90th General Assembly
Summary of HB1309
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PUB UTIL-QUAL SOL WST ENGY FAC                                             

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides  that  qualified  solid      
   waste  energy  facilities that use solid waste to generate energy must      
   include equipment designed to separate  at  least  20%  by  weight  of      
   recyclable  materials  from  the  solid waste and must comply with air      
   emission limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sets forth      
   the purchase rate for electricity under  long-term  contracts  between      
   electric  utilities and qualified solid waste energy facilities, other      
   than facilities using landfill-generated methane for  fuel,  and  sets      
   forth  exceptions  to  the rate. Provides that the long-term contracts      
   shall apply to electricity generated by a facility on or after January      
   1, 1997. Limits the application of the  purchase  rate  provisions  to      
   qualified  facilities  that  met  certain  standards before January 1,      
   1997. Establishes requirements for the manner  in  which  a  qualified      
   facility  shall  reimburse  the  Public  Utility  Fund. Provides for a      
   statutory lien on a qualified facility in favor of  the  Fund  on  the      
   reimbursement commencement date. Effective immediately.                     
          FISCAL NOTE (EPA)                                                    
          HB 1309 would have no fiscal impact on EPA.                          
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          30 ILCS 105/5.449 new                                                
        Further amends the Public Utilities Act to provide that long-term      
   contracts between electric utilities and  facilities  that  use  solid      
   waste  as  a  fuel  to  generate  energy, and not facilities fueled by      
   landfill-generated methane, shall cover electricity generated  on  and      
   after  January 1, 1997.  Provides that facilities that use solid waste      
   as a fuel to generate energy shall pay 5% of the tax  credit  received      
   by  the  public  utility,  pursuant  to the Act's requirement that the      
   utility purchase electricity from  the  facility,  to  the  Technology      
   Education  Fund  to  establish  physical  science  education programs.      
   Amends the State Finance Act to add the Technology Education Fund.          
          FISCAL NOTE (Ill. Commerce Comm.)                                    
          Estimated subsidy to these plants alone would be at least $92.0      
          million for the period FY 1998-2001.                                 
          STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE                                           
          HB1309 fails to create a State mandate.                              
Last action on Bill: THIRD READING/STANDARD DEBATE/LOST       043-066-000

   Last action date: 97-04-17

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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