Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission shall issue a report evaluating whether the provisions of the Act are sufficient to allow consideration and, where appropriate, implementation of technological and other innovations that benefit electric utility customers. Provides for repeal of the provisions on January 1, 2017. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Power Agency Act. Defines "brownfield site project" and makes changes to the definitions of "energy efficiency" and "total resource cost test". Changes provisions regarding the Illinois Power Agency Renewable Energy Fund. Instructs the Illinois Power Agency to offer to purchase renewable energy credits (rather than renewable energy resources) in certain circumstances of curtailment. Requires that one-half of renewable energy resources from photovoltaics that are not distributed renewable energy generation devices come from brownfield site projects, if available. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Requires utilities to include cost-effective voltage optimization measures in their energy efficiency measures. Allows utilities to recover costs of voltage optimization measures. Alters requirements of what to include in energy efficiency plans. Allows electric utilities that serve more than 3,000,000 retail customers to impose demand-based delivery services charge beginning in the January 2018 billing cycle. Allows electric utilities serving more than 200,000 customers to impose tariffs relating to utility line extensions and distribution capacity expansions. Allows electric utilities to spend money on researching emerging technologies. Allows electric utilities serving more than 3,000,000 retail customers to unbundle charges related to electricity supply and regional transmission organization services. Allows electric utilities serving more than 3,000,000 retail customers to participate in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission alternative programs for demand-response resources. Alters requirements for net electricity metering for electric utilities serving more than 3,000,000 retail customers. Allows electric utilities serving more than 3,000,000 retail customers to begin a microgrid pilot project and an electric vehicle charging station pilot project. Requires utilities to contribute $10,000,000 per year for 5 years to energy low-income and support programs. Alters alternative retail electric supplier compliance obligations. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.