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UTILITIES
(220 ILCS 5/) Public Utilities Act.

220 ILCS 5/Art. VIII

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. VIII heading)
ARTICLE VIII. SERVICE OBLIGATIONS AND CONDITIONS

220 ILCS 5/8-101

    (220 ILCS 5/8-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-101)
    Sec. 8-101. Duties of public utilities; nondiscrimination. A public utility shall furnish, provide, and maintain such service instrumentalities, equipment, and facilities as shall promote the safety, health, comfort, and convenience of its patrons, employees, and public and as shall be in all respects adequate, efficient, just, and reasonable.
    All rules and regulations made by a public utility affecting or pertaining to its charges or service to the public shall be just and reasonable.
    A public utility shall, upon reasonable notice, furnish to all persons who may apply therefor and be reasonably entitled thereto, suitable facilities and service, without discrimination and without delay.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prevent a public utility from accepting payment electronically or by the use of a customer-preferred financially accredited credit or debit methodology.
(Source: P.A. 92-22, eff. 6-30-01.)

220 ILCS 5/8-101.5

    (220 ILCS 5/8-101.5)
    Sec. 8-101.5. Use of credit information of prospective and existing customers. A public utility may not deny, cancel, or nonrenew utility service solely on the basis of credit information of prospective or existing customers. If a public utility denies, cancels, or does not renew service based on credit information, it must provide the affected party with an explanation for the public utility's action and an opportunity for the affected party to explain its credit information. This Section does not apply to a telecommunications carrier or any of its affiliates.
(Source: P.A. 96-560, eff. 8-18-09.)

220 ILCS 5/8-102

    (220 ILCS 5/8-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-102)
    Sec. 8-102. Audit or investigation. The Commission is authorized to conduct or order a management audit or investigation of any public utility or part thereof. The audit or investigation may examine the reasonableness, prudence, or efficiency of any aspect of the utility's operations, costs, management, decisions or functions that may affect the adequacy, safety, efficiency or reliability of utility service or the reasonableness or prudence of the costs underlying rates or charges for utility service. The Commission may conduct or order a management audit or investigation only when it has reasonable grounds to believe that the audit or investigation is necessary to assure that the utility is providing adequate, efficient, reliable, safe, and least-cost service and charging only just and reasonable rates therefor, or that the audit or investigation is likely to be cost-beneficial in enhancing the quality of service or the reasonableness of rates therefor. The Commission shall, before initiating any such audit or investigation, issue an order describing the grounds for the audit or investigation and the appropriate scope and nature of the audit or investigation. The scope and nature of any such audit or investigation shall be reasonably related to the grounds relied upon by the Commission in its order.
    Any audit or investigation authorized pursuant to this Section may be conducted by the Commission, or if the Commission is unable to adequately perform the audit or investigation, the Commission may arrange for it to be conducted by persons independent of the utility and selected by the Commission. The cost of an independent audit shall be borne initially by the utility, but shall be recovered as an expense through normal ratemaking procedures. Any audit or investigation shall be conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

220 ILCS 5/8-103

    (220 ILCS 5/8-103)
    Sec. 8-103. Energy efficiency and demand-response measures.
    (a) It is the policy of the State that electric utilities are required to use cost-effective energy efficiency and demand-response measures to reduce delivery load. Requiring investment in cost-effective energy efficiency and demand-response measures will reduce direct and indirect costs to consumers by decreasing environmental impacts and by avoiding or delaying the need for new generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure. It serves the public interest to allow electric utilities to recover costs for reasonably and prudently incurred expenses for energy efficiency and demand-response measures. As used in this Section, "cost-effective" means that the measures satisfy the total resource cost test. The low-income measures described in subsection (f)(4) of this Section shall not be required to meet the total resource cost test. For purposes of this Section, the terms "energy-efficiency", "demand-response", "electric utility", and "total resource cost test" shall have the meanings set forth in the Illinois Power Agency Act. For purposes of this Section, the amount per kilowatthour means the total amount paid for electric service expressed on a per kilowatthour basis. For purposes of this Section, the total amount paid for electric service includes without limitation estimated amounts paid for supply, transmission, distribution, surcharges, and add-on-taxes.
    (b) Electric utilities shall implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures to meet the following incremental annual energy savings goals:
        (1) 0.2% of energy delivered in the year commencing
    
June 1, 2008;
        (2) 0.4% of energy delivered in the year commencing
    
June 1, 2009;
        (3) 0.6% of energy delivered in the year commencing
    
June 1, 2010;
        (4) 0.8% of energy delivered in the year commencing
    
June 1, 2011;
        (5) 1% of energy delivered in the year commencing
    
June 1, 2012;
        (6) 1.4% of energy delivered in the year commencing
    
June 1, 2013;
        (7) 1.8% of energy delivered in the year commencing
    
June 1, 2014; and
        (8) 2% of energy delivered in the year commencing
    
June 1, 2015 and each year thereafter.
    Electric utilities may comply with this subsection (b) by meeting the annual incremental savings goal in the applicable year or by showing that the total cumulative annual savings within a 3-year planning period associated with measures implemented after May 31, 2014 was equal to the sum of each annual incremental savings requirement from May 31, 2014 through the end of the applicable year.
    (c) Electric utilities shall implement cost-effective demand-response measures to reduce peak demand by 0.1% over the prior year for eligible retail customers, as defined in Section 16-111.5 of this Act, and for customers that elect hourly service from the utility pursuant to Section 16-107 of this Act, provided those customers have not been declared competitive. This requirement commences June 1, 2008 and continues for 10 years.
    (d) Notwithstanding the requirements of subsections (b) and (c) of this Section, an electric utility shall reduce the amount of energy efficiency and demand-response measures implemented over a 3-year planning period by an amount necessary to limit the estimated average annual increase in the amounts paid by retail customers in connection with electric service due to the cost of those measures to:
        (1) in 2008, no more than 0.5% of the amount paid per
    
kilowatthour by those customers during the year ending May 31, 2007;
        (2) in 2009, the greater of an additional 0.5% of the
    
amount paid per kilowatthour by those customers during the year ending May 31, 2008 or 1% of the amount paid per kilowatthour by those customers during the year ending May 31, 2007;
        (3) in 2010, the greater of an additional 0.5% of the
    
amount paid per kilowatthour by those customers during the year ending May 31, 2009 or 1.5% of the amount paid per kilowatthour by those customers during the year ending May 31, 2007;
        (4) in 2011, the greater of an additional 0.5% of the
    
amount paid per kilowatthour by those customers during the year ending May 31, 2010 or 2% of the amount paid per kilowatthour by those customers during the year ending May 31, 2007; and
        (5) thereafter, the amount of energy efficiency and
    
demand-response measures implemented for any single year shall be reduced by an amount necessary to limit the estimated average net increase due to the cost of these measures included in the amounts paid by eligible retail customers in connection with electric service to no more than the greater of 2.015% of the amount paid per kilowatthour by those customers during the year ending May 31, 2007 or the incremental amount per kilowatthour paid for these measures in 2011.
    No later than June 30, 2011, the Commission shall review the limitation on the amount of energy efficiency and demand-response measures implemented pursuant to this Section and report to the General Assembly its findings as to whether that limitation unduly constrains the procurement of energy efficiency and demand-response measures.
    (e) Electric utilities shall be responsible for overseeing the design, development, and filing of energy efficiency and demand-response plans with the Commission. Electric utilities shall implement 100% of the demand-response measures in the plans. Electric utilities shall implement 75% of the energy efficiency measures approved by the Commission, and may, as part of that implementation, outsource various aspects of program development and implementation. The remaining 25% of those energy efficiency measures approved by the Commission shall be implemented by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and must be designed in conjunction with the utility and the filing process. The Department may outsource development and implementation of energy efficiency measures. A minimum of 10% of the entire portfolio of cost-effective energy efficiency measures shall be procured from units of local government, municipal corporations, school districts, and community college districts. The Department shall coordinate the implementation of these measures.
    The apportionment of the dollars to cover the costs to implement the Department's share of the portfolio of energy efficiency measures shall be made to the Department once the Department has executed rebate agreements, grants, or contracts for energy efficiency measures and provided supporting documentation for those rebate agreements, grants, and contracts to the utility. The Department is authorized to adopt any rules necessary and prescribe procedures in order to ensure compliance by applicants in carrying out the purposes of rebate agreements for energy efficiency measures implemented by the Department made under this Section.
    The details of the measures implemented by the Department shall be submitted by the Department to the Commission in connection with the utility's filing regarding the energy efficiency and demand-response measures that the utility implements.
    A utility providing approved energy efficiency and demand-response measures in the State shall be permitted to recover costs of those measures through an automatic adjustment clause tariff filed with and approved by the Commission. The tariff shall be established outside the context of a general rate case. Each year the Commission shall initiate a review to reconcile any amounts collected with the actual costs and to determine the required adjustment to the annual tariff factor to match annual expenditures.
    Each utility shall include, in its recovery of costs, the costs estimated for both the utility's and the Department's implementation of energy efficiency and demand-response measures. Costs collected by the utility for measures implemented by the Department shall be submitted to the Department pursuant to Section 605-323 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, shall be deposited into the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards Fund, and shall be used by the Department solely for the purpose of implementing these measures. A utility shall not be required to advance any moneys to the Department but only to forward such funds as it has collected. The Department shall report to the Commission on an annual basis regarding the costs actually incurred by the Department in the implementation of the measures. Any changes to the costs of energy efficiency measures as a result of plan modifications shall be appropriately reflected in amounts recovered by the utility and turned over to the Department.
    The portfolio of measures, administered by both the utilities and the Department, shall, in combination, be designed to achieve the annual savings targets described in subsections (b) and (c) of this Section, as modified by subsection (d) of this Section.
    The utility and the Department shall agree upon a reasonable portfolio of measures and determine the measurable corresponding percentage of the savings goals associated with measures implemented by the utility or Department.
    No utility shall be assessed a penalty under subsection (f) of this Section for failure to make a timely filing if that failure is the result of a lack of agreement with the Department with respect to the allocation of responsibilities or related costs or target assignments. In that case, the Department and the utility shall file their respective plans with the Commission and the Commission shall determine an appropriate division of measures and programs that meets the requirements of this Section.
    If the Department is unable to meet incremental annual performance goals for the portion of the portfolio implemented by the Department, then the utility and the Department shall jointly submit a modified filing to the Commission explaining the performance shortfall and recommending an appropriate course going forward, including any program modifications that may be appropriate in light of the evaluations conducted under item (7) of subsection (f) of this Section. In this case, the utility obligation to collect the Department's costs and turn over those funds to the Department under this subsection (e) shall continue only if the Commission approves the modifications to the plan proposed by the Department.
    (f) No later than November 15, 2007, each electric utility shall file an energy efficiency and demand-response plan with the Commission to meet the energy efficiency and demand-response standards for 2008 through 2010. No later than October 1, 2010, each electric utility shall file an energy efficiency and demand-response plan with the Commission to meet the energy efficiency and demand-response standards for 2011 through 2013. Every 3 years thereafter, each electric utility shall file, no later than September 1, an energy efficiency and demand-response plan with the Commission. If a utility does not file such a plan by September 1 of an applicable year, it shall face a penalty of $100,000 per day until the plan is filed. Each utility's plan shall set forth the utility's proposals to meet the utility's portion of the energy efficiency standards identified in subsection (b) and the demand-response standards identified in subsection (c) of this Section as modified by subsections (d) and (e), taking into account the unique circumstances of the utility's service territory. The Commission shall seek public comment on the utility's plan and shall issue an order approving or disapproving each plan within 5 months after its submission. If the Commission disapproves a plan, the Commission shall, within 30 days, describe in detail the reasons for the disapproval and describe a path by which the utility may file a revised draft of the plan to address the Commission's concerns satisfactorily. If the utility does not refile with the Commission within 60 days, the utility shall be subject to penalties at a rate of $100,000 per day until the plan is filed. This process shall continue, and penalties shall accrue, until the utility has successfully filed a portfolio of energy efficiency and demand-response measures. Penalties shall be deposited into the Energy Efficiency Trust Fund. In submitting proposed energy efficiency and demand-response plans and funding levels to meet the savings goals adopted by this Act the utility shall:
        (1) Demonstrate that its proposed energy efficiency
    
and demand-response measures will achieve the requirements that are identified in subsections (b) and (c) of this Section, as modified by subsections (d) and (e).
        (2) Present specific proposals to implement new
    
building and appliance standards that have been placed into effect.
        (3) Present estimates of the total amount paid for
    
electric service expressed on a per kilowatthour basis associated with the proposed portfolio of measures designed to meet the requirements that are identified in subsections (b) and (c) of this Section, as modified by subsections (d) and (e).
        (4) Coordinate with the Department to present a
    
portfolio of energy efficiency measures proportionate to the share of total annual utility revenues in Illinois from households at or below 150% of the poverty level. The energy efficiency programs shall be targeted to households with incomes at or below 80% of area median income.
        (5) Demonstrate that its overall portfolio of energy
    
efficiency and demand-response measures, not including programs covered by item (4) of this subsection (f), are cost-effective using the total resource cost test and represent a diverse cross-section of opportunities for customers of all rate classes to participate in the programs.
        (6) Include a proposed cost-recovery tariff mechanism
    
to fund the proposed energy efficiency and demand-response measures and to ensure the recovery of the prudently and reasonably incurred costs of Commission-approved programs.
        (7) Provide for an annual independent evaluation of
    
the performance of the cost-effectiveness of the utility's portfolio of measures and the Department's portfolio of measures, as well as a full review of the 3-year results of the broader net program impacts and, to the extent practical, for adjustment of the measures on a going-forward basis as a result of the evaluations. The resources dedicated to evaluation shall not exceed 3% of portfolio resources in any given year.
    (g) No more than 3% of energy efficiency and demand-response program revenue may be allocated for demonstration of breakthrough equipment and devices.
    (h) This Section does not apply to an electric utility that on December 31, 2005 provided electric service to fewer than 100,000 customers in Illinois.
    (i) If, after 2 years, an electric utility fails to meet the efficiency standard specified in subsection (b) of this Section, as modified by subsections (d) and (e), it shall make a contribution to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The combined total liability for failure to meet the goal shall be $1,000,000, which shall be assessed as follows: a large electric utility shall pay $665,000, and a medium electric utility shall pay $335,000. If, after 3 years, an electric utility fails to meet the efficiency standard specified in subsection (b) of this Section, as modified by subsections (d) and (e), it shall make a contribution to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The combined total liability for failure to meet the goal shall be $1,000,000, which shall be assessed as follows: a large electric utility shall pay $665,000, and a medium electric utility shall pay $335,000. In addition, the responsibility for implementing the energy efficiency measures of the utility making the payment shall be transferred to the Illinois Power Agency if, after 3 years, or in any subsequent 3-year period, the utility fails to meet the efficiency standard specified in subsection (b) of this Section, as modified by subsections (d) and (e). The Agency shall implement a competitive procurement program to procure resources necessary to meet the standards specified in this Section as modified by subsections (d) and (e), with costs for those resources to be recovered in the same manner as products purchased through the procurement plan as provided in Section 16-111.5. The Director shall implement this requirement in connection with the procurement plan as provided in Section 16-111.5.
    For purposes of this Section, (i) a "large electric utility" is an electric utility that, on December 31, 2005, served more than 2,000,000 electric customers in Illinois; (ii) a "medium electric utility" is an electric utility that, on December 31, 2005, served 2,000,000 or fewer but more than 100,000 electric customers in Illinois; and (iii) Illinois electric utilities that are affiliated by virtue of a common parent company are considered a single electric utility.
    (j) If, after 3 years, or any subsequent 3-year period, the Department fails to implement the Department's share of energy efficiency measures required by the standards in subsection (b), then the Illinois Power Agency may assume responsibility for and control of the Department's share of the required energy efficiency measures. The Agency shall implement a competitive procurement program to procure resources necessary to meet the standards specified in this Section, with the costs of these resources to be recovered in the same manner as provided for the Department in this Section.
    (k) No electric utility shall be deemed to have failed to meet the energy efficiency standards to the extent any such failure is due to a failure of the Department or the Agency.
(Source: P.A. 97-616, eff. 10-26-11; 97-841, eff. 7-20-12; 98-90, eff. 7-15-13.)

220 ILCS 5/8-103A

    (220 ILCS 5/8-103A)
    Sec. 8-103A. Energy efficiency analysis. Beginning in 2013, an electric utility subject to the requirements of Section 8-103 of this Act shall include in its energy efficiency and demand-response plan submitted pursuant to subsection (f) of Section 8-103 an analysis of additional cost-effective energy efficiency measures that could be implemented, by customer class, absent the limitations set forth in subsection (d) of Section 8-103. In seeking public comment on the electric utility's plan pursuant to subsection (f) of Section 8-103, the Commission shall include, beginning in 2013, the assessment of additional cost-effective energy efficiency measures submitted pursuant to this Section. For purposes of this Section, the term "energy efficiency" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act, and the term "cost-effective" shall have the meaning set forth in subsection (a) of Section 8-103 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-616, eff. 10-26-11.)

220 ILCS 5/8-104

    (220 ILCS 5/8-104)
    Sec. 8-104. Natural gas energy efficiency programs.
    (a) It is the policy of the State that natural gas utilities and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity are required to use cost-effective energy efficiency to reduce direct and indirect costs to consumers. It serves the public interest to allow natural gas utilities to recover costs for reasonably and prudently incurred expenses for cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
    (b) For purposes of this Section, "energy efficiency" means measures that reduce the amount of energy required to achieve a given end use. "Energy efficiency" also includes measures that reduce the total Btus of electricity and natural gas needed to meet the end use or uses. "Cost-effective" means that the measures satisfy the total resource cost test which, for purposes of this Section, means a standard that is met if, for an investment in energy efficiency, the benefit-cost ratio is greater than one. The benefit-cost ratio is the ratio of the net present value of the total benefits of the measures to the net present value of the total costs as calculated over the lifetime of the measures. The total resource cost test compares the sum of avoided natural gas utility costs, representing the benefits that accrue to the system and the participant in the delivery of those efficiency measures, as well as other quantifiable societal benefits, including avoided electric utility costs, to the sum of all incremental costs of end use measures (including both utility and participant contributions), plus costs to administer, deliver, and evaluate each demand-side measure, to quantify the net savings obtained by substituting demand-side measures for supply resources. In calculating avoided costs, reasonable estimates shall be included for financial costs likely to be imposed by future regulation of emissions of greenhouse gases. The low-income programs described in item (4) of subsection (f) of this Section shall not be required to meet the total resource cost test.
    (c) Natural gas utilities shall implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures to meet at least the following natural gas savings requirements, which shall be based upon the total amount of gas delivered to retail customers, other than the customers described in subsection (m) of this Section, during calendar year 2009 multiplied by the applicable percentage. Natural gas utilities may comply with this Section by meeting the annual incremental savings goal in the applicable year or by showing that total cumulative annual savings within a 3-year planning period associated with measures implemented after May 31, 2011 were equal to the sum of each annual incremental savings requirement from May 31, 2011 through the end of the applicable year:
        (1) 0.2% by May 31, 2012;
        (2) an additional 0.4% by May 31, 2013, increasing
    
total savings to .6%;
        (3) an additional 0.6% by May 31, 2014, increasing
    
total savings to 1.2%;
        (4) an additional 0.8% by May 31, 2015, increasing
    
total savings to 2.0%;
        (5) an additional 1% by May 31, 2016, increasing
    
total savings to 3.0%;
        (6) an additional 1.2% by May 31, 2017, increasing
    
total savings to 4.2%;
        (7) an additional 1.4% by May 31, 2018, increasing
    
total savings to 5.6%;
        (8) an additional 1.5% by May 31, 2019, increasing
    
total savings to 7.1%; and
        (9) an additional 1.5% in each 12-month period
    
thereafter.
    (d) Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (c) of this Section, a natural gas utility shall limit the amount of energy efficiency implemented in any 3-year reporting period established by subsection (f) of Section 8-104 of this Act, by an amount necessary to limit the estimated average increase in the amounts paid by retail customers in connection with natural gas service to no more than 2% in the applicable 3-year reporting period. The energy savings requirements in subsection (c) of this Section may be reduced by the Commission for the subject plan, if the utility demonstrates by substantial evidence that it is highly unlikely that the requirements could be achieved without exceeding the applicable spending limits in any 3-year reporting period. No later than September 1, 2013, the Commission shall review the limitation on the amount of energy efficiency measures implemented pursuant to this Section and report to the General Assembly, in the report required by subsection (k) of this Section, its findings as to whether that limitation unduly constrains the procurement of energy efficiency measures.
    (e) Natural gas utilities shall be responsible for overseeing the design, development, and filing of their efficiency plans with the Commission. The utility shall utilize 75% of the available funding associated with energy efficiency programs approved by the Commission, and may outsource various aspects of program development and implementation. The remaining 25% of available funding shall be used by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to implement energy efficiency measures that achieve no less than 20% of the requirements of subsection (c) of this Section. Such measures shall be designed in conjunction with the utility and approved by the Commission. The Department may outsource development and implementation of energy efficiency measures. A minimum of 10% of the entire portfolio of cost-effective energy efficiency measures shall be procured from local government, municipal corporations, school districts, and community college districts. Five percent of the entire portfolio of cost-effective energy efficiency measures may be granted to local government and municipal corporations for market transformation initiatives. The Department shall coordinate the implementation of these measures and shall integrate delivery of natural gas efficiency programs with electric efficiency programs delivered pursuant to Section 8-103 of this Act, unless the Department can show that integration is not feasible.
    The apportionment of the dollars to cover the costs to implement the Department's share of the portfolio of energy efficiency measures shall be made to the Department once the Department has executed rebate agreements, grants, or contracts for energy efficiency measures and provided supporting documentation for those rebate agreements, grants, and contracts to the utility. The Department is authorized to adopt any rules necessary and prescribe procedures in order to ensure compliance by applicants in carrying out the purposes of rebate agreements for energy efficiency measures implemented by the Department made under this Section.
    The details of the measures implemented by the Department shall be submitted by the Department to the Commission in connection with the utility's filing regarding the energy efficiency measures that the utility implements.
    A utility providing approved energy efficiency measures in this State shall be permitted to recover costs of those measures through an automatic adjustment clause tariff filed with and approved by the Commission. The tariff shall be established outside the context of a general rate case and shall be applicable to the utility's customers other than the customers described in subsection (m) of this Section. Each year the Commission shall initiate a review to reconcile any amounts collected with the actual costs and to determine the required adjustment to the annual tariff factor to match annual expenditures.
    Each utility shall include, in its recovery of costs, the costs estimated for both the utility's and the Department's implementation of energy efficiency measures. Costs collected by the utility for measures implemented by the Department shall be submitted to the Department pursuant to Section 605-323 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, shall be deposited into the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards Fund, and shall be used by the Department solely for the purpose of implementing these measures. A utility shall not be required to advance any moneys to the Department but only to forward such funds as it has collected. The Department shall report to the Commission on an annual basis regarding the costs actually incurred by the Department in the implementation of the measures. Any changes to the costs of energy efficiency measures as a result of plan modifications shall be appropriately reflected in amounts recovered by the utility and turned over to the Department.
    The portfolio of measures, administered by both the utilities and the Department, shall, in combination, be designed to achieve the annual energy savings requirements set forth in subsection (c) of this Section, as modified by subsection (d) of this Section.
    The utility and the Department shall agree upon a reasonable portfolio of measures and determine the measurable corresponding percentage of the savings goals associated with measures implemented by the Department.
    No utility shall be assessed a penalty under subsection (f) of this Section for failure to make a timely filing if that failure is the result of a lack of agreement with the Department with respect to the allocation of responsibilities or related costs or target assignments. In that case, the Department and the utility shall file their respective plans with the Commission and the Commission shall determine an appropriate division of measures and programs that meets the requirements of this Section.
    If the Department is unable to meet performance requirements for the portion of the portfolio implemented by the Department, then the utility and the Department shall jointly submit a modified filing to the Commission explaining the performance shortfall and recommending an appropriate course going forward, including any program modifications that may be appropriate in light of the evaluations conducted under item (8) of subsection (f) of this Section. In this case, the utility obligation to collect the Department's costs and turn over those funds to the Department under this subsection (e) shall continue only if the Commission approves the modifications to the plan proposed by the Department.
    (f) No later than October 1, 2010, each gas utility shall file an energy efficiency plan with the Commission to meet the energy efficiency standards through May 31, 2014. Every 3 years thereafter, each utility shall file, no later than October 1, an energy efficiency plan with the Commission. If a utility does not file such a plan by October 1 of the applicable year, then it shall face a penalty of $100,000 per day until the plan is filed. Each utility's plan shall set forth the utility's proposals to meet the utility's portion of the energy efficiency standards identified in subsection (c) of this Section, as modified by subsection (d) of this Section, taking into account the unique circumstances of the utility's service territory. The Commission shall seek public comment on the utility's plan and shall issue an order approving or disapproving each plan. If the Commission disapproves a plan, the Commission shall, within 30 days, describe in detail the reasons for the disapproval and describe a path by which the utility may file a revised draft of the plan to address the Commission's concerns satisfactorily. If the utility does not refile with the Commission within 60 days after the disapproval, the utility shall be subject to penalties at a rate of $100,000 per day until the plan is filed. This process shall continue, and penalties shall accrue, until the utility has successfully filed a portfolio of energy efficiency measures. Penalties shall be deposited into the Energy Efficiency Trust Fund and the cost of any such penalties may not be recovered from ratepayers. In submitting proposed energy efficiency plans and funding levels to meet the savings goals adopted by this Act the utility shall:
        (1) Demonstrate that its proposed energy efficiency
    
measures will achieve the requirements that are identified in subsection (c) of this Section, as modified by subsection (d) of this Section.
        (2) Present specific proposals to implement new
    
building and appliance standards that have been placed into effect.
        (3) Present estimates of the total amount paid for
    
gas service expressed on a per therm basis associated with the proposed portfolio of measures designed to meet the requirements that are identified in subsection (c) of this Section, as modified by subsection (d) of this Section.
        (4) Coordinate with the Department to present a
    
portfolio of energy efficiency measures proportionate to the share of total annual utility revenues in Illinois from households at or below 150% of the poverty level. Such programs shall be targeted to households with incomes at or below 80% of area median income.
        (5) Demonstrate that its overall portfolio of energy
    
efficiency measures, not including programs covered by item (4) of this subsection (f), are cost-effective using the total resource cost test and represent a diverse cross section of opportunities for customers of all rate classes to participate in the programs.
        (6) Demonstrate that a gas utility affiliated with an
    
electric utility that is required to comply with Section 8-103 of this Act has integrated gas and electric efficiency measures into a single program that reduces program or participant costs and appropriately allocates costs to gas and electric ratepayers. The Department shall integrate all gas and electric programs it delivers in any such utilities' service territories, unless the Department can show that integration is not feasible or appropriate.
        (7) Include a proposed cost recovery tariff mechanism
    
to fund the proposed energy efficiency measures and to ensure the recovery of the prudently and reasonably incurred costs of Commission-approved programs.
        (8) Provide for quarterly status reports tracking
    
implementation of and expenditures for the utility's portfolio of measures and the Department's portfolio of measures, an annual independent review, and a full independent evaluation of the 3-year results of the performance and the cost-effectiveness of the utility's and Department's portfolios of measures and broader net program impacts and, to the extent practical, for adjustment of the measures on a going forward basis as a result of the evaluations. The resources dedicated to evaluation shall not exceed 3% of portfolio resources in any given 3-year period.
    (g) No more than 3% of expenditures on energy efficiency measures may be allocated for demonstration of breakthrough equipment and devices.
    (h) Illinois natural gas utilities that are affiliated by virtue of a common parent company may, at the utilities' request, be considered a single natural gas utility for purposes of complying with this Section.
    (i) If, after 3 years, a gas utility fails to meet the efficiency standard specified in subsection (c) of this Section as modified by subsection (d), then it shall make a contribution to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The total liability for failure to meet the goal shall be assessed as follows:
        (1) a large gas utility shall pay $600,000;
        (2) a medium gas utility shall pay $400,000; and
        (3) a small gas utility shall pay $200,000.
    For purposes of this Section, (i) a "large gas utility" is a gas utility that on December 31, 2008, served more than 1,500,000 gas customers in Illinois; (ii) a "medium gas utility" is a gas utility that on December 31, 2008, served fewer than 1,500,000, but more than 500,000 gas customers in Illinois; and (iii) a "small gas utility" is a gas utility that on December 31, 2008, served fewer than 500,000 and more than 100,000 gas customers in Illinois. The costs of this contribution may not be recovered from ratepayers.
    If a gas utility fails to meet the efficiency standard specified in subsection (c) of this Section, as modified by subsection (d) of this Section, in any 2 consecutive 3-year planning periods, then the responsibility for implementing the utility's energy efficiency measures shall be transferred to an independent program administrator selected by the Commission. Reasonable and prudent costs incurred by the independent program administrator to meet the efficiency standard specified in subsection (c) of this Section, as modified by subsection (d) of this Section, may be recovered from the customers of the affected gas utilities, other than customers described in subsection (m) of this Section. The utility shall provide the independent program administrator with all information and assistance necessary to perform the program administrator's duties including but not limited to customer, account, and energy usage data, and shall allow the program administrator to include inserts in customer bills. The utility may recover reasonable costs associated with any such assistance.
    (j) No utility shall be deemed to have failed to meet the energy efficiency standards to the extent any such failure is due to a failure of the Department.
    (k) Not later than January 1, 2012, the Commission shall develop and solicit public comment on a plan to foster statewide coordination and consistency between statutorily mandated natural gas and electric energy efficiency programs to reduce program or participant costs or to improve program performance. Not later than September 1, 2013, the Commission shall issue a report to the General Assembly containing its findings and recommendations.
    (l) This Section does not apply to a gas utility that on January 1, 2009, provided gas service to fewer than 100,000 customers in Illinois.
    (m) Subsections (a) through (k) of this Section do not apply to customers of a natural gas utility that have a North American Industry Classification System code number that is 22111 or any such code number beginning with the digits 31, 32, or 33 and (i) annual usage in the aggregate of 4 million therms or more within the service territory of the affected gas utility or with aggregate usage of 8 million therms or more in this State and complying with the provisions of item (l) of this subsection (m); or (ii) using natural gas as feedstock and meeting the usage requirements described in item (i) of this subsection (m), to the extent such annual feedstock usage is greater than 60% of the customer's total annual usage of natural gas.
        (1) Customers described in this subsection (m) of
    
this Section shall apply, on a form approved on or before October 1, 2009 by the Department, to the Department to be designated as a self-directing customer ("SDC") or as an exempt customer using natural gas as a feedstock from which other products are made, including, but not limited to, feedstock for a hydrogen plant, on or before the 1st day of February, 2010. Thereafter, application may be made not less than 6 months before the filing date of the gas utility energy efficiency plan described in subsection (f) of this Section; however, a new customer that commences taking service from a natural gas utility after February 1, 2010 may apply to become a SDC or exempt customer up to 30 days after beginning service. Customers described in this subsection (m) that have not already been approved by the Department may apply to be designated a self-directing customer or exempt customer, on a form approved by the Department, between September 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013. Customer applications that are approved by the Department under this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall be considered to be a self-directing customer or exempt customer, as applicable, for the current 3-year planning period effective December 1, 2013. Such application shall contain the following:
            (A) the customer's certification that, at the
        
time of its application, it qualifies to be a SDC or exempt customer described in this subsection (m) of this Section;
            (B) in the case of a SDC, the customer's
        
certification that it has established or will establish by the beginning of the utility's 3-year planning period commencing subsequent to the application, and will maintain for accounting purposes, an energy efficiency reserve account and that the customer will accrue funds in said account to be held for the purpose of funding, in whole or in part, energy efficiency measures of the customer's choosing, which may include, but are not limited to, projects involving combined heat and power systems that use the same energy source both for the generation of electrical or mechanical power and the production of steam or another form of useful thermal energy or the use of combustible gas produced from biomass, or both;
            (C) in the case of a SDC, the customer's
        
certification that annual funding levels for the energy efficiency reserve account will be equal to 2% of the customer's cost of natural gas, composed of the customer's commodity cost and the delivery service charges paid to the gas utility, or $150,000, whichever is less;
            (D) in the case of a SDC, the customer's
        
certification that the required reserve account balance will be capped at 3 years' worth of accruals and that the customer may, at its option, make further deposits to the account to the extent such deposit would increase the reserve account balance above the designated cap level;
            (E) in the case of a SDC, the customer's
        
certification that by October 1 of each year, beginning no sooner than October 1, 2012, the customer will report to the Department information, for the 12-month period ending May 31 of the same year, on all deposits and reductions, if any, to the reserve account during the reporting year, and to the extent deposits to the reserve account in any year are in an amount less than $150,000, the basis for such reduced deposits; reserve account balances by month; a description of energy efficiency measures undertaken by the customer and paid for in whole or in part with funds from the reserve account; an estimate of the energy saved, or to be saved, by the measure; and that the report shall include a verification by an officer or plant manager of the customer or by a registered professional engineer or certified energy efficiency trade professional that the funds withdrawn from the reserve account were used for the energy efficiency measures;
            (F) in the case of an exempt customer, the
        
customer's certification of the level of gas usage as feedstock in the customer's operation in a typical year and that it will provide information establishing this level, upon request of the Department;
            (G) in the case of either an exempt customer or
        
a SDC, the customer's certification that it has provided the gas utility or utilities serving the customer with a copy of the application as filed with the Department;
            (H) in the case of either an exempt customer or a
        
SDC, certification of the natural gas utility or utilities serving the customer in Illinois including the natural gas utility accounts that are the subject of the application; and
            (I) in the case of either an exempt customer or a
        
SDC, a verification signed by a plant manager or an authorized corporate officer attesting to the truthfulness and accuracy of the information contained in the application.
        (2) The Department shall review the application to
    
determine that it contains the information described in provisions (A) through (I) of item (1) of this subsection (m), as applicable. The review shall be completed within 30 days after the date the application is filed with the Department. Absent a determination by the Department within the 30-day period, the applicant shall be considered to be a SDC or exempt customer, as applicable, for all subsequent 3-year planning periods, as of the date of filing the application described in this subsection (m). If the Department determines that the application does not contain the applicable information described in provisions (A) through (I) of item (1) of this subsection (m), it shall notify the customer, in writing, of its determination that the application does not contain the required information and identify the information that is missing, and the customer shall provide the missing information within 15 working days after the date of receipt of the Department's notification.
        (3) The Department shall have the right to audit the
    
information provided in the customer's application and annual reports to ensure continued compliance with the requirements of this subsection. Based on the audit, if the Department determines the customer is no longer in compliance with the requirements of items (A) through (I) of item (1) of this subsection (m), as applicable, the Department shall notify the customer in writing of the noncompliance. The customer shall have 30 days to establish its compliance, and failing to do so, may have its status as a SDC or exempt customer revoked by the Department. The Department shall treat all information provided by any customer seeking SDC status or exemption from the provisions of this Section as strictly confidential.
        (4) Upon request, or on its own motion, the
    
Commission may open an investigation, no more than once every 3 years and not before October 1, 2014, to evaluate the effectiveness of the self-directing program described in this subsection (m).
    Customers described in this subsection (m) that applied to the Department on January 3, 2013, were approved by the Department on February 13, 2013 to be a self-directing customer or exempt customer, and receive natural gas from a utility that provides gas service to at least 500,000 retail customers in Illinois and electric service to at least 1,000,000 retail customers in Illinois shall be considered to be a self-directing customer or exempt customer, as applicable, for the current 3-year planning period effective December 1, 2013.
    (n) The applicability of this Section to customers described in subsection (m) of this Section is conditioned on the existence of the SDC program. In no event will any provision of this Section apply to such customers after January 1, 2020.
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 97-841, eff. 7-20-12; 98-90, eff. 7-15-13; 98-225, eff. 8-9-13; 98-604, eff. 12-17-13.)

220 ILCS 5/8-105

    (220 ILCS 5/8-105)
    Sec. 8-105. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-33, eff. 7-10-09. Repealed internally, eff. 12-31-11.)

220 ILCS 5/8-201

    (220 ILCS 5/8-201) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-201)
    Sec. 8-201. It is the policy of this State that no person should be denied essential utility service during the winter months due to financial inability to pay. It is also the policy of this State that public utilities and residential heating customers deal with each other in good faith and fair manner.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-201.5

    (220 ILCS 5/8-201.5)
    Sec. 8-201.5. Military personnel in military service; no stoppage of gas or electricity; arrearage.
    (a) In this Section:
    "Military service" means any full-time training or duty, no matter how described under federal or State law, for which a service member is ordered to report by the President, Governor of a state, commonwealth, or territory of the United States, or other appropriate military authority.
    "Service member" means a resident of Illinois who is a member of any component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard of any state, the District of Columbia, a commonwealth, or a territory of the United States.
    (b) No company or electric cooperative shall for nonpayment stop gas or electricity from entering the residential premises that was the primary residence of a service member immediately before the service member was assigned to military service.
    (c) In order to be eligible for the benefits granted to service members under this Section, a service member must provide the company or electric cooperative with a copy of the orders calling the service member to military service in excess of 29 consecutive days and of any orders further extending the service member's period of service.
    (d) Upon the return from military service of a residential consumer who is a service member, the company or electric cooperative shall offer the residential consumer a period equal to at least the period of military service to pay any arrearages incurred during the period of the residential consumer's military service. The company or electric cooperative shall inform the residential consumer that, if the period that the company or electric cooperative offers presents a hardship to the consumer, the consumer may request a longer period to pay the arrearages and, in the case of a company that is a public utility, may request the assistance of the Illinois Commerce Commission to obtain a longer period. No late payment fees or interest shall be charged to the residential consumer during the period of military service or the repayment period.
    (e) A public utility shall be permitted to recover the uncollectible costs it incurs in complying with the requirements of this Section, including through the utility's automatic adjustment clause tariff authorized under either Section 16-111.8 or Section 19-145 of this Act. In the event that a public utility does not have such a tariff in effect, then the public utility shall recover such costs consistent with the rules established by the Illinois Commerce Commission pursuant to subparagraph (3) of subsection (f) of this Section.
    (f) The Illinois Commerce Commission shall initiate a rulemaking proceeding to establish rules regarding, at a minimum:
        (1) what documents or proof the service member
    
must provide to the public utility to establish that the residential premises was the primary residence of the service member immediately before the service member entered military service;
        (2) what constitutes "hardship to the consumer"
    
as that term is used in subsection (d) of this Section; and
        (3) the mechanism or mechanisms pursuant to which
    
a public utility that does not have in effect an automatic adjustment clause tariff under either Section 16-111.8 or Section 19-145 of this Act shall recover the uncollectible costs it incurs in complying with the requirements of this Section.
    (g) In order to be eligible for the benefits granted to a service member under this Section, a service member who receives utility services from a not-for-profit cooperative must provide the cooperative with documentation that his or her military service materially affects his or her ability to pay for the services when payment is due.
    (h) A violation of this Section constitutes a civil rights violation under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
    All proceeds from the collection of any civil penalty imposed under this subsection shall be deposited into the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.
(Source: P.A. 97-913, eff. 1-1-13.)

220 ILCS 5/8-202

    (220 ILCS 5/8-202) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-202)
    Sec. 8-202. Any public utility, or two or more public utilities, which furnishes electricity or gas for space heating shall, during the calendar months of November, December, January, February, and March:
    (a) give written notice of its intention to terminate or cut off such service or supply for any reason, other than by request of the customer, to the customer. Such notice shall be sent by U.S. Mail at least 8 days prior to termination of service or supply or delivered by other means to the customer 5 days prior to such termination; and
    (b) deliver written notice of intention to terminate or cut off such service or supply for any reason, other than by request of the customer, to the Director of the local department of public health or, if there is no local department of public health, then to the township supervisor or, if there is no township supervisor, then to the county sheriff where the premises receiving such service or supply is located; and
    (c) send, by certified mail, prior written notice of its intention to terminate or cut off such service or supply for any reason, other than by request of the customer, to the owner of record and/or the mortgagee of the premises receiving such service or supply, should the owner of record or mortgagee make request to the public utility for any such notice.
    The notice required by paragraphs (b) and (c) of this Section shall be delivered or mailed at least 24 hours and not more than 48 hours prior to the termination of service or supply.
    Any termination notice delivered or mailed to a customer shall include a statement advising said customer that the township supervisor, local department of public health, or county sheriff, and the owner and/or the mortgagee, if applicable, will be notified of the termination action at least 24 hours prior to the termination of service or supply.
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the power of the Commission to adopt other rules and regulations pursuant to service termination notices.
    No public official to whom notice is given pursuant to subparagraph (b) of this Section shall be liable for death, injury or damages resulting from cut-off of electricity or gas service or supply.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-203

    (220 ILCS 5/8-203) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-203)
    Sec. 8-203. No public utility company which furnishes gas or electricity for space heating shall, during the calendar months of October, November, December, January, February and March, terminate or cut off service to any residence or other building at the request of a customer unless:
    (a) the customer making the request identifies himself or herself as the owner of the residence or other building or provides reasonable assurance that the owner or the agent thereof has been notified of the request; or
    (b) the public utility company has made a reasonable effort to ascertain the owner or the agent thereof and to notify such owner or agent of the request; or
    (c) more than 24 hours has elapsed from the time the request was received by the public utility company.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-204

    (220 ILCS 5/8-204) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-204)
    Sec. 8-204. Every public utility company which furnishes electricity to residential customers shall (a) maintain a registry of those individuals who are dependent on an electrically operated respirator, dialysis machine or any other electrically operated life-support equipment, and (b) identify with a special tag each meter used in conjunction with the provision of electric service to such individuals. The existence of the registry shall be reasonably publicized by the public utility to its residential customers and the general public. It shall be the responsibility, however, of any individual relying on any life-support equipment to notify the public utility providing electrical service of his or her dependency on such life-support equipment.
(Source: P.A. 86-1424.)

220 ILCS 5/8-205

    (220 ILCS 5/8-205) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-205)
    Sec. 8-205. (a) Termination of gas and electric utility service to all residential users, including all tenants of mastermetered apartment buildings, for nonpayment of bills, where gas or electricity is used as the only source of space heating or to control or operate the only space heating equipment at the residence is prohibited,
        (1) on any day when the National Weather Service
    
forecast for the following 24 hours covering the area of the utility in which the residence is located includes a forecast that the temperature will be 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below; or
        (2) on any day preceding a holiday or a weekend when
    
such a forecast indicated that the temperature will be 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below during the holiday or weekend.
    (b) If gas or electricity is used as the only source of space cooling or to control or operate the only space cooling equipment at a residence, then a utility with over 100,000 residential customers may not terminate gas or electric utility service to the residential user, including all tenants of mastermetered apartment buildings:
        (1) on any day when the National Weather Service
    
forecast for the following 24 hours covering the area of the utility in which the residence is located includes a forecast that the temperature will be 95 degrees Fahrenheit or above; or
        (2) on any day preceding a holiday or weekend when a
    
forecast indicates that the temperature will be 95 degrees Fahrenheit or above during the holiday or weekend.
(Source: P.A. 95-772, eff. 8-1-08.)

220 ILCS 5/8-206

    (220 ILCS 5/8-206) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-206)
    Sec. 8-206. Winter termination for nonpayment.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no electric or gas public utility shall disconnect service to any residential customer or mastermetered apartment building for nonpayment of a bill or deposit where gas or electricity is used as the primary source of space heating or is used to control or operate the primary source of space heating equipment at the premises during the period of time from December 1 through and including March 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year, unless:
        (1) The utility (i) has offered the customer a
    
deferred payment arrangement allowing for payment of past due amounts over a period of not less than 4 months not to extend beyond the following November and the option to enter into a levelized payment plan for the payment of future bills. The maximum down payment requirements shall not exceed 10% of the amount past due and owing at the time of entering into the agreement; and (ii) has provided the customer with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of governmental and private agencies which may provide assistance to customers of public utilities in paying their utility bills; the utility shall obtain the approval of an agency before placing the name of that agency on any list which will be used to provide such information to customers;
        (2) The customer has refused or failed to enter into
    
a deferred payment arrangement as described in paragraph (1) of this subsection (a); and
        (3) All notice requirements as provided by law and
    
rules or regulations of the Commission have been met.
    (b) Prior to termination of service for any residential customer or mastermetered apartment building during the period from December 1 through and including March 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year, all electric and gas public utilities shall, in addition to all other notices:
        (1) Notify the customer or an adult residing at the
    
customer's premises by telephone, a personal visit to the customer's premises or by first class mail, informing the customer that:
            (i) the customer's account is in arrears and the
        
customer's service is subject to termination for nonpayment of a bill;
            (ii) the customer can avoid disconnection of
        
service by entering into a deferred payment agreement to pay past due amounts over a period not to extend beyond the following November and the customer has the option to enter into a levelized payment plan for the payment of future bills;
            (iii) the customer may apply for any available
        
assistance to aid in the payment of utility bills from any governmental or private agencies from the list of such agencies provided to the customer by the utility.
        Provided, however, that a public utility shall be
    
required to make only one such contact with the customer during any such period from December 1 through and including March 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year.
        (2) Each public utility shall maintain records which
    
shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the manner by which the customer was notified and the time, date and manner by which any prior but unsuccessful attempts to contact were made. These records shall also describe the terms of the deferred payment arrangements offered to the customer and those entered into by the utility and customers. These records shall indicate the total amount past due, the down payment, the amount remaining to be paid and the number of months allowed to pay the outstanding balance. No public utility shall be required to retain records pertaining to unsuccessful attempts to contact or deferred payment arrangements rejected by the customer after such customer has entered into a deferred payment arrangement with such utility.
    (c) No public utility shall disconnect service for nonpayment of a bill until the lapse of 6 business days after making the notification required by paragraph (1) of subsection (b) so as to allow the customer an opportunity to:
        (1) Enter into a deferred payment arrangement and the
    
option to enter into a levelized payment plan for the payment of future bills.
        (2) Contact a governmental or private agency that may
    
provide assistance to customers for the payment of public utility bills.
    (d) Any residential customer who enters into a deferred payment arrangement pursuant to this Act, and subsequently during that period of time set forth in subsection (a) becomes subject to termination, shall be given notice as required by law and any rule or regulation of the Commission prior to termination of service.
    (e) During that time period set forth in subsection (a), a utility shall not require a down payment for a deposit from a residential customer in excess of 20% of the total deposit requested. An additional 4 months shall be allowed to pay the remainder of the deposit. This provision shall not apply to mastermetered apartment buildings or other nonresidential customers.
    (f) During that period of time set forth in subsection (a), no utility may refuse to offer a deferred payment agreement to a residential customer who has defaulted on such an agreement within the past 12 months. However, no utility shall be required to enter into more than one deferred payment arrangement under this Section with any residential customer or mastermetered apartment building during the period from December 1 through and including March 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year.
    (g) In order to enable customers to take advantage of energy assistance programs, customers who can demonstrate that their applications for a local, state or federal energy assistance program have been approved may request that the amount they will be entitled to receive as a regular energy assistance payment be deducted and set aside from the amount past due on which they make deferred payment arrangements. Payment on the set-aside amount shall be credited when the energy assistance voucher or check is received, according to the utility's common business practice.
    (h) In no event shall any utility send a final notice to any customer who has entered into a current deferred payment agreement and has not defaulted on that deferred payment agreement, unless the final notice pertains to a deposit request.
    (i) Each utility shall include with each disconnection notice sent during the period for December 1 through and including March 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year to a residential customer an insert explaining the above provisions and providing a telephone number of the utility company which the consumer may call to receive further information.
    (j) Each utility shall file with the Commission prior to December 1 of each year a plan detailing the implementation of this Section. This plan shall contain, but not be limited to:
        (1) a description of the methods to be used to notify
    
residential customers as required in this Section, including the forms of written and oral notices which shall be required to include all the information contained in subsection (b) of this Section.
        (2) a listing of the names, addresses and telephone
    
numbers of governmental and private agencies which may provide assistance to residential customers in paying their utility bills.
        (3) the program of employee education and information
    
which shall be used by the company in the implementation of this Section.
        (4) a description of methods to be utilized to inform
    
residential customers of those governmental and private agencies and current and planned methods of cooperation with those agencies to identify the customers who qualify for assistance in paying their utility bills.
    A utility which has a plan on file with the Commission need not resubmit a new plan each year. However, any alteration of the plan on file must be submitted and approved prior to December 1 of any year.
    All plans are subject to review and approval by the Commission. The Commission may direct a utility to alter its plan to comply with the requirements of this Section.
    (k) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no electric or gas public utility shall disconnect service to any residential customer who is a participant under Section 6 of the Energy Assistance Act for nonpayment of a bill or deposit where gas or electricity is used as the primary source of space heating or is used to control or operate the primary source of space heating equipment at the premises during the period of time from December 1 through and including March 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year.
    (l) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no electric or gas public utility shall disconnect service to any residential customer who has notified the utility that he or she is a service member or veteran for nonpayment of a bill or deposit where gas or electricity is used as the primary source of space heating or is used to control or operate the primary source of space heating equipment at the premises during the period of time from December 1 through and including March 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year.
(Source: P.A. 97-77, eff. 1-1-12.)

220 ILCS 5/8-207

    (220 ILCS 5/8-207) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-207)
    Sec. 8-207. Any former residential customer whose gas or electric service was used to provide or control the primary source of space heating in the dwelling and whose service is disconnected for nonpayment of a bill or a deposit from December 1 of the prior winter's heating season through April 1 of the current heating season shall be eligible for reconnection and a deferred payment arrangement under the provisions of this Section, subject to the following limitations:
    A utility shall not be required to reconnect service to, and enter into a deferred payment arrangement with, a former customer under the provisions of this Section (1) except between November 1 and April 1 of the current heating season for former customers who do not have applications pending for the program described in Section 6 of the Energy Assistance Act, and except between October 1 and April 1 of the current heating season for all former customers who do have applications pending for the program described in Section 6 of the Energy Assistance Act and who provide proof of application to the utility, (2) in 2 consecutive years, (3) unless that former customer has paid at least 33 1/3% of the amount billed for utility service rendered by that utility subsequent to December 1 of the prior year, or (4) in any instance where the utility can show there has been tampering with the utility's wires, pipes, meters (including locking devices), or other service equipment and further shows that the former customer enjoyed the benefit of utility service obtained in the aforesaid manner.
    The terms and conditions of any deferred payment arrangements established by the utility and a former customer shall take into consideration the following factors, based upon information available from current utility records or provided by the former customer:
        (1) the amount past due;
        (2) the former customer's ability to pay;
        (3) the former customer's payment history;
        (4) the reasons for the accumulation of the past due
    
amounts; and
        (5) any other relevant factors relating to the former
    
customer's circumstances.
    After the former customer's eligibility has been established in accordance with the first paragraph of this Section and, upon the establishment of a deferred payment agreement, the former customer shall pay 1/3 of the amount past due (including reconnecting charge, if any) and 1/3 of any deposit required by the utility.
    Upon the payment of 1/3 of the amount past due and 1/3 of any deposit required by the utility, the former customer's service shall be reconnected as soon as possible. The company and the former customer shall agree to a payment schedule for the remaining balances which will reasonably allow the former customer to make the payments on the remainder of the deposit and the past due balance while paying current bills during the winter heating season. However, the utility is not obliged to make payment arrangements extending beyond the following November. The utility shall allow the former customer a minimum of 4 months in which to retire the past due balance and 3 months in which to pay the remainder of the deposit. The former customer shall also be informed that payment on the amounts past due and the deposit, if any, plus the current bills must be paid by the due date or the customer may face termination of service pursuant to this Section and Section 8-206.
    The Commission shall develop rules to govern the reconnection of a former customer who demonstrates a financial inability to meet the requirement of 1/3 of the amount past due and 1/3 of any deposit requested by the utility. The Commission's rules shall establish a means by which the former customer's utility service may be reconnected through the payment of a reasonable amount and upon entering into a deferred payment agreement.
    Any payment agreement made shall be in writing, with a copy provided to the former customer. The renegotiation and reinstatement of a customer and the establishment of a budget payment plan shall be pursuant to rules established by the Commission.
    Not later than September 15 of each year, every gas and electric utility shall conduct a survey of all former residential customers whose gas or electric service was used to provide or control the primary source of space heating in the dwelling and whose gas or electric service was terminated for nonpayment of a bill or deposit from December 1 of the previous year to September 15 of that year and where service at that premises has not been restored. Not later than October 1 of each year the utility shall notify each of these former customers that the gas or electric service will be restored by the company for the coming heating season if the former customer contacts the utility and makes arrangements with the utility for reconnection of service under the conditions set forth in this Section. A utility shall notify the former customer or an adult member of the household by personal visit, telephone contact or mailing of a letter by first class mail to the last known address of that former customer. The utility shall keep records which would indicate the date, form and the results of such contact.
    Each gas and electric utility which has former customers affected by this Section shall file reports with the Commission providing such information as the Commission may deem appropriate. The Commission shall notify each gas and electric utility prior to August 1 of each year concerning the information which is to be included in the report for that year.
    In no event shall any actions taken by a utility in compliance with this Section be deemed to abrogate or in any way interfere with the utility's rights to pursue the normal collection processes otherwise available to it.
    The Commission shall promulgate rules to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 92-690, eff. 7-18-02.)

220 ILCS 5/8-208

    (220 ILCS 5/8-208)
    Sec. 8-208. (a) The General Assembly finds that the availability of adequate, affordable housing bears a close relationship to efficient and reliable delivery of utility services and that the lack of affordable housing exacerbates difficulties in the delivery of electric services. It is further found that the meeting of electric public utility service obligations imposed under this Act can be attained by allocating certain resources to alleviating housing needs. It is declared to be the public policy of this State that prudent investments in or contributions to projects that foster the availability of adequate, affordable housing furthers the goals and objectives of this Act.
    (b) Beginning in calendar year 1994 and continuing through calendar year 2014, a public utility providing electric service to more than 1,000,000 customers in this State shall contribute, from retained earnings, each year $500,000 to the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund created by the Illinois Affordable Housing Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-83; 88-653, eff. 1-1-95.)

220 ILCS 5/8-209

    (220 ILCS 5/8-209)
    Sec. 8-209. Utility credit reporting. If a public utility reports a customer to a credit reporting agency for non-payment of an outstanding utility bill, then a public utility shall notify the credit reporting agency within 5 business days of any full payment made with certified funds or cash. For the purposes of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, certified funds means instruments that are guaranteed by the issuing institution or have cleared the issuing institution.
(Source: P.A. 97-821, eff. 1-1-13.)

220 ILCS 5/8-301

    (220 ILCS 5/8-301) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-301)
    Sec. 8-301. The Commission shall have power to ascertain, determine and fix for each kind of public utility suitable and convenient standard commercial units of service, product or commodity, which units shall be lawful units for the purposes of this Act; to ascertain, determine and fix adequate and serviceable standards for the measurements of quantity, quality, pressure, initial voltage or other condition pertaining to the performing of its service or to the furnishing of its product or commodity by any public utility, and to prescribe reasonable regulations for examining, measuring and testing such service, product or commodity, and to establish reasonable rules, regulations, specifications and standards to secure the accuracy of all meters and appliances for examining, measuring or testing such service, product or commodity. The Commission may purchase such materials, apparatus and standard measuring instruments as it deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this Section.
    The Commission shall provide for the inspection of the manner in which every public utility conforms to the reasonable regulations prescribed by the Commission for examining, measuring and testing its service, product or commodity, and the Commission may supplement such inspections by examining, measuring and testing the service, product or commodity of any public utility. Any consumer or user may have tested any appliance for examining, measuring or testing any such service, product or commodity upon payment of the fees fixed by the Commission. The Commission shall declare and establish reasonable fees to be paid for examining and testing such appliances on the request of consumers or users, the fee to be paid by the consumer or user at the time of his request, but to be repaid to the consumer or user by the public utility if the measuring appliance be found unreasonably defective or incorrect to the disadvantage of the consumer or user.
    The Commission, its officers, agents, experts or inspectors and employees shall have power to enter upon any premises occupied by any public utility for the purpose of making the examinations and tests provided in the Act, and set up and use on such premises, any apparatus and appliances and occupy reasonable space therefor.
    All fees collected by the Commission under this Section shall be paid promptly after the receipt of the same, accompanied by a detailed statement of the same, into the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-302

    (220 ILCS 5/8-302) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-302)
    Sec. 8-302. The Commission shall require that every public utility furnishing natural or artificial gas, electricity or water to the public, where the individual consumption is measured by meter, shall, upon written request of any consumer, cause the meter reader at the time of reading such consumer's meter to leave at such meter a card showing the present reading of the meter, the last previous reading, and the dates of such two readings.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-303

    (220 ILCS 5/8-303) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-303)
    Sec. 8-303. Where, within 30 days of receipt of a utility bill, a customer alleges that the level of consumption reflected in his utility bill is unreasonably high, it shall be the responsibility of the public utility furnishing natural or artificial gas, electricity or water to that customer to investigate the allegation. If as a result of such an investigation, the public utility determines that the customer's line has been tapped, the utility shall attempt to ascertain the identity of the third party benefiting from the usage of the utility service or for payment for all or part of the disputed charges. If the utility determines that the landlord of the building or his agent is the party who benefited from the usage of the utility service, either the utility or the customer may petition the court for the appointment of receiver to collect the rents due and to remit a portion to the utility company for payment of bills for the tapped service, for current bills and for any expenses incurred by the utility as a result of the tap. The receiver shall make all reasonable efforts, including the obtaining of court orders, to provide to the utility access to the building. Any changes in the building's piping which are necessitated by the tap shall be at the expense of the person benefiting from the tap.
    If the utility determines that the landlord of the building is not the party who benefited from the usage of the utility service, the customer shall be so notified and shall also be informed by the utility of a right to register a dispute pursuant to procedures developed by the Commission for resolution of disputed bills, including his right to bring a complaint before the Commission if an agreement with the utility cannot be reached.
    In order to enable the customer to ascertain whether the level of consumption is greater than the amounts billed in other billing periods and to eliminate to the fullest extent practicable consecutive estimated bills, the public utility shall make an actual meter reading at least every second billing period. If a meter reader is unable to gain access to the meter for the purpose of making an actual reading, the public utility shall take other appropriate and reasonable measures to read the meter.
    Nothing in this Section shall preclude either the customer or the public utility from filing a complaint with the State's Attorney located in the county where the utility service is being rendered to allege an unlawful theft of the customer's utility service.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-304

    (220 ILCS 5/8-304) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-304)
    Sec. 8-304. The Commission shall conduct a comprehensive study of the estimated billing practices and policies of each major public utility providing gas or electric service. The study shall include, but not be limited to:
    (a) an analysis of the extent to which estimated billing has occurred in each of the past 10 years and the extent to which it currently occurs and is expected to occur in the foreseeable future. Such analysis shall, to the fullest extent possible, include an examination of the circumstances in which estimated billing most frequently occurs, by time of year, geographical location, and customer class or group. Such analysis shall also specifically identify the frequency of consecutively estimated bills;
    (b) an analysis of the reasons for estimated billing in general, the reasons for any change over time in the frequency of estimated billing, and the reason for any higher than average frequency of estimated billing during certain times of year, in certain geographical areas, or for particular customer classes or groups;
    (c) an analysis of the method used to establish the amount of an estimated bill and the extent to which such method reflects changes in usage due to weather and customer conservation efforts;
    (d) an analysis of the extent to which the method used to establish the amount of an estimated bill accurately approximates actual usage and the extent to which estimated bills differ from actual usage and bills;
    (e) an analysis of the extent to which the frequency of estimated billing and any inaccuracies resulting from the method of establishing the amount of an estimated bill, including make-up billing, contribute to customers' unwillingness or inability to pay utility bills and the utility's inability to collect actual amounts due and owing;
    (f) identification of any and all means currently used to minimize the frequency of estimated bills and any inaccuracies in estimation methods, and a critical assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of such means;
    (g) identification of any incentives which exist and which tend to encourage or discourage the use of estimated billing by utilities;
    (h) identification and critical assessment of all alternative incentives and means by which the frequency of estimated billing and the inaccuracies of estimation procedures can be minimized, and estimation procedures improved, giving consideration to the cost to the utilities, including, but not limited to,
    (i) requiring the use of outside meters;
    (ii) requiring utilities to read meters monthly;
    (iii) requiring utilities to pay interest on the difference between an estimated bill and the actual amount due, where the customer pays the estimated bill, and the estimated bill exceeds the actual amount due for such period of time.
    The completed study shall be subject to hearing and comment. Thereafter, the Commission shall initiate rulemaking proceedings to promulgate such rules as it believes reasonable and necessary to ensure the minimization of the frequency of estimated billing and the increased accuracy of estimation procedures. The study shall also be provided to the General Assembly together with any specific recommendations for legislation which the Commission believes necessary or beneficial.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-305

    (220 ILCS 5/8-305)
    Sec. 8-305. Braille billing statements. Upon the request of a customer, a public utility that serves at least 50,000 customers shall furnish billing statements in braille.
(Source: P.A. 88-497.)

220 ILCS 5/8-306

    (220 ILCS 5/8-306)
    Sec. 8-306. Special provisions relating to water and sewer utilities.
    (a) No later than 120 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, the Commission shall prepare, make available to customers upon request, and post on its Internet web site information concerning the service obligations of water and sewer utilities and remedies that a customer may pursue for a violation of the customer's rights. The information shall specifically address the rights of a customer of a water or sewer utility in the following situations:
        (1) The customer's water meter is replaced.
        (2) The customer's bill increases by more than 50%
    
within one billing period.
        (3) The customer's water service is terminated.
        (4) The customer wishes to complain after receiving
    
a termination of service notice.
        (5) The customer is unable to make payment on a
    
billing statement.
        (6) A rate is filed, including without limitation a
    
surcharge or annual reconciliation filing, that will increase the amount billed to the customer.
        (7) The customer is billed for services provided
    
prior to the date covered by the billing statement.
        (8) The customer is due to receive a credit.
    Each billing statement issued by a water or sewer utility shall include an Internet web site address where the customer can view the information required under this subsection (a) and a telephone number that the customer may call to request a copy of the information.
    (b) A water or sewer utility may discontinue service only after it has mailed or delivered by other means a written notice of discontinuance substantially in the form of Appendix A of 83 Ill. Adm. Code 280. The notice must include the Internet web site address where the customer can view the information required under subsection (a) and a telephone number that the customer may call to request a copy of the information. Any notice required to be delivered or mailed to a customer prior to discontinuance of service shall be delivered or mailed separately from any bill. Service shall not be discontinued until at least 5 days after delivery or 8 days after the mailing of this notice. Service shall not be discontinued and shall be restored if discontinued for the reason which is the subject of a dispute or complaint during the pendency of informal or formal complaint procedures of the Illinois Commerce Commission under 83 Ill. Adm. Code 280.160 or 280.170, where the customer has complied with those rules. Service shall not be discontinued and shall be restored if discontinued where a customer has established a deferred payment agreement pursuant to 83 Ill. Adm. Code 280.110 and has not defaulted on such agreement. Residential customers who are indebted to a utility for past due utility service shall have the opportunity to make arrangements with the utility to retire the debt by periodic payments, referred to as a deferred payment agreement, unless this customer has failed to make payment under such a plan during the past 12 months. The terms and conditions of a reasonable deferred payment agreement shall be determined by the utility after consideration of the following factors, based upon information available from current utility records or provided by the customer or applicant:
        (1) size of the past due account;
        (2) customer or applicant's ability to pay;
        (3) customer or applicant's payment history;
        (4) reason for the outstanding indebtedness;
    
and
        (5) any other relevant factors relating to
    
the circumstances of the customer or applicant's service.
A residential customer shall pay a maximum of one-fourth of the amount past due and owing at the time of entering into the deferred payment agreement, and the water or sewer utility shall allow a minimum of 2 months from the date of the agreement and a maximum of 12 months for payment to be made under a deferred payment agreement. Late payment charges may be assessed against the amount owing that is the subject of a deferred payment agreement.
    (c) A water or sewer utility shall provide notice as required by subsection (a) of Section 9-201 after the filing of each information sheet under a purchased water surcharge, purchased sewage treatment surcharge, or qualifying infrastructure plant surcharge. The utility also shall post notice of the filing in accordance with the requirements of 83 Ill. Adm. Code 255. Unless filed as part of a general rate increase, notice of the filing of a purchased water surcharge rider, purchased sewage treatment surcharge rider, or qualifying infrastructure plant surcharge rider also shall be given in the manner required by this subsection (c) for the filing of information sheets.
    (d) Commission rules pertaining to formal and informal complaints against public utilities shall apply with full and equal force to water and sewer utilities and their customers, including provisions of 83 Ill. Adm. Code 280.170, and the Commission shall respond to each complaint by providing the consumer with a copy of the utility's response to the complaint and a copy of the Commission's review of the complaint and its findings. The Commission shall also provide the consumer with all available options for recourse.
    (e) Any refund shown on the billing statement of a customer of a water or sewer utility must be itemized and must state if the refund is an adjustment or credit.
    (f) Water service for building construction purposes. At the request of any municipality or township within the service area of a public utility that provides water service to customers within the municipality or township, a public utility must (1) require all water service used for building construction purposes to be measured by meter and subject to approved rates and charges for metered water service and (2) prohibit the unauthorized use of water taken from hydrants or service lines installed at construction sites.
    (g) Water meters.
        (1) Periodic testing. Unless otherwise approved by
    
the Commission, each service water meter shall be periodically inspected and tested in accordance with the schedule specified in 83 Ill. Adm. Code 600.340, or more frequently as the results may warrant, to insure that the meter accuracy is maintained within the limits set out in 83 Ill. Adm. Code 600.310.
        (2) Meter tests requested by customer.
            (A) Each utility furnishing metered water
        
service shall, without charge, test the accuracy of any meter upon request by the customer served by such meter, provided that the meter in question has not been tested by the utility or by the Commission within 2 years previous to such request. The customer or his or her representatives shall have the privilege of witnessing the test at the option of the customer. A written report, giving the results of the test, shall be made to the customer.
            (B) When a meter that has been in service less
        
than 2 years since its last test is found to be accurate within the limits specified in 83 Ill. Adm. Code 600.310, the customer shall pay a fee to the utility not to exceed the amounts specified in 83 Ill. Adm. Code 600.350(b). Fees for testing meters not included in this Section or so located that the cost will be out of proportion to the fee specified will be determined by the Commission upon receipt of a complete description of the case.
        (3) Commission referee tests. Upon written
    
application to the Commission by any customer, a test will be made of the customer's meter by a representative of the Commission. For such a test, a fee as provided for in subsection (g)(2) shall accompany the application. If the meter is found to be registering more than 1.5% fast on the average when tested as prescribed in 83 Ill. Adm. Code 600.310, the utility shall refund to the customer the amount of the fee. The utility shall in no way disturb the meter after a customer has made an application for a referee test until authority to do so is given by the Commission or the customer in writing.
    (h) Water and sewer utilities; low usage. Each public utility that provides water and sewer service must establish a unit sewer rate, subject to review by the Commission, that applies only to those customers who use less than 1,000 gallons of water in any billing period.
    (i) Water and sewer utilities; separate meters. Each public utility that provides water and sewer service must offer separate rates for water and sewer service to any commercial or residential customer who uses separate meters to measure each of those services. In order for the separate rate to apply, a combination of meters must be used to measure the amount of water that reaches the sewer system and the amount of water that does not reach the sewer system.
    (j) Each water or sewer public utility must disclose on each billing statement any amount billed that is for service provided prior to the date covered by the billing statement. The disclosure must include the dates for which the prior service is being billed. Each billing statement that includes an amount billed for service provided prior to the date covered by the billing statement must disclose the dates for which that amount is billed and must include a copy of the document created under subsection (a) and a statement of current Commission rules concerning unbilled or misbilled service.
    (k) When the customer is due a refund resulting from payment of an overcharge, the utility shall credit the customer in the amount of overpayment with interest from the date of overpayment by the customer. The rate for interest shall be at the appropriate rate determined by the Commission under 83 Ill. Adm. Code 280.70.
    (l) Water and sewer public utilities; subcontractors. The Commission shall adopt rules for water and sewer public utilities to provide notice to the customers of the proper kind of identification that a subcontractor must present to the customer, to prohibit a subcontractor from soliciting or receiving payment of any kind for any service provided by the water or sewer public utility or the subcontractor, and to establish sanctions for violations.
    (m) Water and sewer public utilities; unaccounted-for water. By December 31, 2006, each water public utility shall file tariffs with the Commission to establish the maximum percentage of unaccounted-for water that would be considered in the determination of any rates or surcharges. The rates or surcharges approved for a water public utility shall not include charges for unaccounted-for water in excess of this maximum percentage without well-documented support and justification for the Commission to consider in any request to recover charges in excess of the tariffed maximum percentage.
    (n) Rate increases; public forums. When any public utility providing water or sewer service proposes a general rate increase, in addition to other notice requirements, the water or sewer public utility must notify its customers of their right to request a public forum. A customer or group of customers must make written request to the Commission for a public forum and must also provide written notification of the request to the customer's municipal or, for unincorporated areas, township government. The Commission, at its discretion, may schedule the public forum. If it is determined that public forums are required for multiple municipalities or townships, the Commission shall schedule these public forums, in locations within approximately 45 minutes drive time of the municipalities or townships for which the public forums have been scheduled. The public utility must provide advance notice of 30 days for each public forum to the governing bodies of those units of local government affected by the increase. The day of each public forum shall be selected so as to encourage the greatest public participation. Each public forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. Reports and comments made during or as a result of each public forum must be made available to the hearing officials and reviewed when drafting a recommended or tentative decision, finding or order pursuant to Section 10-111 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-950, eff. 6-27-06.)

220 ILCS 5/8-401

    (220 ILCS 5/8-401) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-401)
    Sec. 8-401. Every public utility subject to this Act shall provide service and facilities which are in all respects adequate, efficient, reliable and environmentally safe and which, consistent with these obligations, constitute the least-cost means of meeting the utility's service obligations.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-402

    (220 ILCS 5/8-402) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-402)
    Sec. 8-402. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96. Repealed by P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

220 ILCS 5/8-402.1

    (220 ILCS 5/8-402.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-402.1)
    Sec. 8-402.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-173. Repealed by P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

220 ILCS 5/8-403

    (220 ILCS 5/8-403) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-403)
    Sec. 8-403. The Commission shall design and implement policies which encourage the economical utilization of cogeneration and small power production, as these terms are defined in Section 3-105, item (7) of subsection (b), including specifically, but not limited to, the cogeneration or production of heat, steam or electricity by municipal corporations or any other political subdivision of this State. No public utility shall discriminate in any way with respect to the conditions or price for provision of maintenance power, standby power and supplementary power as these terms are defined by current Commission rules, or for any other service. The prices charged by a utility for maintenance power, standby power, supplementary power and all other such services shall be cost-based and just and reasonable.
    The Commission shall conduct a study of procedures and policies to encourage the full and economical utilization of cogeneration and small power production including, but not limited to, (1) requiring utilities to pay full avoided costs, including long-term avoided capacity costs to cogenerators and small power producers and (2) requiring utilities to make available upon request of the State or a unit of local government, transmission and distribution services to transmit electrical energy produced by cogeneration or small power production facilities located in any structure or on any real property of the State or unit of local government to other locations of this State or a unit of local government. The Commission shall report on this study, with recommendation for legislative consideration, to the General Assembly by March 1, 1986.
(Source: P.A. 95-481, eff. 8-28-07.)

220 ILCS 5/8-403.1

    (220 ILCS 5/8-403.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-403.1)
    Sec. 8-403.1. Electricity purchased from qualified solid waste energy facility; tax credit; distributions for economic development.
    (a) It is hereby declared to be the policy of this State to encourage the development of alternate energy production facilities in order to conserve our energy resources and to provide for their most efficient use.
    (b) For the purpose of this Section and Section 9-215.1, "qualified solid waste energy facility" means a facility determined by the Illinois Commerce Commission to qualify as such under the Local Solid Waste Disposal Act, to use methane gas generated from landfills as its primary fuel, and to possess characteristics that would enable it to qualify as a cogeneration or small power production facility under federal law.
    (c) In furtherance of the policy declared in this Section, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall require electric utilities to enter into long-term contracts to purchase electricity from qualified solid waste energy facilities located in the electric utility's service area, for a period beginning on the date that the facility begins generating electricity and having a duration of not less than 10 years in the case of facilities fueled by landfill-generated methane, or 20 years in the case of facilities fueled by methane generated from a landfill owned by a forest preserve district. The purchase rate contained in such contracts shall be equal to the average amount per kilowatt-hour paid from time to time by the unit or units of local government in which the electricity generating facilities are located, excluding amounts paid for street lighting and pumping service.
    (d) Whenever a public utility is required to purchase electricity pursuant to subsection (c) above, it shall be entitled to credits in respect of its obligations to remit to the State taxes it has collected under the Electricity Excise Tax Law equal to the amounts, if any, by which payments for such electricity exceed (i) the then current rate at which the utility must purchase the output of qualified facilities pursuant to the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, less (ii) any costs, expenses, losses, damages or other amounts incurred by the utility, or for which it becomes liable, arising out of its failure to obtain such electricity from such other sources. The amount of any such credit shall, in the first instance, be determined by the utility, which shall make a monthly report of such credits to the Illinois Commerce Commission and, on its monthly tax return, to the Illinois Department of Revenue. Under no circumstances shall a utility be required to purchase electricity from a qualified solid waste energy facility at the rate prescribed in subsection (c) of this Section if such purchase would result in estimated tax credits that exceed, on a monthly basis, the utility's estimated obligation to remit to the State taxes it has collected under the Electricity Excise Tax Law. The owner or operator shall negotiate facility operating conditions with the purchasing utility in accordance with that utility's posted standard terms and conditions for small power producers. If the Department of Revenue disputes the amount of any such credit, such dispute shall be decided by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Whenever a qualified solid waste energy facility has paid or otherwise satisfied in full the capital costs or indebtedness incurred in developing and implementing the qualified solid waste energy facility, whenever the qualified solid waste energy facility ceases to operate and produce electricity from methane gas generated from landfills, or at the end of the contract entered into pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section, whichever occurs first, the qualified solid waste energy facility shall reimburse the Public Utility Fund and the General Revenue Fund in the State treasury for the actual reduction in payments to those Funds caused by this subsection (d) in a manner to be determined by the Illinois Commerce Commission and based on the manner in which revenues for those Funds were reduced. The payments shall be made to the Illinois Commerce Commission, which shall determine the appropriate disbursements to the Public Utility Fund and the General Revenue Fund based on this subsection (d).
    (e) The Illinois Commerce Commission shall not require an electric utility to purchase electricity from any qualified solid waste energy facility which is owned or operated by an entity that is primarily engaged in the business of producing or selling electricity, gas, or useful thermal energy from a source other than one or more qualified solid waste energy facilities.
    (e-5) A qualified solid waste energy facility may receive the purchase rate provided in subsection (c) of this Section only for kilowatt-hours generated by the use of methane gas generated from landfills. The purchase rate provided in subsection (c) of this Section does not apply to electricity generated by the use of a fuel that is not methane gas generated from landfills. If the Illinois Commerce Commission determines that a qualified solid waste energy facility has violated the requirement regarding the use of methane gas generated from a landfill as set forth in this subsection (e-5), then the Commission shall issue an order requiring that the qualified solid waste energy facility repay the State for all dollar amounts of electricity sales that are determined by the Commission to be the result of the violation. As part of that order, the Commission shall have the authority to revoke the facility's approval to act as a qualified solid waste energy facility granted by the Commission under this Section. If the amount owed by the qualified solid waste energy facility is not received by the Commission within 90 days after the date of the Commission's order that requires repayment, then the Commission shall issue an order that revokes the facility's approval to act as a qualified solid waste energy facility granted by the Commission under this Section. The Commission's action that vacates prior qualified solid waste energy facility approval does not excuse the repayment to the State treasury required by subsection (d) of this Section for utility tax credits accumulated up to the time of the Commission's action. A qualified solid waste energy facility must receive Commission approval before it may use any fuel in addition to methane gas generated from a landfill in order to generate electricity. If a qualified solid waste energy facility petitions the Commission to use any fuel in addition to methane gas generated from a landfill to generate electricity, then the Commission shall have the authority to do the following:
        (1) establish the methodology for determining the
    
amount of electricity that is generated by the use of methane gas generated from a landfill and the amount that is generated by the use of other fuel;
        (2) determine all reporting requirements for the
    
qualified solid waste energy facility that are necessary for the Commission to determine the amount of electricity that is generated by the use of methane gas from a landfill and the amount that is generated by the use of other fuel and the resulting payments to the qualified solid waste energy facility; and
        (3) require that the qualified solid waste energy
    
facility, at the qualified solid waste energy facility's expense, install metering equipment that the Commission determines is necessary to enforce compliance with this subsection (e-5).
    A public utility that is required to enter into a long-term purchase contract with a qualified solid waste energy facility has no duty to determine whether the electricity being purchased was generated by the use of methane gas generated from a landfill or was generated by the use of some other fuel in violation of the requirements of this subsection (e-5).
    (f) This Section does not require an electric utility to construct additional facilities unless those facilities are paid for by the owner or operator of the affected qualified solid waste energy facility.
    (g) The Illinois Commerce Commission shall require that: (1) electric utilities use the electricity purchased from a qualified solid waste energy facility to displace electricity generated from nuclear power or coal mined and purchased outside the boundaries of the State of Illinois before displacing electricity generated from coal mined and purchased within the State of Illinois, to the extent possible, and (2) electric utilities report annually to the Commission on the extent of such displacements.
    (h) Nothing in this Section is intended to cause an electric utility that is required to purchase power hereunder to incur any economic loss as a result of its purchase. All amounts paid for power which a utility is required to purchase pursuant to subparagraph (c) shall be deemed to be costs prudently incurred for purposes of computing charges under rates authorized by Section 9-220 of this Act. Tax credits provided for herein shall be reflected in charges made pursuant to rates so authorized to the extent such credits are based upon a cost which is also reflected in such charges.
    (i) Beginning in February 1999 and through January 2013, each qualified solid waste energy facility that sells electricity to an electric utility at the purchase rate described in subsection (c) shall file with the Department of Revenue on or before the 15th of each month a form, prescribed by the Department of Revenue, that states the number of kilowatt hours of electricity for which payment was received at that purchase rate from electric utilities in Illinois during the immediately preceding month. This form shall be accompanied by a payment from the qualified solid waste energy facility in an amount equal to six-tenths of a mill ($0.0006) per kilowatt hour of electricity stated on the form. Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly, a qualified solid waste energy facility must file the form required under this subsection (i) before the 15th of each month regardless of whether the facility received any payment in the previous month. Payments received by the Department of Revenue shall be deposited into the Municipal Economic Development Fund, a trust fund created outside the State treasury. The State Treasurer may invest the moneys in the Fund in any investment authorized by the Public Funds Investment Act, and investment income shall be deposited into and become part of the Fund. Moneys in the Fund shall be used by the State Treasurer as provided in subsection (j).
    Beginning on July 1, 2006 through January 31, 2013, each month the State Treasurer shall certify the following to the State Comptroller:
        (A) the amount received by the Department of Revenue
    
under this subsection (i) during the immediately preceding month; and
        (B) the amount received by the Department of Revenue
    
under this subsection (i) in the corresponding month in calendar year 2002.
As soon as practicable after receiving the certification from the State Treasurer, the State Comptroller shall transfer from the General Revenue Fund to the Municipal Economic Development Fund in the State treasury an amount equal to the amount by which the amount calculated under item (B) of this paragraph exceeds the amount calculated under item (A) of this paragraph, if any.
    The obligation of a qualified solid waste energy facility to make payments into the Municipal Economic Development Fund shall terminate upon either: (1) expiration or termination of a facility's contract to sell electricity to an electric utility at the purchase rate described in subsection (c); or (2) entry of an enforceable, final, and non-appealable order by a court of competent jurisdiction that Public Act 89-448 is invalid. Payments by a qualified solid waste energy facility into the Municipal Economic Development Fund do not relieve the qualified solid waste energy facility of its obligation to reimburse the Public Utility Fund and the General Revenue Fund for the actual reduction in payments to those Funds as a result of credits received by electric utilities under subsection (d).
    A qualified solid waste energy facility that fails to timely file the requisite form and payment as required by this subsection (i) shall be subject to penalties and interest in conformance with the provisions of the Illinois Uniform Penalty and Interest Act.
    Every qualified solid waste energy facility subject to the provisions of this subsection (i) shall keep and maintain records and books of its sales pursuant to subsection (c), including payments received from those sales and the corresponding tax payments made in accordance with this subsection (i), and for purposes of enforcement of this subsection (i) all such books and records shall be subject to inspection by the Department of Revenue or its duly authorized agents or employees.
    When a qualified solid waste energy facility fails to file the form or make the payment required under this subsection (i), the Department of Revenue, to the extent that it is practical, may enforce the payment obligation in a manner consistent with Section 5 of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act, and if necessary may impose and enforce a tax lien in a manner consistent with Sections 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 5g, and 5i of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. No tax lien may be imposed or enforced, however, unless a qualified solid waste energy facility fails to make the payment required under this subsection (i). Only to the extent necessary and for the purpose of enforcing this subsection (i), the Department of Revenue may secure necessary information from a qualified solid waste energy facility in a manner consistent with Section 10 of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act.
    All information received by the Department of Revenue in its administration and enforcement of this subsection (i) shall be confidential in a manner consistent with Section 11 of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. The Department of Revenue may adopt rules to implement the provisions of this subsection (i).
    For purposes of implementing the maximum aggregate distribution provisions in subsections (j) and (k), when a qualified solid waste energy facility makes a late payment to the Department of Revenue for deposit into the Municipal Economic Development Fund, that payment and deposit shall be attributed to the month and corresponding quarter in which the payment should have been made, and the Treasurer shall make retroactive distributions or refunds, as the case may be, whenever such late payments so require.
    (j) The State Treasurer, without appropriation, must make distributions immediately after January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15 of each year, up to maximum aggregate distributions of $500,000 for the distributions made in the 4 quarters beginning with the April distribution and ending with the January distribution, from the Municipal Economic Development Fund to each city, village, or incorporated town located in Cook County that has approved construction within its boundaries of an incinerator that will burn recovered wood processed for fuel to generate electricity and will commence operation after 2009. Total distributions in the aggregate to all qualified cities, villages, and incorporated towns in the 4 quarters beginning with the April distribution and ending with the January distribution shall not exceed $500,000. The amount of each distribution shall be determined pro rata based on the population of the city, village, or incorporated town compared to the total population of all cities, villages, and incorporated towns eligible to receive a distribution. Distributions received by a city, village, or incorporated town must be held in a separate account and may be used only to promote and enhance industrial, commercial, residential, service, transportation, and recreational activities and facilities within its boundaries, thereby enhancing the employment opportunities, public health and general welfare, and economic development within the community, including administrative expenditures exclusively to further these activities. Distributions may also be used for cleanup of open dumping from vacant properties and the removal of structures condemned by the city, village, or incorporated town. These funds, however, shall not be used by the city, village, or incorporated town, directly or indirectly, to purchase, lease, operate, or in any way subsidize the operation of any incinerator, and these funds shall not be paid, directly or indirectly, by the city, village, or incorporated town to the owner, operator, lessee, shareholder, or bondholder of any incinerator. Moreover, these funds shall not be used to pay attorneys fees in any litigation relating to the validity of Public Act 89-448. Nothing in this Section prevents a city, village, or incorporated town from using other corporate funds for any legitimate purpose. For purposes of this subsection, the term "municipal waste" has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 3.290 of the Environmental Protection Act.
    (k) If maximum aggregate distributions of $500,000 under subsection (j) have been made after the January distribution from the Municipal Economic Development Fund, then the balance in the Fund shall be refunded to the qualified solid waste energy facilities that made payments that were deposited into the Fund during the previous 12-month period. The refunds shall be prorated based upon the facility's payments in relation to total payments for that 12-month period.
    (l) Beginning January 1, 2000, and each January 1 thereafter, each city, village, or incorporated town that received distributions from the Municipal Economic Development Fund, continued to hold any of those distributions, or made expenditures from those distributions during the immediately preceding year shall submit to a financial and compliance and program audit of those distributions performed by the Auditor General at no cost to the city, village, or incorporated town that received the distributions. The audit should be completed by June 30 or as soon thereafter as possible. The audit shall be submitted to the State Treasurer and those officers enumerated in Section 3-14 of the Illinois State Auditing Act. If the Auditor General finds that distributions have been expended in violation of this Section, the Auditor General shall refer the matter to the Attorney General. The Attorney General may recover, in a civil action, 3 times the amount of any distributions illegally expended. For purposes of this subsection, the terms "financial audit," "compliance audit", and "program audit" have the meanings ascribed to them in Sections 1-13 and 1-15 of the Illinois State Auditing Act.
    (m) On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, beginning on the first date on which renewable energy certificates or other saleable representations are sold by a qualified solid waste energy facility, with or without the electricity generated by the facility, and utilized by an electric utility or another electric supplier to comply with a renewable energy portfolio standard mandated by Illinois law or mandated by order of the Illinois Commerce Commission, that qualified solid waste energy facility may not sell electricity pursuant to this Section and shall be exempt from the requirements of subsections (a) through (l) of this Section, except that it shall remain obligated for any reimbursements required under subsection (d) of this Section. All of the provisions of this Section shall remain in full force and effect with respect to any qualified solid waste energy facility that sold electric energy pursuant to this Section at any time before July 1, 2006 and that does not sell renewable energy certificates or other saleable representations to meet the requirements of a renewable energy portfolio standard mandated by Illinois law or mandated by order of the Illinois Commerce Commission.
    (n) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, beginning on July 1, 2006, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall not issue any order determining that a facility is a qualified solid waste energy facility unless the qualified solid waste energy facility was determined by the Illinois Commerce Commission to be a qualified solid waste energy facility before July 1, 2006. As a guide to the intent, interpretation, and application of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, it is hereby declared to be the policy of this State to honor each qualified solid waste energy facility contract in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly if the qualified solid waste energy facility continues to meet the requirements of this Section for the duration of its respective contract term.
(Source: P.A. 96-449, eff. 8-14-09.)

220 ILCS 5/8-404

    (220 ILCS 5/8-404) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-404)
    Sec. 8-404. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-812. Repealed by P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

220 ILCS 5/8-405

    (220 ILCS 5/8-405) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-405)
    Sec. 8-405. The Commission is authorized, to the extent consistent with its energy supply planning responsibilities and the energy supply planning objectives of this Act, to study strategic options for changing the structure of energy services markets when (a) such study is authorized by a vote of the full Commission; (b) the study findings are subject to full public hearings and opportunity for comment; and (c) the study findings and any findings from public hearings are fully reported to the General Assembly together with any recommendations adopted by a vote of the Commission concerning the need for legislative action.
    Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary the Commission shall not require or implement any system or means for the dispatch or brokering of power from a central location unless and until such action is recommended, after notice and hearing, by a majority vote of the entire Commission and expressly authorized by the General Assembly upon consideration of the Commission recommendation.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-405.1

    (220 ILCS 5/8-405.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-405.1)
    Sec. 8-405.1. The Commission, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources, shall study the feasibility of wheeling electricity in Illinois. Such study shall include, but not be limited to:
    (a) the potential effect of wheeling on electrical rates for all electrical customers;
    (b) the effects of wheeling on rural electric cooperatives and electrical suppliers in Illinois;
    (c) the authority of the State to mandate wheeling;
    (d) the impact on the obligation of public utilities to provide service in their service areas.
    The Commission shall report the findings of the study to the General Assembly no later than January 1, 1988.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

220 ILCS 5/8-406

    (220 ILCS 5/8-406) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-406)
    Sec. 8-406. Certificate of public convenience and necessity.
    (a) No public utility not owning any city or village franchise nor engaged in performing any public service or in furnishing any product or commodity within this State as of July 1, 1921 and not possessing a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Illinois Commerce Commission, the State Public Utilities Commission or the Public Utilities Commission, at the time this amendatory Act of 1985 goes into effect, shall transact any business in this State until it shall have obtained a certificate from the Commission that public convenience and necessity require the transaction of such business.
    (b) No public utility shall begin the construction of any new plant, equipment, property or facility which is not in substitution of any existing plant, equipment, property or facility or any extension or alteration thereof or in addition thereto, unless and until it shall have obtained from the Commission a certificate that public convenience and necessity require such construction. Whenever after a hearing the Commission determines that any new construction or the transaction of any business by a public utility will promote the public convenience and is necessary thereto, it shall have the power to issue certificates of public convenience and necessity. The Commission shall determine that proposed construction will promote the public convenience and necessity only if the utility demonstrates: (1) that the proposed construction is necessary to provide adequate, reliable, and efficient service to its customers and is the least-cost means of satisfying the service needs of its customers or that the proposed construction will promote the development of an effectively competitive electricity market that operates efficiently, is equitable to all customers, and is the least cost means of satisfying those objectives; (2) that the utility is capable of efficiently managing and supervising the construction process and has taken sufficient action to ensure adequate and efficient construction and supervision thereof; and (3) that the utility is capable of financing the proposed construction without significant adverse financial consequences for the utility or its customers.
    (c) After the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987, no construction shall commence on any new nuclear power plant to be located within this State, and no certificate of public convenience and necessity or other authorization shall be issued therefor by the Commission, until the Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency finds that the United States Government, through its authorized agency, has identified and approved a demonstrable technology or means for the disposal of high level nuclear waste, or until such construction has been specifically approved by a statute enacted by the General Assembly.
    As used in this Section, "high level nuclear waste" means those aqueous wastes resulting from the operation of the first cycle of the solvent extraction system or equivalent and the concentrated wastes of the subsequent extraction cycles or equivalent in a facility for reprocessing irradiated reactor fuel and shall include spent fuel assemblies prior to fuel reprocessing.
    (d) In making its determination, the Commission shall attach primary weight to the cost or cost savings to the customers of the utility. The Commission may consider any or all factors which will or may affect such cost or cost savings, including the public utility's engineering judgment regarding the materials used for construction.
    (e) The Commission may issue a temporary certificate which shall remain in force not to exceed one year in cases of emergency, to assure maintenance of adequate service or to serve particular customers, without notice or hearing, pending the determination of an application for a certificate, and may by regulation exempt from the requirements of this Section temporary acts or operations for which the issuance of a certificate will not be required in the public interest.
    A public utility shall not be required to obtain but may apply for and obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity pursuant to this Section with respect to any matter as to which it has received the authorization or order of the Commission under the Electric Supplier Act, and any such authorization or order granted a public utility by the Commission under that Act shall as between public utilities be deemed to be, and shall have except as provided in that Act the same force and effect as, a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued pursuant to this Section.
    No electric cooperative shall be made or shall become a party to or shall be entitled to be heard or to otherwise appear or participate in any proceeding initiated under this Section for authorization of power plant construction and as to matters as to which a remedy is available under The Electric Supplier Act.
    (f) Such certificates may be altered or modified by the Commission, upon its own motion or upon application by the person or corporation affected. Unless exercised within a period of 2 years from the grant thereof authority conferred by a certificate of convenience and necessity issued by the Commission shall be null and void.
    No certificate of public convenience and necessity shall be construed as granting a monopoly or an exclusive privilege, immunity or franchise.
    (g) A public utility that undertakes any of the actions described in items (1) through (3) of this subsection (g) or that has obtained approval pursuant to Section 8-406.1 of this Act shall not be required to comply with the requirements of this Section to the extent such requirements otherwise would apply. For purposes of this Section and Section 8-406.1 of this Act, "high voltage electric service line" means an electric line having a design voltage of 100,000 or more. For purposes of this subsection (g), a public utility may do any of the following:
        (1) replace or upgrade any existing high voltage
    
electric service line and related facilities, notwithstanding its length;
        (2) relocate any existing high voltage electric
    
service line and related facilities, notwithstanding its length, to accommodate construction or expansion of a roadway or other transportation infrastructure; or
        (3) construct a high voltage electric service line
    
and related facilities that is constructed solely to serve a single customer's premises or to provide a generator interconnection to the public utility's transmission system and that will pass under or over the premises owned by the customer or generator to be served or under or over premises for which the customer or generator has secured the necessary right of way.
(Source: P.A. 95-700, eff. 11-9-07; 96-1348, eff. 7-28-10.)

220 ILCS 5/8-406.1

    (220 ILCS 5/8-406.1)
    Sec. 8-406.1. Certificate of public convenience and necessity; expedited procedure.
    (a) A public utility may apply for a certificate of public convenience and necessity pursuant to this Section for the construction of any new high voltage electric service line and related facilities (Project). To facilitate the expedited review process of an application filed pursuant to this Section, an application shall include all of the following:
        (1) Information in support of the application that
    
shall include the following:
            (A) A detailed description of the Project,
        
including location maps and plot plans to scale showing all major components.
            (B) The following engineering data:
                (i) a detailed Project description including:
                    (I) name and destination of the Project;
                    (II) design voltage rating (kV);
                    (III) operating voltage rating (kV); and
                    (IV) normal peak operating current rating;
                (ii) a conductor, structures, and substations
            
description including:
                    (I) conductor size and type;
                    (II) type of structures;
                    (III) height of typical structures;
                    (IV) an explanation why these structures
                
were selected;
                    (V) dimensional drawings of the typical
                
structures to be used in the Project; and
                    (VI) a list of the names of all new (and
                
existing if applicable) substations or switching stations that will be associated with the proposed new high voltage electric service line;
                (iii) the location of the site and
            
right-of-way including:
                    (I) miles of right-of-way;
                    (II) miles of circuit;
                    (III) width of the right-of-way; and
                    (IV) a brief description of the area
                
traversed by the proposed high voltage electric service line, including a description of the general land uses in the area and the type of terrain crossed by the proposed line;
                (iv) assumptions, bases, formulae, and
            
methods used in the development and preparation of the diagrams and accompanying data, and a technical description providing the following information:
                    (I) number of circuits, with
                
identification as to whether the circuit is overhead or underground;
                    (II) the operating voltage and frequency;
                
and
                    (III) conductor size and type and number
                
of conductors per phase;
                (v) if the proposed interconnection is an
            
overhead line, the following additional information also must be provided:
                    (I) the wind and ice loading design
                
parameters;
                    (II) a full description and drawing of a
                
typical supporting structure, including strength specifications;
                    (III) structure spacing with typical
                
ruling and maximum spans;
                    (IV) conductor (phase) spacing; and
                    (V) the designed line-to-ground and
                
conductor-side clearances;
                (vi) if an underground or underwater
            
interconnection is proposed, the following additional information also must be provided:
                    (I) burial depth;
                    (II) type of cable and a description of
                
any required supporting equipment, such as insulation medium pressurizing or forced cooling;
                    (III) cathodic protection scheme; and
                    (IV) type of dielectric fluid and
                
safeguards used to limit potential spills in waterways;
                (vii) technical diagrams that provide
            
clarification of any item under this item (1) should be included; and
                (viii) applicant shall provide and identify a
            
primary right-of-way and one or more alternate rights-of-way for the Project as part of the filing. To the extent applicable, for each right-of-way, an applicant shall provide the information described in this subsection (a). Upon a showing of good cause in its filing, an applicant may be excused from providing and identifying alternate rights-of-way.
        (2) An application fee of $100,000, which shall be
    
paid into the Public Utility Fund at the time the Chief Clerk of the Commission deems it complete and accepts the filing.
        (3) Information showing that the utility has held a
    
minimum of 3 pre-filing public meetings to receive public comment concerning the Project in each county where the Project is to be located, no earlier than 6 months prior to the filing of the application. Notice of the public meeting shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the affected county once a week for 3 consecutive weeks, beginning no earlier than one month prior to the first public meeting. If the Project traverses 2 contiguous counties and where in one county the transmission line mileage and number of landowners over whose property the proposed route traverses is 1/5 or less of the transmission line mileage and number of such landowners of the other county, then the utility may combine the 3 pre-filing meetings in the county with the greater transmission line mileage and affected landowners. All other requirements regarding pre-filing meetings shall apply in both counties. Notice of the public meeting, including a description of the Project, must be provided in writing to the clerk of each county where the Project is to be located. A representative of the Commission shall be invited to each pre-filing public meeting.
    (b) At the first status hearing the administrative law judge shall set a schedule for discovery that shall take into consideration the expedited nature of the proceeding.
    (c) Nothing in this Section prohibits a utility from requesting, or the Commission from approving, protection of confidential or proprietary information under applicable law. The public utility may seek confidential protection of any of the information provided pursuant to this Section, subject to Commission approval.
    (d) The public utility shall publish notice of its application in the official State newspaper within 10 days following the date of the application's filing.
    (e) The public utility shall establish a dedicated website for the Project 3 weeks prior to the first public meeting and maintain the website until construction of the Project is complete. The website address shall be included in all public notices.
    (f) The Commission shall, after notice and hearing, grant a certificate of public convenience and necessity filed in accordance with the requirements of this Section if, based upon the application filed with the Commission and the evidentiary record, it finds the Project will promote the public convenience and necessity and that all of the following criteria are satisfied:
        (1) That the Project is necessary to provide
    
adequate, reliable, and efficient service to the public utility's customers and is the least-cost means of satisfying the service needs of the public utility's customers or that the Project will promote the development of an effectively competitive electricity market that operates efficiently, is equitable to all customers, and is the least cost means of satisfying those objectives.
        (2) That the public utility is capable of efficiently
    
managing and supervising the construction process and has taken sufficient action to ensure adequate and efficient construction and supervision of the construction.
        (3) That the public utility is capable of financing
    
the proposed construction without significant adverse financial consequences for the utility or its customers.
    (g) The Commission shall issue its decision with findings of fact and conclusions of law granting or denying the application no later than 150 days after the application is filed. The Commission may extend the 150-day deadline upon notice by an additional 75 days if, on or before the 30th day after the filing of the application, the Commission finds that good cause exists to extend the 150-day period.
    (h) In the event the Commission grants a public utility's application for a certificate pursuant to this Section, the public utility shall pay a one-time construction fee to each county in which the Project is constructed within 30 days after the completion of construction. The construction fee shall be $20,000 per mile of high voltage electric service line constructed in that county, or a proportionate fraction of that fee. The fee shall be in lieu of any permitting fees that otherwise would be imposed by a county. Counties receiving a payment under this subsection (h) may distribute all or portions of the fee to local taxing districts in that county.
    (i) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Act, a decision granting a certificate under this Section shall include an order pursuant to Section 8-503 of this Act authorizing or directing the construction of the high voltage electric service line and related facilities as approved by the Commission, in the manner and within the time specified in said order.
(Source: P.A. 96-1348, eff. 7-28-10.)

220 ILCS 5/8-407

    (220 ILCS 5/8-407) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-407)
    Sec. 8-407. (a) The Commission, after granting any certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a new electric generating facility, shall reevaluate the propriety and necessity for the certificate at least every 3 years and shall consider in the reevaluation any and all changes in the forecasts and circumstances relied upon in its initial decision to grant the certificate, including but not limited to, each criterion that is outlined in this Section as a precondition for the granting of a certificate and any changes in the energy plans for the utility and the State.
    (b) Whenever the Commission grants any certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a new electric generating facility, the Commission shall design and establish all procedures necessary for it to thoroughly and effectively evaluate, supervise, and monitor construction, and shall thereafter take all steps necessary to assure that construction is efficient and economical.
    The Commission shall have the power to conduct a construction cost audit at any time during construction, or to arrange for such an audit to be conducted by persons independent of the utility and selected by the Commission, whenever the Commission has cause to believe that such audit is necessary, or likely to be beneficial, to the efficiency or economy of construction. The cost of such an independent audit shall be borne initially by the utility, but shall be recovered as an expense through normal ratemaking procedures pursuant to this Act.
    (c) The Commission shall have the power to withdraw or alter any certificate of public convenience and necessity including any certificate granted for the construction of a new electric generating facility or a substantial alteration or addition to an existing generating facility where it determines that:
        (i) circumstances have changed so substantially that
    
continued construction is no longer necessary or beneficial to ratepayers; or
        (ii) the utility has failed to substantially comply
    
with the requirements and conditions of its certificate or subsequent Commission orders with respect to the construction process.
(Source: P.A. 87-959.)

220 ILCS 5/8-408

    (220 ILCS 5/8-408)
    Sec. 8-408. Energy efficiency plans for small multi-jurisdictional utilities.
    (a) Any electric or gas public utility with fewer than 200,000 customers in Illinois on January 1, 2007 that offers energy efficiency programs to its customers in a state adjacent to Illinois may seek the approval of the Commission to offer the same or comparable energy efficiency programs to its customers in Illinois. For each program to be offered, the utility shall submit to the Commission:
        (1) a description of the program;
        (2) a proposed implementation schedule and method;
        (3) the number of eligible participants;
        (4) the expected rate of participation per year;
        (5) the estimated annual peak demand and energy
    
savings;
        (6) the budget or level of spending; and
        (7) the rate impacts and average bill impacts, by
    
customer class, resulting from the program.
    The Commission shall approve each program demonstrated to be cost-effective. Programs for low-income customers shall be approved by the Commission even if they have not been demonstrated to be cost-effective if they are demonstrated to be reasonable. An order of the State agency that regulates the rates of the utility in the adjacent state that finds a program to be cost-effective or reasonable shall be sufficient to demonstrate that the program is cost-effective or reasonable for the utility's customers in Illinois. Approved programs may be delivered by the utility or by a contractor or agent of the utility.
    (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 9-201, a public utility providing approved energy efficiency programs in the State shall be permitted to recover the reasonable costs of those programs through an automatic adjustment clause tariff filed with and approved by the Commission. Each year the Commission shall initiate a review to reconcile any amounts collected with the actual costs and to determine the adjustment to the annual tariff factor to match annual expenditures. The determination shall be made within 90 days after the date of initiation of the review.
    (c) The utility may request a waiver of one or more components of an approved energy efficiency program at any time in order to improve the program's effectiveness. The Commission may grant the waiver if good cause is shown by the utility. Notwithstanding the cessation of the programs, a utility shall file a final reconciliation of the amounts collected as compared to the actual costs and shall continue the resulting factor until any over-recovery or under-recovery approaches zero.
    (d) A public utility that offers approved energy efficiency programs in the State may do so through at least December 31, 2012. The Commission shall monitor the performance of the energy efficiency programs and, on or before October 31, 2012, the Commission shall make a determination regarding whether the programs should be continued beyond calendar year 2012. The Commission shall also file a written report with the General Assembly explaining the basis for that determination and detailing the results of the energy efficiency programs, including energy savings, participation numbers, and costs.
(Source: P.A. 95-660, eff. 1-1-08.)

220 ILCS 5/8-501

    (220 ILCS 5/8-501) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-501)
    Sec. 8-501. Whenever the Commission, after a hearing had upon its own motion or upon complaint, shall find that the rules, regulations, practices, equipment, appliances, facilities or service of any public utility, or the methods of manufacture, distribution, transmission, storage or supply employed by it, are unjust, unreasonable, unsafe, improper, inadequate or insufficient, the Commission shall determine the just, reasonable, safe, proper, adequate or sufficient rules, regulations, practices, equipment, appliances, facilities, service or methods to be observed, furnished, constructed, enforced or employed and it shall fix the same by its order, decision, rule or regulation. The Commission shall prescribe rules and regulations for the performance of any service or the furnishing of any commodity of the character furnished or supplied by any public utility.
    Whenever the Commission shall determine, after a hearing, that the public convenience and necessity requires that interconnection or extension of intrastate gas distribution or transmission pipelines or facilities is necessary to insure that natural gas service is made available to Illinois natural gas customers at rates which are just and reasonable, the Commission shall determine the interconnection or extension of pipelines or facilities which is necessary to provide such service and shall direct that such facilities be established, according to a schedule set by the Commission. The Commission shall direct that any utility supplying natural gas for such interconnection or extension of intrastate gas distribution or transmission pipelines or facilities shall recover all costs and charges related to the interconnection or extension from the utility receiving such gas at no increased cost to the customers of any utility supplying the gas. The Commission is directed to report to the General Assembly by September 20, 1984, detailing its findings and the steps which it has taken to provide for such intrastate interconnections or extensions.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-501.5

    (220 ILCS 5/8-501.5)
    Sec. 8-501.5. Employees and independent contractors; background checks.
    (a) Before hiring an employee or independent contractor to perform work involving facilities used for the distribution of natural gas to customers, a public utility shall, in accordance with Commission rules, require the proposed employee or independent contractor to complete a certificate listing the proposed employee's or contractor's violations of pertinent safety or environmental laws.
    (b) The Commission shall adopt rules establishing the requirements for the certificates referred to in subsection (a).
(Source: P.A. 92-71, eff. 7-12-01.)

220 ILCS 5/8-502

    (220 ILCS 5/8-502) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-502)
    Sec. 8-502. Whenever the Commission, after a hearing had upon its own motion or upon complaint, shall find that public convenience and necessity require the use by one public utility of the conduits, subways, wires, poles, pipes or other property or equipment, or any part thereof, on, over or under any street or highway, belonging to another public utility, and that such use will not prevent the owner or other users thereof from performing their public duties nor result in irreparable injury to such owner or other users of such conduits, subways, wires, poles, pipes or other property or equipment, or in any substantial detriment to the service, and that such public utilities have failed to agree upon such use or the terms and conditions or compensation for the same, the Commission may, by order, direct that such use be permitted and prescribe a reasonable compensation and reasonable terms and conditions for such joint use. If such use be directed, the public utility to whom the use is permitted shall be liable to the owner or other users of such conduits, subways, wires, poles, pipes or other property or equipment, for such damage as may result therefrom to the property of such owner or other users thereof.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

220 ILCS 5/8-503

    (220 ILCS 5/8-503) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-503)
    Sec. 8-503. Whenever the Commission, after a hearing, shall find that additions, extensions, repairs or improvements to, or changes in, the existing plant, equipment, apparatus, facilities or other physical property of any public utility or of any 2 or more public utilities are necessary and ought reasonably to be made or that a new structure or structures is or are necessary and should be erected, to promote the security or convenience of its employees or the public or promote the development of an effectively competitive electricity market, or in any other way to secure adequate service or facilities, the Commission shall make and serve an order authorizing or directing that such additions, extensions, repairs, improvements or changes be made, or such structure or structures be erected at the location, in the manner and within the time specified in said order; provided, however, that the Commission shall have no authority to order the construction, addition or extension of any electric generating plant unless the public utility requests a certificate for the construction of the plant pursuant to Section 8-406 and in conjunction with such request also requests the entry of an order under this Section. If any additions, extensions, repairs, improvements or changes, or any new structure or structures, which the Commission has authorized or ordered to be erected, require joint action by 2 or more public utilities, the Commission shall notify the said public utilities that such additions, extensions, repairs, improvements or changes or new structure or structures have been authorized or ordered and that the same shall be made at the joint cost whereupon the said public utilities shall have such reasonable time as the Commission may grant within which to agree upon the apportionment or division of cost of such additions, extensions, repairs, improvements or changes or new structure or structures, which each shall bear. If at the expiration of such time such public utilities shall fail to file with the Commission a statement that an agreement has been made for a division or apportionment of the cost or expense of such additions, extensions, repairs, improvements or changes, or new structure or structures, the Commission shall have authority, after further hearing, to make an order fixing the proportion of such cost or expense to be borne by each public utility and the manner in which the same shall be paid or secured.
    Nothing in this Act shall prevent the Commission, upon its own motion or upon petition, from ordering, after a hearing, the extension, construction, connection or interconnection of plant, equipment, pipe, line, facilities or other physical property of a public utility in whatever configuration the Commission finds necessary to ensure that natural gas is made available to consumers at no increased cost to the customers of the utility supplying the gas.
    Whenever the Commission finds, after a hearing, that the public convenience or necessity requires it, the Commission may order public utilities subject to its jurisdiction to work jointly (1) for the purpose of purchasing and distributing natural gas or gas substitutes, provided it shall not increase the cost of gas to the customers of the participating utilities, or (2) for any other reasonable purpose.
(Source: P.A. 95-700, eff. 11-9-07.)

220 ILCS 5/8-504

    (220 ILCS 5/8-504) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-504)
    Sec. 8-504. The Commission is authorized to make rules and regulations concerning the conditions to be contained in and become a part of contracts for public utility services, and any and all services concerning the same, or connected therewith.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-505

    (220 ILCS 5/8-505) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-505)
    Sec. 8-505. The Commission shall have power, after a hearing or without a hearing as provided in this Section and upon its own motion, or upon complaint, by general or special orders, rules or regulations, or otherwise, to require every public utility to maintain and operate its plant, equipment or other property in such manner as to promote and safeguard the health and safety of its employees, customers, and the public, and to this end to prescribe, among other things, the installation, use, maintenance and operation of appropriate safety or other devices or appliances, to establish uniform or other standards of equipment, and to require the performance of any other act which the health or safety of its employees, customers or the public may demand.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1025.)

220 ILCS 5/8-505.1

    (220 ILCS 5/8-505.1)
    Sec. 8-505.1. Non-emergency vegetation management activities.
    (a) Except as provided in subsections (b), (c), and (d), in conducting its non-emergency vegetation management activities, an electric public utility shall:
        (1) Follow the most current tree care and maintenance
    
standard practices set forth in ANSI A300 published by the American National Standards Institute and the most current applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations regarding worker safety.
        (2) Provide direct notice of vegetation management
    
activities no less than 21 days nor more than 90 days before the activities begin.
            (A) If the vegetation management activities will
        
occur in an incorporated municipality, the notice must be given to the mayor or his or her designee.
            (B) If the vegetation management activities will
        
occur in an unincorporated area, the notice must be given to the chairman of the county board or his or her designee.
            (C) Affected customers shall be notified directly.
            (D) Affected property owners shall be notified by
        
a published notice in a newspaper or newspapers in general circulation and widely distributed within the entire area in which the vegetation management activities notice will occur.
            (E) Circuit maps or a description by common
        
address of the area to be affected by vegetation management activities must accompany any notice to a mayor or his or her designee or to a chairman of a county board or his or her designee.
        The electric public utility giving the direct and
    
published notices required in this subsection (a)(2) shall provide notified customers and property owners with (i) a statement of the vegetation management activities planned, (ii) the address of a website and a toll-free telephone number at which a written disclosure of all dispute resolution opportunities and processes, rights, and remedies provided by the electric public utility may be obtained, (iii) a statement that the customer and the property owner may appeal the planned vegetation management activities through the electric public utility and the Illinois Commerce Commission, (iv) a toll-free telephone number through which communication may be had with a representative of the electric public utility regarding the vegetation management activities, and (v) the telephone number of the Consumer Affairs Officer of the Illinois Commerce Commission. The notice shall also include a statement that circuit maps and common addresses of the area to be affected by the vegetation management activities are on file with the office of the mayor of an affected municipality or his or her designee and the office of the county board chairman of an affected county or his or her designee.
    The Commission shall have sole authority to investigate, issue, and hear complaints against the utility under this subsection (a).
    (b) A public utility shall not be required to comply with the requirements of subsection (d) or of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) when it is taking actions directly related to an emergency to restore reliable service after interruptions of service.
    (c) A public utility shall not be required to comply with the requirements of subsection (a) or (d) if there is a franchise, contract, or written agreement between the public utility and the municipality or county mandating specific vegetation management practices. If the franchise, contract, or written agreement between the public utility and the municipality or county establishes requirements for notice to the municipality, county, customers, and property owners, those notice requirements shall control over the notice requirements of paragraph (2) of subsection (a). If the franchise, contract, or written agreement between the public utility and the municipality or county does not establish notice requirements, the notice requirements contained in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) shall control.
    (d) If no franchise, contract, or written agreement between a utility and a municipality mandates a specific vegetation management practice and the municipality enacts an ordinance establishing standards for non-emergency vegetation management practices that are contrary to the standards established by this Section and the vegetation management activities of the electric public utility cost substantially more, as a direct consequence, then the electric public utility may, before vegetation management activities begin, apply to the municipality for an agreement to pay the additional cost. When an application for an agreement is made to the municipality, no vegetation management activities shall begin until the municipality responds to the application by agreement or rejection or dispute resolution proceedings are completed. The application shall be supported by a detailed specification of the difference between the standards established by this Section and the contrary standards established by the municipal ordinances and by a good faith bid or proposal obtained from a utility contractor or contractors quantifying the additional cost for performing the specification. When the municipality receives the specification and the utility contractor's bid or proposal, the municipality shall agree, reject, or initiate dispute resolution proceedings regarding the application within 90 days after the application's receipt. If the municipality does not act within 90 days or informs the utility that it will not agree, the electric public utility may proceed and need not comply with the contrary ordinance standard. When there is a dispute regarding (i) the accuracy of the specification, (ii) whether there is a conflict with the standards established by this Section, or (iii) any aspect of the bid or proposal process, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall hear and resolve the disputed matter or matters, with the electric public utility having the burden of proof. A municipality may have a person trained in tree care and maintenance generally monitor and discuss with the vegetation management supervisory personnel of the electric public utility the performance of the public utility's vegetation management activities without any claim for costs hereunder by the public utility arising therefrom.
    The provisions of this Section shall not in any way diminish or replace other civil or administrative remedies available to a customer or class of customers or a property owner or class of property owners under this Act. This Section does not alter the jurisdiction of the Illinois Commerce Commission in any manner except to obligate the Commission to investigate, issue, and hear complaints against an electric public utility as provided in subsection (a)(2) and to hear and resolve disputed matters brought to it as provided in this subsection. Vegetation management activities by an electric public utility shall not alter, trespass upon, or limit the rights of any property owner.
(Source: P.A. 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

220 ILCS 5/8-505.5

    (220 ILCS 5/8-505.5)
    Sec. 8-505.5. Work on natural gas regulator or manometer. The Commission shall require, under such rules as it may prescribe, a public utility that is performing work on a natural gas regulator or manometer containing mercury that is used to provide natural gas service to test the immediate area around the regulator or manometer for mercury before and after work is performed using testing instruments of the type approved by the Commission. Copies of the test results, if requested, shall be provided to the occupant or owner of the property upon which the regulator or manometer is located at the time the work is performed. The test results shall be available for inspection by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 92-71, eff. 7-12-01.)

220 ILCS 5/8-506

    (220 ILCS 5/8-506) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-506)
    Sec. 8-506. Whenever the Commission, after a hearing had upon its own motion or upon complaint, shall determine that public convenience and necessity require a physical connection for the establishment of a continuous line of communication between any 2 or more public utilities for the conveyance of messages or conversations, the Commission may, by order, require that such connection be made. If such public utilities do not agree upon the division between them of the cost of such physical connection or connections, the Commission shall have authority, after further hearing, to establish such division by supplemental order.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/8-507

    (220 ILCS 5/8-507) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-507)
    Sec. 8-507. Every public utility shall file with the Commission, under such rules and regulations as the Commission may prescribe, a report of every accident occurring to or on its plant, equipment, or other property of such a nature to endanger the safety, health or property of any person. Whenever any accident occasions the loss of life or limb to any person, such public utility shall immediately give notice to the Commission of the fact by the speediest means of communication, whether telephone, telegraph or post.
    The Commission shall investigate all accidents occurring within this State upon the property of any public utility or directly or indirectly arising from or connected with its maintenance or operation, resulting in loss of life or injury to person or property and requiring, in the judgment of the Commission, investigation by it, and shall have the power to make such order or recommendation with respect thereto as in its judgment may seem just and reasonable. Neither the order or recommendation of the Commission nor any accident report filed with the Commission shall be admitted in evidence in any action for damages based on or arising out of the loss of life, or injury to person or property, in this Section referred to.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1025.)

220 ILCS 5/8-508

    (220 ILCS 5/8-508) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-508)
    Sec. 8-508. Except as provided in Section 12-306, no public utility shall abandon or discontinue any service or, in the case of an electric utility, make any modification as herein defined, without first having secured the approval of the Commission, except in case of assignment, transfer, lease or sale of the whole or any part of its franchises, licenses, permits, plant, equipment, business, or other property to any political subdivision or municipal corporation of this State. In the case of the assignment, transfer, lease or sale, in whole or in part, of any franchise, license, permit, plant, equipment, business or other property to any political subdivision or municipal corporation of this State, the public utility shall notify the Commission of such transaction. "Modification" as used in this Section means any change of fuel type which would result in an annual net systemwide decreased use of 10% or more of coal mined in Illinois. The Commission shall conduct public hearings on any request by a public utility to make such modification and shall accept testimony from interested parties qualified to provide evidence regarding the cost or cost savings of the proposed modification as compared with the cost or cost savings of alternative actions by the utility and shall consider the impact on employment related to the production of coal in Illinois. Such hearings shall be commenced no later than 30 days after the filing of the request by the public utility and shall be concluded within 120 days from the date of filing. The Commission must issue its final determination within 60 days of the conclusion of the hearing. In making its determination the Commission shall attach primary weight to the cost or cost savings to the customers of the utility. In granting its approval, the Commission may impose such terms, conditions or requirements as in its judgment are necessary to protect the public interest. Provided, however, that any public utility abandoning or discontinuing service in pursuance of authority granted by the Commission shall be deemed to have waived any and all objections to the terms, conditions or requirements imposed by the Commission in that regard. Provided, further, that nothing in this Section shall be construed to limit the right of a public utility to discontinue service to individual patrons in accordance with the effective rules, regulations, and practices of such public utility.
    The Commission, after a hearing upon its own motion or upon petition of any public utility, shall have power by order to authorize or require any public utility to curtail or discontinue service to individual customers or classes thereof, or for specific purposes or uses, and otherwise to regulate the furnishing of service, provided that preference for service shall be given to those customers serving essential human needs and governmental agencies performing law enforcement functions, whenever and to the extent such action is required by the convenience and necessity of the public during time of war, invasion, insurrection or martial law, or by reason of a catastrophe, emergency, or shortage of fuel, supplies or equipment employed or service furnished by such public utility; provided, however, that an interim order, effective for a period not exceeding 15 days, may be made without a hearing if the circumstances do not reasonably permit the holding of a hearing. Orders for the curtailment or discontinuance of service pursuant to this paragraph shall not be continued in effect for any period beyond that which is reasonably necessary, shall be vacated by the Commission as soon as public convenience and necessity permit, and shall include such arrangements for substitute service in the interim as the Commission in its judgment may impose. Every such order, during the period it is in effect and for such further period, if any, as the Commission may provide, shall have the effect of suspending the operation of all prior orders or parts of orders of the Commission inconsistent therewith. No public utility shall be held liable for any damage resulting from any action taken, or any omission to act, pursuant to or in compliance with any order under this paragraph for the curtailment or discontinuance of service unless such order was procured by the fraud of the public utility.
(Source: P.A. 87-173.)

220 ILCS 5/8-508.1

    (220 ILCS 5/8-508.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-508.1)
    Sec. 8-508.1. (a) As used in this Section:
    (1) "Decommissioning" means the series of activities undertaken at the time a nuclear power plant is permanently retired from service to ensure that the final entombment, decontamination, dismantlement, removal and disposal of the plant, including the plant site, and of any radioactive components and materials associated with the plant, is accomplished in compliance with all applicable Illinois and federal laws, and to ensure that such final disposition does not pose any threat to the public health and safety.
    (2) "Decommissioning costs" means all reasonable costs and expenses incurred in connection with the entombment, decontamination, dismantlement, removal and disposal of the structures, systems and components of a nuclear power plant at the time of decommissioning, including all expenses to be incurred in connection with the preparation for decommissioning, such as engineering and other planning expenses, and to be incurred after the actual decommissioning occurs, such as physical security and radiation monitoring expenses, less proceeds of insurance, salvage or resale of machinery, construction equipment or apparatus the cost of which was charged as a decommissioning expense.
    (3) "Decommissioning trust" or "trust" means a fiduciary account in a bank or other financial institution established to hold the decommissioning funds provided pursuant to subsection (b)(2) of this Section for the eventual purpose of paying decommissioning costs, which shall be separate from all other accounts and assets of the public utility establishing the trust.
    (4) "Nuclear power plant" or "plant" means a nuclear fission thermal power plant. Each unit of a multi-unit site shall be considered a separate plant.
    (b) By 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1988, or by the date that the unit satisfies the criteria used by the Internal Revenue Service for determining when depreciation commences for federal income tax purposes on a new generating unit, whichever is later, every public utility that owns or operates, in whole or in part, a nuclear power plant shall:
    (1) establish 2 decommissioning trusts, which shall be a "tax qualified" decommissioning trust and a "non-tax qualified" decommissioning trust and shall hold the decommissioning funds established by the public utility for all nuclear power plants pursuant to subsection (b)(2) of this Section;
    (2) establish 2 decommissioning funds for each such plant, each of which shall be held for a plant as a separate account in a decommissioning trust; and
    (3) designate an independent trustee, subject to the approval of the Commission, to administer each of the decommissioning trusts.
    (c) The 2 decommissioning trusts shall be known as the "tax qualified" decommissioning trust and the "non-tax qualified" decommissioning trust respectively. Each trust shall be established and maintained as follows:
    (1) The "tax qualified" trust shall be established and maintained in accordance with Section 468A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor thereto and shall be funded by the public utility for each such power plant through annual payments by the public utility that shall not exceed the maximum amount allowable as a deduction for federal income tax purposes for the year for which the payments were made, in accordance with Section 468A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor thereto.
    (2) The "non-tax qualified" decommissioning trust shall be funded by the public utility for each such power plant through annual payments by the public utility that shall consist of the difference between the total amounts of decommissioning expenses collected after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1988 through rates and charges from the public utility's customers as provided by the Commission minus the amounts contributed to the "tax qualified" trust as provided by subsection (c)(1) of this Section and deductible for federal income tax purposes in accordance with Section 468A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor thereto.
    (3) The following restrictions shall apply in regard to administration of each decommissioning trust:
    (i) Distributions may be made from a nuclear decommissioning trust only to satisfy the liabilities of the public utility for nuclear decommissioning costs relating to the nuclear power plant for which the decommissioning fund was established and to pay administrative costs, income taxes and other incidental expenses of the trust.
    (ii) Any assets in a nuclear decommissioning trust that exceed the amount necessary to pay the nuclear decommissioning costs of the nuclear power plant for which the decommissioning fund was established shall be refunded to the public utility that established the fund for the purpose of refunds or credits, as soon as practicable, to the utility's customers.
    (iii) In the event a public utility sells or otherwise disposes of its direct ownership interest, or any part thereof, in a nuclear power plant with respect to which a nuclear decommissioning fund has been established, the assets of the fund shall be distributed to the public utility to the extent of the reductions in its liability for future decommissioning after taking into account the liabilities of the public utility for future decommissioning of such nuclear power plant and the liabilities that have been assumed by another entity. The public utility shall, as soon as practicable, provide refunds or credits to its customers representing the full amount of the reductions in its liability for future decommissioning.
    (iv) The trustee shall invest the "tax qualified" trust assets only in secure assets that are prudent investments for assets held in trust and in such a way as to attempt to maximize the after-tax return on funds invested, subject to the limitations specified in Section 468A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor thereto.
    (v) The trustee shall invest the "non-tax qualified" trust assets only in secure assets that are prudent investments for assets held in trust and in such a way as to attempt to maximize the after-tax return on funds invested. However the trustee shall not invest any portion of the "non-tax qualified" trust's funds in the securities or assets of any operator of a nuclear power plant.
    (vi) The "non-tax qualified" trust shall be subject to the prohibitions against self-dealing applicable to the "tax qualified" trust as specified in Section 468A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any successor thereto.
    (vii) All income earned by the trust's funds shall become a part of the trust's funds and subject to the provisions of this Section.
    (viii) The Commission may adopt by rule or regulation such further restrictions as it deems necessary for the sound management of the trust's funds, consistent with the purposes of this Section.
    (d) By 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1988, the Commission shall determine an appropriate method to segregate, either internally or externally, all decommissioning funds collected prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1988 by the utility from its customers, and shall order any change in past decommissioning funding methods that the Commission finds necessary. In making its determination of the appropriate funding method, the Commission shall give consideration to, but not be limited by, all applicable federal regulations. The change in funding method shall be phased-in over an appropriate period of time.
    (e) The trustee of a trust shall report annually to the Commission, or more frequently if ordered by the Commission. The report shall include:
    (1) the trust's State and federal tax returns;
    (2) a report on the trust's portfolio of investments and the return thereon;
    (3) the date and amount of payments received by the trust from the public utility;
    (4) a copy of all correspondence between the trust and the Internal Revenue Service; and
    (5) any other information the Commission orders the trust to provide.
    (f) A nuclear decommissioning trust established pursuant to this Section shall be exempt from taxation in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 85-1400.)

220 ILCS 5/8-509

    (220 ILCS 5/8-509) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-509)
    Sec. 8-509. When necessary for the construction of any alterations, additions, extensions or improvements ordered or authorized under Section 8-406.1, 8-503, or 12-218 of this Act, any public utility may enter upon, take or damage private property in the manner provided for by the law of eminent domain. If a public utility seeks relief under this Section in the same proceeding in which it seeks a certificate of public convenience and necessity under Section 8-406.1 of this Act, the Commission shall enter its order under this Section either as part of the Section 8-406.1 order or at the same time it enters the Section 8-406.1 order. If a public utility seeks relief under this Section after the Commission enters its order in the Section 8-406.1 proceeding, the Commission shall issue its order under this Section within 45 days after the utility files its petition under this Section.
    This Section applies to the exercise of eminent domain powers by telephone companies or telecommunications carriers only when the facilities to be constructed are intended to be used in whole or in part for providing one or more intrastate telecommunications services classified as "noncompetitive" under Section 13-502 in a tariff filed by the condemnor. The exercise of eminent domain powers by telephone companies or telecommunications carriers in all other cases shall be governed solely by "An Act relating to the powers, duties and property of telephone companies", approved May 16, 1903, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 96-1348, eff. 7-28-10.)

220 ILCS 5/8-509.5

    (220 ILCS 5/8-509.5)
    Sec. 8-509.5. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

220 ILCS 5/8-510

    (220 ILCS 5/8-510) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-510)
    Sec. 8-510. Land surveys and land use studies. For the purpose of making land surveys and land use studies, any public utility that has been granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity by, or received an order under Section 8-503 or 8-406.1 of this Act from, the Commission may, 30 days after providing written notice to the owner thereof by registered mail, enter upon the property of any owner who has refused permission for entrance upon that property, but subject to responsibility for all damages which may be inflicted thereby.
(Source: P.A. 96-1348, eff. 7-28-10.)

220 ILCS 5/8-511

    (220 ILCS 5/8-511)
    Sec. 8-511. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-37, eff. 7-13-09. Repealed by P.A. 96-40, eff. 7-13-09.)