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(20 ILCS 1120/2)
(from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7802)
(a) The General Assembly finds:
(1) that the reliable provision of adequate amounts of energy in the forms
required is of vital importance to the public welfare and to the continued
operation of business and industry; and (2) that many problems relating
to energy are beyond the ability of the national government to solve, or
are such that action by the national government would represent a displacement
of prerogatives that are properly those of the State government; and (3)
that there is a need for an organized and comprehensive approach for dealing
with energy matters in the State, which can be best served through the adoption
of a State energy policy.
(b) It is declared to be the policy of the State of Illinois:
(1) To become energy self-reliant to the greatest extent possible, primarily by
the utilization of the energy resources available within the borders of
this State, and by the increased conservation of energy; and
(2) To emphasize an approach to energy problems and solutions on a local
or regional basis, and to emphasize the use of renewable energy sources
wherever possible and practical to do so; and
(3) To seek and promote and aid the efforts of private citizens, businesses,
and industries in developing individual contributions to energy problems
and difficulties that are being encountered, making use of renewable energy
sources that are matched in quality to end-use needs; and
(4) The development of a comprehensive master plan for energy that considers
available supplies, production and conversion capabilities, levels of demand
by each energy type and level of total demand, and the changes in each that
are likely to occur over time is a priority that should be developed and
(c) The General Assembly further declares that the progress towards a
comprehensive energy plan should be in accordance with the following guidelines:
(1) The energy problems being faced in the State can be effectively addressed
only by a government that accepts responsibility for dealing with them comprehensively,
and by an informed public that understands the seriousness and is ready to
make the necessary commitment.
(2) Economic growth, employment, and production must be maintained.
(3) Policies for the protection of the environment must be maintained.
(4) The solutions sought as part of the master planning process must be
equitable and fair to all regions, sectors and income groups.
(5) The growth of energy demand must be prudently restrained through conservation
and improved efficiency of energy usage.
(6) Energy prices should generally reflect the true replacement cost of energy.
(7) Both energy producers and consumers are entitled to reasonable certainty
as to governmental energy policy.
(8) Resources in plentiful supply must be used more widely, and the State
or locality must begin the process of moderating the use of those in short supply.
(9) Use of nonconventional sources of energy must be vigorously expanded.
(10) The plans developed:
(i) should be realistic and consistent with the basic physical limitations
of energy production and utilization processes, and recognize the costs
and lead times necessary for implementation of large-scale projects.
(ii) must reflect both the need for early action in implementing near-term
programs and the need for early planning of programs having long lead times.
(iii) must allow flexible response and choice of alternatives to accommodate
changing requirements as well as presenting uncertainties in future requirements.
(iv) should reflect features that are unique to the State.
(v) should recognize the interdisciplinary aspects of State objectives
and provide positive guidance for coordination of various organizations and programs.
(vi) must consider both direct energy flows and indirect energy embodied
in the goods and services entering and leaving a region.
(vii) should recognize and include not only long-range aspects, but must
also prepare actions to manage the transition from present circumstances
to a more manageable energy situation.
(Source: P.A. 81-385.)