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 Bill Status of HB0232  100th General Assembly


Short Description:  POWER AGENCY-RENEWABLE ENERGY

House Sponsors
Rep. André Thapedi

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  3/31/2017HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
20 ILCS 687/6-3
20 ILCS 3855/1-10
20 ILCS 3855/1-80


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Illinois Power Agency Act. Makes changes to the definition of "distributed renewable energy generation device" by removing language limiting hydropower under the definition to hydropower that does not involve new construction of hydropower dams from the list of sources that power a device. Makes a similar change to the list of energy sources in the definition of "renewable energy resources". In a provision concerning the duties and responsibilities of the Resource Development Bureau, provides that the first electric generation or co-generation facility that the Illinois Power Agency develops, finances, or constructs may be a facility that uses coal produced in Illinois or a renewable energy facility (rather than shall be a facility that uses coal produced in Illinois). Removes language providing that the Agency may also develop, finance, or construct renewable energy facilities after work on the first facility has commenced. Amends the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Coal Resources Development Law of 1997 by making a similar change to the Act's definition of "renewable energy resources".

 State Debt Impact Note (Government Forecasting & Accountability)
 This legislation would not change the amount of authorization for any type of State-issued or State-supported bond, and, therefore, would not affect the level of State indebtedness.

 Fiscal Note (Illinois Power Agency)
 HB 232 would result in no immediate or direct impacts on state revenues. Over time, through allowing for a broader range of facilities to serve as the initial electric generation facility developed, financed, or constructed by the Agency, HB 232 slightly increases the likelihood that the Agency would be required to establish a Resource Development Bureau, hire a Resource Development Bureau Chief, and hire additional staff or outside consultants having expertise in the development, financing, or construction of electric generation or co-generation facilities. Should these costs then need to be borne by the State - and HB 232 does not directly cause such costs to be incurred, but instead merely increases the likelihood that they would be - such costs would range from $200,000 at the lowest estimate to $2-$3 million at the high end depending on the complexity of the electric generating project. These estimates are based on the cost of establishing the Resource Development Bureau and estimates of costs previously incurred by the Agency for complex and resource-intensive Agency activities. Other costs associated with the development of a new electric generating facility would by offset by revenues generated from the output of that facility (which "shall be supplied at cost" under 20 ILCS 3855/1-80(d)).

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  12/9/2016HousePrefiled with Clerk by Rep. André Thapedi
  1/11/2017HouseFirst Reading
  1/11/2017HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  1/25/2017HouseAssigned to Energy Committee
  2/6/2017HouseState Debt Impact Note Filed
  2/8/2017HouseFiscal Note Filed
  3/16/2017HouseTo Resources and Management Subcommittee
  3/31/2017HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

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