Bills of Interest – March 2015

The following bills of interest to the energy industry have been introduced in the first Spring Session of the 99th Illinois General Assembly:

House Bill 407 (Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside) – would prohibit vehicles from stopping, standing or parking within five feet of any driveway.  Utility industry officials are concerned about the impact such a prohibition might have on use of service vehicles in compact city neighborhoods.  Assigned to the House Transportation, Vehicle and Safety Committee.

House Bill 1326 (Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana) – would prohibit dumping of PCB’s and manufactured gas plant cleanup residue at landfills which are located above the Mahomet aquifer.  Assigned to the House Environment Committee.

House Bill 2607 (Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook) -- would expand both the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio and Energy Efficiency Portfolio standards, as well as authorizing Illinois EPA to implement a “cap and invest” program to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.  Assigned to the House Energy Committee.

House Bill 3293 (Rep. Larry Walsh, D-Joliet) – would establish a low carbon energy portfolio program and would require that 70% of the electricity delivered by Ameren Illinois and Commonwealth Edison be backed by low carbon credits procured through the Illinois Power Agency.

House Bill 3766 (Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur) – would limit the amount utilities and alternative retail electric suppliers could charge customers as an early termination fee.

Senate Bill 1485 (Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park) – companion bill to House Bill 2607 regarding expansion of Renewable Portfolio and Energy Efficiency Portfolio standards and regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.  Assigned to the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee.

Senate Bill 1645 (Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford) – would require utilities to waive their usual credit and deposit requirements for customers who are victims of domestic abuse.

Senate Bill 1698 (Sen. Tom Bennett, D-Champaign) – companion bill to House Bill 1326 regarding prohibited dumping of PCB’s and manufactured gas plant cleanup residue in landfills above the Mahomet aquifer.  Approved by the Senate Public Health Committee.

Senate Bill 1833 (Sen. Dan Biss, D-Skokie) – would expand the state’s Personal Information Protection Act to include medical, health, insurance, biometric, consumer marketing and geolocational information.