Bills of Interest-May 2019

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

Senate Bill 9 (Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign) – would create the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, which would establish new rules and regulations regarding coal combustion residual materials from coal-fired power plants.  Approved by Senate by vote of 39-9-7.

Senate Bill 135 (Sen. David Koehler, D-Peoria) – would create the Competitive Clean Energy Act which would eliminate all carbon emissions from the state’s power supply by 2050 as well as minimize consumer and community impacts from closure of fossil-fuel electric generation facilities.  Assigned to Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee.  Re-referred to Senate Assignments Committee.  Companion bill to House Bill 125 (Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan).

Senate Bill 1570 (Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Peru) – would make several changes to the state’s J.U.L.I.E. law dealing with marking underground utility infrastructure.  Approved as amended by Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee.  On 3rd Reading in the Senate.

Senate Bill 2132 (Sen. Cristina Castro, D-Elgin) – would make numerous energy policy changes.  The bill is a proposal of the Clean Jobs Coalition and touches on renewable energy, energy efficiency and most major areas of the energy industry.  Re-referred to Senate Assignments Committee.

House Bill 840 (Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee) – would require the Illinois Commerce Commission to issue biennial reports to the General Assembly concerning the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the state.  Approved as amended by House Energy & Environment Committee.  On 2nd Reading in the House.

House Bill 2713 Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago) – would establish a Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage program to ease the transition of some of the state’s coal-fired power plants to a clean energy future.  Approved as amended by House Public Utilities Committee.  Re-referred to House Rules Committee.

House Bill 2861 (Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr., D-Joliet) – would make changes relating to nuclear power plants and capacity markets.  Approved as amended by House Public Utilities Committee.  Re-referred to House Rules Committee.

House Bill 3152 (Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville) – would make changes to update the state’s Electric Service Customer Choice law, including changes related to energy infrastructure modernization (Smart Grid).  Approved as amended by House Public Utilities Committee.  Re-referred to House Rules Committee.

House Bill 3624 (Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago) – companion bill to SB 2132.  The bill is a proposal of the Clean Jobs Coalition and touches on renewable energy, energy efficiency and most major areas of the energy industry.  Approved as amended by House Energy & Environment Committee.  Re-referred to House Rules Committee.


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