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|Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:22 pm Post subject: Energy Bill Warning - HB 14
UPDATE: 5/20/11 The Chicago Sun Times and Associated Press are reporting that
"Gov. Pat Quinn says he is hopeful legislation to modernize electricity delivery systems is headed in the right direction with a new version of the bill being discussed.
The legislation would install smart meters that would tie utilities’ energy output more closely to home energy demand. But some worry utility companies are asking ratepayers to finance improvements that investors should handle.
Quinn opposes the bill’s earlier form that allowed utility rate hikes without government approval. He said the original version was “as dead as a duck.”
The newer version shortens the time period of rate reviews by the Illinois Commerce Commission from 11 months to eight months." ASCO is not sure whether we would have to foot the cost of the "smart meters" and if so would the cost be paid back to us over a reasonable period of time.
UPDATE: 5/07/11 Sen. Heather Steans has notified us that the bill is still under negotiation. She said that if Atty General Lisa Madigan, who is leading the negotiations, gets a good bill that she can support she will vote for it. Newly appointed 14th District State Rep. Kelli Cassidy will oppose it unless there are major changes. Jen Walling, the new Executive Director of Environment Illinois has notified ASCO that her organization is opposing HB14. ASCO is suggesting that its members write Lisa Madigan and encourage her to hang tough. If you are in another district, we suggest you contact both your Senator and Representative and tell them NO! VOTE NO!
ASCO has been in contact with Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Harry Osterman to ask for their opposition to HB 14. The bill, which allows energy producing companies like ComEd and Ameren to raise their rates without going through the full ICC process, is also opposed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan and AARP.
AARP bought a paid advertisement in Capital Fax listing several reasons for opposing the bill. Their position agrees with ASCO's position that the deregulation of energy costs would place a severe burden on their constituents.