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EXECUTIVE BRANCH
(20 ILCS 687/) Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Coal Resources Development Law of 1997.

20 ILCS 687/Art. 6

 
    (20 ILCS 687/Art. 6 heading)
ARTICLE 6

20 ILCS 687/6-1

    (20 ILCS 687/6-1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 12, 2015)
    Sec. 6-1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Coal Resources Development Law of 1997.
(Source: P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

20 ILCS 687/6-2

    (20 ILCS 687/6-2)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 12, 2015)
    Sec. 6-2. Findings and intent. The General Assembly finds and declares that it is desirable to obtain the environmental quality, public health, and fuel diversity benefits of developing new renewable energy resources and clean coal technologies for use in Illinois and to lower the cost of renewable energy resources and clean coal resources provided to utility consumers. The General Assembly finds and declares that the benefits of electricity from renewable energy resources and clean coal technologies accrue to the public at large, thus consumers and electric utilities and alternative retail electric suppliers share an interest in developing and using a significant level of these environmentally preferable resources in the State's electricity supply portfolio. The General Assembly finds and declares that encouraging energy efficiency will improve the environmental quality and public health in the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

20 ILCS 687/6-3

    (20 ILCS 687/6-3)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 12, 2015)
    Sec. 6-3. Renewable energy resources program.
    (a) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, to be called the "Department" hereinafter in this Law, shall administer the Renewable Energy Resources Program to provide grants, loans, and other incentives to foster investment in and the development and use of renewable energy resources.
    (b) The Department shall establish eligibility criteria for grants, loans, and other incentives to foster investment in and the development and use of renewable energy resources. These criteria shall be reviewed annually and adjusted as necessary. The criteria should promote the goal of fostering investment in and the development and use, in Illinois, of renewable energy resources.
    (c) The Department shall accept applications for grants, loans, and other incentives to foster investment in and the development and use of renewable energy resources.
    (d) To the extent that funds are available and appropriated, the Department shall provide grants, loans, and other incentives to applicants that meet the criteria specified by the Department.
    (e) The Department shall conduct an annual study on the use and availability of renewable energy resources in Illinois. Each year, the Department shall submit a report on the study to the General Assembly. This report shall include suggestions for legislation which will encourage the development and use of renewable energy resources.
    (f) As used in this Law, "renewable energy resources" includes energy from wind, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic cells and panels, dedicated crops grown for energy production and organic waste biomass, hydropower that does not involve new construction or significant expansion of hydropower dams, and other such alternative sources of environmentally preferable energy. "Renewable energy resources" does not include, however, energy from the incineration or burning of waste wood, tires, garbage, general household, institutional and commercial waste, industrial lunchroom or office waste, landscape waste, or construction or demolition debris.
    (g) There is created the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund as a special fund in the State Treasury, to be administered by the Department to support the development of technologies for wind, biomass, and solar power in Illinois. The Department may accept private and public funds, including federal funds, for deposit into the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06; 95-913, eff. 1-1-09.)

20 ILCS 687/6-4

    (20 ILCS 687/6-4)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 12, 2015)
    Sec. 6-4. Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund.
    (a) A fund to be called the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund is hereby established in the State Treasury.
    (b) The Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund shall be administered by the Department to provide grants, loans, and other incentives to foster investment in and the development and use of renewable energy resources as provided in Section 6-3 of this Law or pursuant to the Illinois Renewable Fuels Development Program Act.
    (c) All funds used by the Department for the Renewable Energy Resources Program shall be subject to appropriation by the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 94-839, eff. 6-6-06.)

20 ILCS 687/6-5

    (20 ILCS 687/6-5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 12, 2015)
    Sec. 6-5. Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge.
    (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 16-111 of the Public Utilities Act but subject to subsection (e) of this Section, each public utility, electric cooperative, as defined in Section 3.4 of the Electric Supplier Act, and municipal utility, as referenced in Section 3-105 of the Public Utilities Act, that is engaged in the delivery of electricity or the distribution of natural gas within the State of Illinois shall, effective January 1, 1998, assess each of its customer accounts a monthly Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge. The delivering public utility, municipal electric or gas utility, or electric or gas cooperative for a self-assessing purchaser remains subject to the collection of the fee imposed by this Section. The monthly charge shall be as follows:
        (1) $0.05 per month on each account for residential
    
electric service as defined in Section 13 of the Energy Assistance Act;
        (2) $0.05 per month on each account for residential
    
gas service as defined in Section 13 of the Energy Assistance Act;
        (3) $0.50 per month on each account for
    
nonresidential electric service, as defined in Section 13 of the Energy Assistance Act, which had less than 10 megawatts of peak demand during the previous calendar year;
        (4) $0.50 per month on each account for
    
nonresidential gas service, as defined in Section 13 of the Energy Assistance Act, which had distributed to it less than 4,000,000 therms of gas during the previous calendar year;
        (5) $37.50 per month on each account for
    
nonresidential electric service, as defined in Section 13 of the Energy Assistance Act, which had 10 megawatts or greater of peak demand during the previous calendar year; and
        (6) $37.50 per month on each account for
    
nonresidential gas service, as defined in Section 13 of the Energy Assistance Act, which had 4,000,000 or more therms of gas distributed to it during the previous calendar year.
    (b) The Renewable Energy Resources and Coal Technology Development Assistance Charge assessed by electric and gas public utilities shall be considered a charge for public utility service.
    (c) Fifty percent of the moneys collected pursuant to this Section shall be deposited in the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund by the Department of Revenue. The remaining 50 percent of the moneys collected pursuant to this Section shall be deposited in the Coal Technology Development Assistance Fund by the Department of Revenue for the exclusive purposes of (1) capturing or sequestering carbon emissions produced by coal combustion; (2) supporting research on the capture and sequestration of carbon emissions produced by coal combustion; and (3) improving coal miner safety.
    (d) By the 20th day of the month following the month in which the charges imposed by this Section were collected, each utility and alternative retail electric supplier collecting charges pursuant to this Section shall remit to the Department of Revenue for deposit in the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund and the Coal Technology Development Assistance Fund all moneys received as payment of the charge provided for in this Section on a return prescribed and furnished by the Department of Revenue showing such information as the Department of Revenue may reasonably require.
    (e) The charges imposed by this Section shall only apply to customers of municipal electric or gas utilities and electric or gas cooperatives if the municipal electric or gas utility or electric or gas cooperative makes an affirmative decision to impose the charge. If a municipal electric or gas utility or an electric or gas cooperative makes an affirmative decision to impose the charge provided by this Section, the municipal electric or gas utility or electric or gas cooperative shall inform the Department of Revenue in writing of such decision when it begins to impose the charge. If a municipal electric or gas utility or electric or gas cooperative does not assess this charge, its customers shall not be eligible for the Renewable Energy Resources Program.
    (f) The Department of Revenue may establish such rules as it deems necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-481, eff. 8-28-07.)

20 ILCS 687/6-5.5

    (20 ILCS 687/6-5.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 12, 2015)
    Sec. 6-5.5. Renewable energy grants.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, the Department shall establish and operate a renewable energy grant program to assist public schools and community colleges with engineering studies and feasibility studies and in training green economy technology and in the installation, acquisition, construction, and improvement of renewable energy resources, including without limitation smart grid technology, solar energy (such as solar panels), geothermal energy, and wind energy.
    (b) Application for a grant under this Section must be in the form and manner established by the Department. The schools and community colleges may accept private funds for their portion of the cost.
    (c) The Department may adopt any rules that are necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-725, eff. 8-25-09; 97-72, eff. 7-1-11.)

20 ILCS 687/6-6

    (20 ILCS 687/6-6)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 12, 2015)
    Sec. 6-6. Energy efficiency program.
    (a) For the year beginning January 1, 1998, and thereafter as provided in this Section, each electric utility as defined in Section 3-105 of the Public Utilities Act and each alternative retail electric supplier as defined in Section 16-102 of the Public Utilities Act supplying electric power and energy to retail customers located in the State of Illinois shall contribute annually a pro rata share of a total amount of $3,000,000 based upon the number of kilowatt-hours sold by each such entity in the 12 months preceding the year of contribution. On or before May 1 of each year, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall determine and notify the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity of the pro rata share owed by each electric utility and each alternative retail electric supplier based upon information supplied annually to the Illinois Commerce Commission. On or before June 1 of each year, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall send written notification to each electric utility and each alternative retail electric supplier of the amount of pro rata share they owe. These contributions shall be remitted to the Department of Revenue on or before June 30 of each year the contribution is due on a return prescribed and furnished by the Department of Revenue showing such information as the Department of Revenue may reasonably require. The funds received pursuant to this Section shall be subject to the appropriation of funds by the General Assembly. The Department of Revenue shall place the funds remitted under this Section in a trust fund, that is hereby created in the State Treasury, called the Energy Efficiency Trust Fund. If an electric utility or alternative retail electric supplier does not remit its pro rata share to the Department of Revenue, the Department of Revenue must inform the Illinois Commerce Commission of such failure. The Illinois Commerce Commission may then revoke the certification of that electric utility or alternative retail electric supplier. The Illinois Commerce Commission may not renew the certification of any electric utility or alternative retail electric supplier that is delinquent in paying its pro rata share.
    (b) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall disburse the moneys in the Energy Efficiency Trust Fund to benefit residential electric customers through projects which the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has determined will promote energy efficiency in the State of Illinois. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall establish a list of projects eligible for grants from the Energy Efficiency Trust Fund including, but not limited to, supporting energy efficiency efforts for low-income households, replacing energy inefficient windows with more efficient windows, replacing energy inefficient appliances with more efficient appliances, replacing energy inefficient lighting with more efficient lighting, insulating dwellings and buildings, using market incentives to encourage energy efficiency, and such other projects which will increase energy efficiency in homes and rental properties.
    (c) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall establish criteria and an application process for this grant program.
    (d) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall conduct a study of other possible energy efficiency improvements and evaluate methods for promoting energy efficiency and conservation, especially for the benefit of low-income customers.
    (e) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly evaluating the effectiveness of the projects and programs provided in this Section, and recommending further legislation which will encourage additional development and implementation of energy efficiency projects and programs in Illinois and other actions that help to meet the goals of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

20 ILCS 687/6-7

    (20 ILCS 687/6-7)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 12, 2015)
    Sec. 6-7. Repeal. The provisions of this Law are repealed on December 12, 2015.
(Source: P.A. 95-481, eff. 8-28-07.)