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Full Text of HB2855  101st General Assembly




State of Illinois
2019 and 2020


Introduced , by Rep. Robyn Gabel


220 ILCS 5/16-107.8 new

    Amends the Public Utilities Act. Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to initiate a process whereby the Commission shall develop a forward-looking plan for strategically increasing transportation electrification in the State, that the process shall be open and transparent, and that the process shall conclude within 270 days of opening. Provides that the plan developed by the Commission shall incentivize transportation electrification through beneficial electrification programs, may include specific directives for public utilities in the State that enable transportation electrification or beneficial electrification, and should specifically address environmental justice interests and provide opportunities for residents and businesses in environmental justice communities to directly benefit from transportation electrification. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Findings.
5    (a) The transportation sector is now the leading source of
6carbon pollution in Illinois, responsible for roughly
7one-third of all carbon emissions. The State of Illinois should
8set forth an ambitious goal to remove the equivalent of
91,000,000 gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles from our roads
10by quickly implementing new policies that expand access to
11transit, promote walking and biking mobility, and increase
12electric vehicle adoption. If managed appropriately, electric
13vehicle adoption will drastically reduce emissions from
14transportation, and could save Illinois residents billions of
16    (b) In addition to better air quality and safer climate,
17Illinois residents that do not use electric vehicles also
18benefit from greater adoption through lower electric bills
19resulting from the greater utilization of the electric grid
20during off-peak hours.
21    Section 5. The Public Utilities Act is amended by adding
22Section 16-107.8 as follows:



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1    (220 ILCS 5/16-107.8 new)
2    Sec. 16-107.8. Beneficial electrification.
3    (a) The purpose of this Section is to decrease reliance on
4fossil fuels and to ensure that electric vehicle adoption and
5increased electricity usage demand do not place significant
6additional burdens on the electric distribution system.
7    (b) In this Section, "managed charging program" means a
8program whereby owners of electric vehicles connect their
9charging infrastructure to a network that has the ability to
10remotely control the time and level of charge based on the
11electric distribution grid's current demand, market rates, or
12availability of clean energy generation.
13    (c) Within 120 days after the effective date of this
14amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, the Illinois
15Commerce Commission shall initiate a process whereby the
16Commission shall develop a forward-looking plan for
17strategically increasing transportation electrification in the
18State. The process shall be open and transparent with inclusion
19of stakeholder interests, including stakeholders representing
20environmental justice interests. This process shall conclude
21within 270 days of opening. The plan shall incentivize
22transportation electrification through beneficial
23electrification programs, as described in subsection (d),
24taking into consideration incentives available through the
25Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and other
26sources. The plan may include specific directives for public



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1utilities in the State that enable transportation
2electrification or beneficial electrification. The plan should
3specifically address environmental justice interests and
4should provide opportunities for residents and businesses in
5environmental justice communities to directly benefit from
6transportation electrification.
7    (d) Beneficial electrification programs, as described
8elsewhere in this Act and in the Electric Vehicle Act, shall be
9defined as programs which replace fossil fuel use and improve
10electric grid operation. Programs should provide for
11incentives such that customers are encouraged to use
12electricity at times of low overall system usage or at times
13when generation from renewable energy sources is high. Programs
14that qualify as beneficial electrification programs include:
15        (1) time-of-use rates under Section 16-107.7;
16        (2) managed charging programs;
17        (3) electric vehicle-to-grid;
18        (4) demand response;
19        (5) renewable energy generation located in close
20    proximity to the intended energy user; and
21        (6) other such programs as defined by the Commission in
22    the stakeholder process described in subsection (b).
23    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
24becoming law.