Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Power Agency Act to change provisions concerning the total resource cost test. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Changes provisions concerning prohibited activities by former members of the Illinois Commerce Commission. Changes provisions concerning energy efficiency and demand-response measures. Adds provisions concerning natural gas energy efficiency programs. Contains provisions concerning ex parte communications by specified parties. Changes provisions concerning the changing of rates by a utility. Provides that the Commission shall specifically assess the justness and reasonableness of any amount expended by a public utility to compensate attorneys or technical experts to prepare and litigate a rate case and that the issue shall be expressly addressed in the Commission's final order. Provides that all meetings of the Commission shall be conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Open Meetings Act and comply with specified requirements. Contains provisions concerning the hearing examiner's Proposed Order. Contains provisions concerning the jurisdiction of the Commission and the courts. Contains provisions concerning on-bill financing programs for gas and electric utilities. Contains provisions concerning (1) automatic adjustment clause tariffs, (2) uncollectibles, and (3) financial assistance for electric and gas utilities. Amends the Energy Assistance Act. Changes provisions concerning the Supplemental Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund. Adds provisions concerning financial assistance and payment plans for specified customers. Contains a nonacceleration clause and an inseverability clause. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 3 Further amends the Public Utilities Act. In provisions concerning natural gas efficiency programs, provides that certain provisions do not apply to customers of a natural gas utility that have a North American Industry Classification System code number that is 22111 or any such code number meeting specified criteria (instead of those that have a North American Industry Classification System Classification code meeting specified criteria). Further amends the Energy Assistance Act. Provides that the Percentage of Income Payment Plan is created as a mandatory (instead of statewide) bill payment assistance program for specified customers.