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1     AN ACT concerning utilities.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 5. The Public Utilities Act is amended by adding
5 Section 16-107.7 as follows:
6     (220 ILCS 5/16-107.7 new)
7     Sec. 16-107.7. Net Metering Task Force.
8     (a) The General Assembly finds and declares all of the
9 following:
10         (1) In Public Act 95-420, the General Assembly found
11     and declared that a program to provide net electricity
12     metering can (i) encourage private investment in renewable
13     energy resources, (ii) stimulate economic growth, (iii)
14     enhance the continued diversification in Illinois' energy
15     resource mix, and (iv) protect the Illinois environment.
16         (2) The Illinois net metering program provides retail
17     rate net metering for systems with a nameplate rating of 40
18     kilowatts and below.
19         (3) The General Assembly finds that it is in the
20     public's best interest to establish a task force to study
21     and evaluate net metering program experiences in other
22     states, examine the status of net metering in Illinois, and
23     determine whether any changes to the statutes concerning



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1     Illinois net metering are necessary.
2     (b) The General Assembly establishes the Net Metering Task
3 Force comprised of 16 members to be appointed no later than
4 August 2, 2010 in the following manner:
5         (1) one member appointed by the President of the
6     Senate;
7         (2) one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
8     Senate;
9         (3) one member appointed by the Speaker of the House of
10     Representatives;
11         (4) one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
12     House of Representatives;
13         (5) one member appointed by the Attorney General; and
14         (6) 11 members appointed by the Governor, including one
15     representative from the Office of the Governor, one
16     representative from the Illinois Commerce Commission, one
17     representative of the Illinois Power Agency, one
18     representative from the Department of Commerce and
19     Economic Opportunity, one representative from the Citizens
20     Utility Board, one representative from a membership
21     organization representing alternative retail electric
22     suppliers, one representative from the environmental
23     community, one representative from an Illinois public
24     utility serving 2 million or more retail electric
25     customers, one representative from 3 legally affiliated
26     Illinois public utilities serving fewer than 2 million



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1     retail electric customers, one representative from a
2     membership organization representing Illinois public
3     utilities, and one representative from a membership
4     organization representing Illinois retail merchants.
5     The Governor shall name a chairperson from among the Task
6 Force appointees.
7     (c) No later than March 1, 2011, the Task Force shall
8 submit a report to the General Assembly concerning the status
9 of net metering in Illinois and whether any legislative and
10 programmatic changes to the existing net metering law are
11 necessary. The Chairperson of the Task Force shall submit a
12 draft report to each of the members of the Task Force at least
13 30 days before submitting the required report to the General
14 Assembly. The members of the Task Force shall discuss the draft
15 report and record any votes taken on its contents. The draft
16 report receiving the approval of a majority of those appointed
17 to the Task Force shall be submitted to the General Assembly.
18 Any Task Force member voting not to approve the Task Force
19 report shall be allowed to submit a minority report for
20 inclusion in the Task Force report. The Task Force report to
21 the General Assembly shall include all minority reports
22 submitted to the Chairperson within 10 business days after the
23 day the Task Force approves the required report.
24     (d) The Task Force report shall include, at a minimum,
25 discussion of the following topics:
26         (1) net metering policies and experiences from other



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1     states;
2         (2) the effects associated with expanded net metering
3     development in Illinois, including its impact on renewable
4     and diversified energy development, economic development,
5     job growth, peak electricity consumption, grid operation
6     and maintenance, and the environment;
7         (3) any uneconomic existing barriers to net metering
8     development in Illinois;
9         (4) whether legislation, policies, and other best
10     practices should be implemented to address uneconomic
11     barriers to net metering development in Illinois;
12         (5) the overall consumer costs and rate impacts, if
13     any, associated with implementing these policies,
14     including taking into account the associated benefits of
15     net metering development in Illinois; and
16         (6) an evaluation of the current net metering law to
17     determine how well it is functioning among the
18     participating utilities.
19     (e) The Illinois Commerce Commission shall provide
20 administrative support for the Task Force.
21     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
22 becoming law.