Bill Text: IL HB2926 | 2021-2022 | 102nd General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Amends the Public Utilities Act. Creates the Public Utility Infrastructure Hardening and Protection Law as a new Article in the Public Utilities Act. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission shall present to the General Assembly, no later than December 31, 2023, an identification of critical infrastructure that is essential to provide public utility services to the people of Illinois and related information.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-27 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee [HB2926 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2021-HB2926-Introduced.html


102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
HB2926

Introduced , by Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
220 ILCS 5/Art. XXIII heading new
220 ILCS 5/23-100 new
220 ILCS 5/23-101 new
220 ILCS 5/23-105 new

Amends the Public Utilities Act. Creates the Public Utility Infrastructure Hardening and Protection Law as a new Article in the Public Utilities Act. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission shall present to the General Assembly, no later than December 31, 2023, an identification of critical infrastructure that is essential to provide public utility services to the people of Illinois and related information.
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1 AN ACT concerning regulation.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Public Utilities Act is amended by adding
5Article XXIII as follows:
6 (220 ILCS 5/Art. XXIII heading new)
7
ARTICLE XXIII. PUBLIC UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE HARDENING AND
8
PROTECTION LAW
9 (220 ILCS 5/23-100 new)
10 Sec. 23-100. Short title. This Article may be cited as the
11Public Utility Infrastructure Hardening and Protection Law.
12 (220 ILCS 5/23-101 new)
13 Sec. 23-101. Findings. The General Assembly finds that:
14 (1) Public utilities represent a critical aspect of
15infrastructure and the economic and material well-being for
16the residents of the State of Illinois. The economy in the
17State of Illinois will be enhanced by investment in public
18utility infrastructure that takes additional measures to
19harden infrastructure against natural disasters and foreign
20interference.
21 (2) It also is essential to ensure a reliable domestic

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1supply of critical infrastructure components and sources of
2raw materials for public utilities that will support Illinois'
3performance as a national transportation and logistics hub for
4the nation. This includes infrastructure essential to modern
5life, including pipelines, communications lines, utility
6lines, electricity supply and transmission lines, and the
7mechanical, electronic, and energy systems that support them.
8 (3) The General Assembly needs critical, relevant,
9truthful, and timely information and strategic planning to
10ensure that the Illinois public utilities grid is robust,
11reinforced, and modernized for continuous improvement and
12efficacy.
13 (220 ILCS 5/23-105 new)
14 Sec. 23-105. Identification of critical infrastructure.
15The Illinois Commerce Commission shall provide to the General
16Assembly, no later than December 31, 2023, an identification
17of:
18 (1) critical infrastructure that is essential to
19 provide public utility services to the people of Illinois;
20 (2) the age of such critical infrastructure;
21 (3) a proposed strategic plan for capital investment
22 (whether public or private) for the next 20 years in such
23 critical infrastructure to modernize it, improve it, and
24 harden it or otherwise improve its resiliency to
25 continuing operation in the face of natural disasters,

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1 acts of God, acts of sabotage, or acts of subversion;
2 (4) potential funding sources for the capital
3 investment in such infrastructure;
4 (5) vulnerabilities in the supply chain needed to
5 build, operate, and maintain such infrastructure;
6 (6) an identification of domestic sources for all
7 critical pieces needed to operate and maintain the
8 existing public utility grids, including communications
9 systems;
10 (7) whether any critical elements needed to operate
11 and maintain the existing public utility services require
12 reliance on foreign-sourced equipment involving a nation
13 perceived to be hostile to United States interests or
14 involve companies whose ownership interests are tied to a
15 foreign nation perceived to be hostile to United States
16 interests;
17 (8) procurement challenges that are expected or
18 envisioned over the course of the next 10 years in
19 connection with the energy supply for the State of
20 Illinois and that involve public utilities; and
21 (9) obstacles in Illinois law, if any, that are
22 preventing or slowing the provision of essential public
23 utilities to the people of the State of Illinois or
24 capital investment therein.
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