Public Act 90-0304
HB2216 Enrolled LRB9002952KDksA
AN ACT to amend the Energy Conservation and Coal
Development Act by changing Section 3 and adding Section 8a.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Energy Conservation and Coal Development
Act is amended by changing Section 3 and adding Section 8a as
(20 ILCS 1105/3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7403)
Sec. 3. Powers and Duties.
(a) In addition to its other powers, the Department has
the following powers:
(1) To administer for the State any energy programs
and activities under federal law, regulations or
guidelines, and to coordinate such programs and
activities with other State agencies, units of local
government, and educational institutions.
(2) To represent the State in energy matters
involving the federal government, other states, units of
local government, and regional agencies.
(3) To prepare energy contingency plans for
consideration by the Governor and the General Assembly.
Such plans shall include procedures for determining when
a foreseeable danger exists of energy shortages,
including shortages of petroleum, coal, nuclear power,
natural gas, and other forms of energy, and shall specify
the actions to be taken to minimize hardship and maintain
the general welfare during such energy shortages.
(4) To cooperate with State colleges and
universities and their governing boards in energy
programs and activities.
(6) To accept, receive, expend, and administer,
including by contracts and grants to other State
agencies, any energy-related gifts, grants, cooperative
agreement funds, and other funds made available to the
Department by the federal government and other public and
(7) To investigate practical problems, seek and
utilize financial assistance, implement studies and
conduct research relating to the production, distribution
and use of alcohol fuels.
(8) To serve as a clearinghouse for information on
alcohol production technology; provide assistance,
information and data relating to the production and use
of alcohol; develop informational packets and brochures,
and hold public seminars to encourage the development and
utilization of the best available technology.
(9) To coordinate with other State agencies in
order to promote the maximum flow of information and to
avoid unnecessary overlapping of alcohol fuel programs.
In order to effectuate this goal, the Director of the
Department or his representative shall consult with the
Directors, or their representatives, of the Departments
of Agriculture, Central Management
Services,Transportation, and Revenue, the Office of the
State Fire Marshal, and the Environmental Protection
(10) To operate, within the Department, an Office
of Coal Development and Marketing for the promotion and
marketing of Illinois coal both domestically and
internationally. The Department may use monies
appropriated for this purpose for necessary
The Office of Coal Development and Marketing shall
develop and implement an initiative to assist the coal
industry in Illinois to increase its share of the
international coal market.
(11) To assist the Department of Central Management
Services in establishing and maintaining a system to
analyze and report energy consumption of facilities
leased by the Department of Central Management Services.
(12) To consult with the Departments of Natural
Resources and Transportation and the Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of
developing methods and standards that encourage the
utilization of coal combustion by-products as value added
products in productive and benign applications.
(13) To provide technical assistance and
information to sellers and distributors of storage hot
water heaters doing business in Illinois, pursuant to
Section 1 of the Hot Water Heater Efficiency Act.
(d) The Department shall develop a package of
educational materials regarding the necessity of waste
reduction and recycling to reduce dependence on landfills and
to maintain environmental quality. The materials developed
shall be suitable for instructional use in grades 3, 4 and 5.
The Department shall distribute such instructional material
to all public elementary and unit school districts no later
than November 1, of each year.
(e) The Department shall study the feasibility of
requiring that wood and sawdust from construction waste,
demolition projects, sawmills, or other projects or
industries where wood is used in a large amount be shredded
and composted, and that such wood be prohibited from being
disposed of in a landfill. The Department shall report the
results of this study to the General Assembly by January 1,
(g) The Department shall develop a program designated to
encourage the recycling of outdated telephone directories and
to encourage the printing of new directories on recycled
paper. The Department shall work in conjunction with
printers and distributors of telephone directories
distributed in the State to provide them with any technical
assistance available in their efforts to procure appropriate
recycled paper. The Department shall also encourage
directory distributors to pick up outdated directories as
they distribute new ones, and shall assist any distributor
who is willing to do so in finding a recycler willing to
purchase the old directories and in publicizing and promoting
with citizens of the area the distributor's collection
efforts and schedules.
(h) The Department shall assist, cooperate with and
provide necessary staff and resources for the Interagency
Energy Conservation Committee, which shall be chaired by the
Director of the Department.
(i) The Department shall operate or manage within or
outside of the Department a corn to ethanol research facility
for the purpose of reducing the costs of producing ethanol
through the development and commercialization of new
production technologies, equipment, processes, feedstocks,
and new value added co-products and by-products. This work
shall be conducted under the review and guidance of the
Illinois Ethanol Research Advisory Board chaired by the
Director of the Department. The ethanol production research
shall be conducted at the Corn to Ethanol Research Pilot
Plant in cooperation with universities, industry, other State
agencies, and the federal government.
(Source: P.A. 88-45; 88-339; 89-93, eff. 7-6-95; 89-445, eff.
(20 ILCS 1105/8a new)
Sec. 8a. The Illinois Ethanol Research Advisory Board.
(a) There is established, within the Department, the
Illinois Ethanol Research Advisory Board (the "Board").
The Board shall be composed of 13 members including: the
Director of the Department who shall be Chairman; the
Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture; the
President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association; the
Chairman of the Governor's Ethanol Coalition; the President
of the National Corn Growers Association; the President of
Southern Illinois University; the President of Renewable
Fuels Association; the Dean of Agriculture, University of
Illinois; the Director of Agricultural Research Services,
U.S. Department of Agriculture; and 4 at large members
appointed by the Governor representing the ethanol industry,
growers, suppliers, and universities.
The 4 at large members shall serve a term of 4-years.
The Board shall meet at least annually or at the call of the
Director. At any time a majority of the Board may petition
the Chairman for a meeting of the Board. Seven members of
the Board shall constitute a quorum.
(b) The Board shall:
(1) Review the annual operating plans and budget of
the Corn to Ethanol Research Pilot Plant.
(2) Advise on research and development priorities
and projects to be carried out at the Corn to Ethanol
Research Pilot Plant.
(3) Advise on policies and procedures regarding the
management and operation of the ethanol research pilot
plant. This may include contracts, project selection,
and personnel issues.
(4) Develop by-laws.
(5) Submit a final report to the Governor and
General Assembly outlining the progress and
accomplishments made during the year along with a
financial report for the year.
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon