for overseeing the design, development, and filing of their efficiency plans with the Illinois Commerce Commission and provides that 25% of the approved programs shall be administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Requires that an electric utility shall procure or obtain cost-effective renewable energy resources in amounts that equal or exceed specified percentages of the total electricity that the electric utility supplies to its Illinois customers. Amends the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Coal Resources Development Law of 1997. Provides that 50% of moneys collected for the assistance charge shall be deposited in the Coal Technology Development Assistance Fund by the Department of Revenue for the exclusive purposes of (1) capturing or sequestering carbon emissions produced by coal combustion; (2) supporting research on the capture and sequestration of carbon emissions produced by coal combustion; and (3) improving coal miner safety. Creates the Wind Energy Indemnity Fund Law. Provides that the Director of the Department of Agriculture shall have all powers necessary to execute the provisions of the Law. Provides that the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act shall apply to the Law. Provides that final administrative decisions of the Department of Agriculture are subject to judicial review under the Code of Civil Procedure and provides that the Department may adopt rules that are necessary for the implementation and administration of the Law. Provides for assessments for the Wind Energy Indemnity Fund and provides for the installation and payment criteria. Provides for an abandonment provision concerning deconstruction procedures. Provides that the Department shall have a lien prior and paramount to all other liens of any other sort on the assets of the wind energy system. Provides the procedure by which a claimant may file a complaint concerning the Law. Creates the Illinois Wind Energy Fund Corporation and specifies its powers. Provides that neither the board of the Illinois Wind Energy Fund Corporation nor the Director has to the authority to alter, vary, or revise the provisions of the Law by agreement with any claimant or other entity. Effective immediately.
Changes the definition of "energy conservation" to include increased customer knowledge concerning the societal impacts of energy consumption (rather than impacts of consumption). Adds biodiesel as a renewable energy resource. Provides that a minimum of 10% of the entire (instead of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's) portfolio of cost-effective energy efficiency resources shall be procured from specified sources. Provides that notwithstanding certain requirements, an electric utility may reduce the amount of renewable energy resources procured under new contracts in any single by an amount necessary to limit the estimated average net increase due to the costs of these resources included in the amounts paid by retail customers in connection with electric service to no more than 0.5% of the amount paid by such customers during the preceding calendar year, with the limit increasing by 0.5% in each of the 3 years 2009 through 2011 (instead of including a provision for a maximum cap on the allowed estimated average increase due to the cost of the resources of 2.5%). Provides that an electric utility with fewer than 90,000 but more than 50,000 electric customers (instead of 50,000 customers) in Illinois as of January 1, 2007 shall be allowed to count renewable energy resources generated in a state adjoining Illinois for the purpose of meeting the renewable energy standard that is specified in certain provisions. Provides that nothing shall prohibit an electric utility from issuing a competitive solicitation for renewable energy resources in order to meet certain standards or (instead of "and") from beginning to recover the associated costs in advance of the conclusion of the specified rulemaking, provided that such electric utility shall have first requested and received Commission approval for the design and conduct of such solicitation and the associated cost recovery methodology and tariff. Changes the repeal date of the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Coal Resources Development Law of 1997 from December 16, 2007 to December 12, 2015. Makes technical changes.