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20 ILCS 3501/825-65
(20 ILCS 3501/825-65)
Clean Coal, Coal, Energy Efficiency, PACE, and Renewable Energy Project Financing.
(a) Findings and declaration of policy.
(i) It is hereby found and declared that Illinois has
abundant coal resources and, in some areas of Illinois, the demand for power exceeds the generating capacity. Incentives to encourage the construction of coal-fueled electric generating plants in Illinois to ensure power generating capacity into the future and to advance clean coal technology and the use of Illinois coal are in the best interests of all of the citizens of Illinois.
(ii) It is further found and declared that Illinois
has abundant potential and resources to develop renewable energy resource projects and that there are many opportunities to invest in cost-effective energy efficiency projects throughout the State. The development of those projects will create jobs and investment as well as decrease environmental impacts and promote energy independence in Illinois. Accordingly, the development of those projects is in the best interests of all of the citizens of Illinois.
(iii) The Authority is authorized to issue bonds to
help finance Clean Coal, Coal, Energy Efficiency, PACE, and Renewable Energy projects pursuant to this Section.
(i) "Clean Coal Project" means (A) "clean coal
facility", as defined in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act; (B) "clean coal SNG facility", as defined in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act; (C) transmission lines and associated equipment that transfer electricity from points of supply to points of delivery for projects described in this subsection (b); (D) pipelines or other methods to transfer carbon dioxide from the point of production to the point of storage or sequestration for projects described in this subsection (b); or (E) projects to provide carbon abatement technology for existing generating facilities.
(ii) "Coal Project" means new electric generating
facilities or new gasification facilities, as defined in Section 605-332 of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, which may include mine-mouth power plants, projects that employ the use of clean coal technology, projects to provide scrubber technology for existing energy generating plants, or projects to provide electric transmission facilities or new gasification facilities.
(iii) "Energy Efficiency Project" means measures that
reduce the amount of electricity or natural gas required to achieve a given end use, consistent with Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act. "Energy Efficiency Project" also includes measures that reduce the total Btus of electricity and natural gas needed to meet the end use or uses consistent with Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
(iv) "Renewable Energy Project" means (A) a project
that uses renewable energy resources, as defined in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act; (B) a project that uses environmentally preferable technologies and practices that result in improvements to the production of renewable fuels, including but not limited to, cellulosic conversion, water and energy conservation, fractionation, alternative feedstocks, or reduced greenhouse gas emissions; (C) transmission lines and associated equipment that transfer electricity from points of supply to points of delivery for projects described in this subsection (b); or (D) projects that use technology for the storage of renewable energy, including, without limitation, the use of battery or electrochemical storage technology for mobile or stationary applications.
(c) Creation of reserve funds. The Authority may establish and maintain one
or more reserve funds to enhance bonds issued by the Authority for a Clean Coal Project, a Coal Project, an Energy Efficiency Project, a PACE Project, or a Renewable
There may be one or more accounts in these reserve funds in which there may be
(1) any proceeds of the bonds issued by the Authority
required to be deposited therein by the terms of any contract between the Authority and its bondholders or any resolution of the Authority;
(2) any other moneys or funds of the Authority that
it may determine to deposit therein from any other source; and
(3) any other moneys or funds made available to the
Authority. Subject to the terms of any pledge to the owners of any bonds, moneys in any reserve fund may be held and applied to the payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest of such bonds.
(d) Powers and duties. The Authority has the power:
(1) To issue bonds in one or more series pursuant to
one or more resolutions of the Authority for any Clean Coal Project, Coal Project, Energy Efficiency Project, PACE Project, or Renewable Energy Project authorized under this Section, within the authorization set forth in subsection (e).
(2) To provide for the funding of any reserves or
other funds or accounts deemed necessary by the Authority in connection with any bonds issued by the Authority.
(3) To pledge any funds of the Authority or funds
made available to the Authority that may be applied to such purpose as security for any bonds or any guarantees, letters of credit, insurance contracts or similar credit support or liquidity instruments securing the bonds.
(4) To enter into agreements or contracts with third
parties, whether public or private, including, without limitation, the United States of America, the State or any department or agency thereof, to obtain any appropriations, grants, loans or guarantees that are deemed necessary or desirable by the Authority. Any such guarantee, agreement or contract may contain terms and provisions necessary or desirable in connection with the program, subject to the requirements established by the Act.
(4.5) To make loans under subsection (i) of Section
801-40 to finance loans for PACE Projects.
(5) To exercise such other powers as are necessary or
incidental to the foregoing.
(e) Clean Coal Project, Coal Project, Energy Efficiency Project, PACE Project, and Renewable Energy Project bond authorization and financing limits. In
to any other bonds authorized to be issued under
Sections 801-40(w), 825-60, 830-25
and 845-5, the Authority may have outstanding, at any time, bonds for the
enumerated in this
Section 825-65 in an aggregate principal amount that shall not
exceed $3,000,000,000, subject to the following limitations: (i) up to $300,000,000 may be issued to
finance projects, as described in clause (C) of subsection (b)(i) and clause (C) of subsection (b)(iv) of this Section 825-65; (ii) up to $500,000,000 may be issued to
finance projects, as described in clauses (D) and (E) of subsection (b)(i) of this Section 825-65; (iii) up to $2,000,000,000 may
be issued to finance Clean Coal Projects, as described in clauses (A) and (B) of subsection (b)(i) of this Section 825-65 and Coal Projects, as described in subsection (b)(ii) of this Section 825-65; and (iv) up to $2,000,000,000 may be issued to finance Energy Efficiency Projects, as described in subsection (b)(iii) of this Section 825-65, Renewable Energy Projects, as described in clauses (A), (B), and (D) of subsection (b)(iv) of this Section 825-65, and PACE Projects. An application for a loan
financed from bond proceeds from a borrower or its affiliates for a Clean Coal Project, a Coal Project, Energy Efficiency Project, PACE Project, or a Renewable
Energy Project may not be approved by the Authority for an amount in excess
of $450,000,000 for any borrower or its affiliates. A Clean Coal Project, Coal Project, or PACE Project must be located within the State. An Energy Efficiency Project may be located within the State or outside the State, provided that, if the Energy Efficiency Project is located outside of the State, it must be owned, operated, leased, or managed by an entity located within the State or any entity affiliated with an entity located within the State. These bonds shall not
constitute an indebtedness or obligation of the State of Illinois and it shall
be plainly stated on the face of each bond that it does not constitute an
indebtedness or obligation of the State of Illinois, but is payable solely from
the revenues, income or other assets of the Authority pledged therefor.
(f) The bonding authority granted under this Section is in addition to and not limited by the provisions of Section 845-5.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 100-919, eff. 8-17-18.)