Bill Text: IL SB1604 | 2021-2022 | 102nd General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Amends the Public Utilities Act. In provisions concerning the Director of Retail Market Development's annual report to the Illinois Commerce Commission, provides that on or before July 31, 2022 and each year thereafter, if the report includes comparisons of the prices between electric utilities and alternative retail electric suppliers, the comparisons shall include an analysis estimating the combined value of additional products and services offered by the alternative retail electric suppliers, as reported by the alternative retail electric suppliers. Provides that the Commission may include additional energy savings and marketing savings programs as they develop in the competitive retail electric market. Provides that the Commission may request information about specific products or services on a confidential and proprietary basis from alternative retail electric suppliers for the purposes of the report.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-16 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments [SB1604 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2021-SB1604-Introduced.html


102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
SB1604

Introduced 2/26/2021, by Sen. Bill Cunningham

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
220 ILCS 5/20-110

Amends the Public Utilities Act. In provisions concerning the Director of Retail Market Development's annual report to the Illinois Commerce Commission, provides that on or before July 31, 2022 and each year thereafter, if the report includes comparisons of the prices between electric utilities and alternative retail electric suppliers, the comparisons shall include an analysis estimating the combined value of additional products and services offered by the alternative retail electric suppliers, as reported by the alternative retail electric suppliers. Provides that the Commission may include additional energy savings and marketing savings programs as they develop in the competitive retail electric market. Provides that the Commission may request information about specific products or services on a confidential and proprietary basis from alternative retail electric suppliers for the purposes of the report.
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A BILL FOR

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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 changing
5Section 20-110 as follows:
6 (220 ILCS 5/20-110)
7 Sec. 20-110. Office of Retail Market Development. Within
890 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the
994th General Assembly, subject to appropriation, the
10Commission shall establish an Office of Retail Market
11Development and employ on its staff a Director of Retail
12Market Development to oversee the Office. The Director shall
13have authority to employ or otherwise retain at least 2
14professionals dedicated to the task of actively seeking out
15ways to promote retail competition in Illinois to benefit all
16Illinois consumers.
17 The Office shall actively seek input from all interested
18parties and shall develop a thorough understanding and
19critical analyses of the tools and techniques used to promote
20retail competition in other states.
21 The Office shall monitor existing competitive conditions
22in Illinois, identify barriers to retail competition for all
23customer classes, and actively explore and propose to the

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1Commission and to the General Assembly solutions to overcome
2identified barriers. The Director may include municipal
3aggregation of customers and creating and designing customer
4choice programs as tools for retail market development.
5Solutions proposed by the Office to promote retail competition
6must also promote safe, reliable, and affordable electric
7service.
8 On or before July 31 of each year, the Director shall
9submit a report to the Commission, the General Assembly, and
10the Governor, that details specific accomplishments achieved
11by the Office in the prior 12 months in promoting retail
12electric competition and that suggests administrative and
13legislative action necessary to promote further improvements
14in retail electric competition. On or before July 31, 2021 and
15each year thereafter, the report shall include the information
16submitted to the Commission pursuant to paragraph (iii) of
17subsection (a) of Section 16-115A.
18 On or before July 31, 2022 and each year thereafter, if the
19report includes comparisons of the prices between electric
20utilities and alternative retail electric suppliers, the
21comparisons shall include an analysis estimating the combined
22value of additional products and services offered by the
23alternative retail electric suppliers, as reported by the
24alternative retail electric suppliers, including, but not
25limited to:
26 (1) pricing structures, such as fixed priced products,

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1 fixed priced customized products based on the customer's
2 historic usage, time of use and time variant, demand
3 response, and direct load control products;
4 (2) voluntary green energy products with renewable
5 energy credits or on-site generation products;
6 (3) fixed priced products with integrated hardware or
7 services, such as free or reduced-price smart thermostats,
8 energy management software and hardware integrated with
9 existing home solutions, energy efficiency upgrades to
10 certain home devices, and home warranty products for home
11 systems including HVAC and hot water heaters;
12 (4) distributed resource products, such as community
13 solar and roof top solar;
14 (5) emerging technologies; and
15 (6) any other products and services purchased by
16 customers from alternative retail electric suppliers.
17 The Commission may include additional energy savings and
18marketing savings programs as they develop in the competitive
19retail electric market. Without limiting any of the
20Commission's other authority, the Commission may request
21information about specific products or services on a
22confidential and proprietary basis from alternative retail
23electric suppliers for the purposes of the report.
24(Source: P.A. 101-590, eff. 1-1-20.)
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