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UTILITIES
(220 ILCS 5/) Public Utilities Act.

220 ILCS 5/Art. I

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. I heading)
ARTICLE I. TITLE AND PURPOSE

220 ILCS 5/1-101

    (220 ILCS 5/1-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1-101)
    Sec. 1-101. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Public Utilities Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475.)

220 ILCS 5/1-102

    (220 ILCS 5/1-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1-102)
    Sec. 1-102. Findings and Intent. The General Assembly finds that the health, welfare and prosperity of all Illinois citizens require the provision of adequate, efficient, reliable, environmentally safe and least-cost public utility services at prices which accurately reflect the long-term cost of such services and which are equitable to all citizens. It is therefore declared to be the policy of the State that public utilities shall continue to be regulated effectively and comprehensively. It is further declared that the goals and objectives of such regulation shall be to ensure
        (a) Efficiency: the provision of reliable energy
    
services at the least possible cost to the citizens of the State; in such manner that:
            (i) physical, human and financial resources are
        
allocated efficiently;
            (ii) all supply and demand options are considered
        
and evaluated using comparable terms and methods in order to determine how utilities shall meet their customers' demands for public utility services at the least cost;
            (iii) utilities are allowed a sufficient return
        
on investment so as to enable them to attract capital in financial markets at competitive rates;
            (iv) tariff rates for the sale of various public
        
utility services are authorized such that they accurately reflect the cost of delivering those services and allow utilities to recover the total costs prudently and reasonably incurred;
            (v) variation in costs by customer class and time
        
of use is taken into consideration in authorizing rates for each class.
        (b) Environmental Quality: the protection of the
    
environment from the adverse external costs of public utility services so that
            (i) environmental costs of proposed actions
        
having a significant impact on the environment and the environmental impact of the alternatives are identified, documented and considered in the regulatory process;
            (ii) the prudently and reasonably incurred costs
        
of environmental controls are recovered.
        (c) Reliability: the ability of utilities to provide
    
consumers with public utility services under varying demand conditions in such manner that suppliers of public utility services are able to provide service at varying levels of economic reliability giving appropriate consideration to the costs likely to be incurred as a result of service interruptions, and to the costs of increasing or maintaining current levels of reliability consistent with commitments to consumers.
        (d) Equity: the fair treatment of consumers and
    
investors in order that
            (i) the public health, safety and welfare shall
        
be protected;
            (ii) the application of rates is based on public
        
understandability and acceptance of the reasonableness of the rate structure and level;
            (iii) the cost of supplying public utility
        
services is allocated to those who cause the costs to be incurred;
            (iv) if factors other than cost of service are
        
considered in regulatory decisions, the rationale for these actions is set forth;
            (v) regulation allows for orderly transition
        
periods to accommodate changes in public utility service markets;
            (vi) regulation does not result in undue or
        
sustained adverse impact on utility earnings;
            (vii) the impacts of regulatory actions on all
        
sectors of the State are carefully weighed;
            (viii) the rates for utility services are
        
affordable and therefore preserve the availability of such services to all citizens.
    It is further declared to be the policy of the State that this Act shall not apply in relation to motor carriers and rail carriers as defined in the Illinois Commercial Transportation Law, or to the Commission in the regulation of such carriers.
    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit, restrict, or mitigate in any way the power and authority of the State's Attorneys or the Attorney General under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-22, eff. 6-30-01.)

220 ILCS 5/Art. II

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. II heading)
ARTICLE II. ILLINOIS
COMMERCE COMMISSION

220 ILCS 5/2-101

    (220 ILCS 5/2-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-101)
    Sec. 2-101. Commerce Commission created. There is created an Illinois Commerce Commission consisting of 5 members not more than 3 of whom shall be members of the same political party at the time of appointment. The Governor shall appoint the members of such Commission by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. In case of a vacancy in such office during the recess of the Senate the Governor shall make a temporary appointment until the next meeting of the Senate, when he shall nominate some person to fill such office; and any person so nominated who is confirmed by the Senate, shall hold his office during the remainder of the term and until his successor shall be appointed and qualified. Each member of the Commission shall hold office for a term of 5 years from the third Monday in January of the year in which his predecessor's term expires.
    Notwithstanding any provision of this Section to the contrary, the term of office of each member of the Commission is terminated on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995, but the incumbent members shall continue to exercise all of the powers and be subject to all of the duties of members of the Commission until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. Of the members initially appointed under the provisions of this amendatory Act of 1995, one member shall be appointed for a term of office which shall expire on the third Monday of January, 1997; 2 members shall be appointed for terms of office which shall expire on the third Monday of January, 1998; one member shall be appointed for a term of office which shall expire on the third Monday of January, 1999; and one member shall be appointed for a term of office which shall expire on the third Monday of January, 2000. Each respective successor shall be appointed for a term of 5 years from the third Monday of January of the year in which his predecessor's term expires in accordance with the provisions of the first paragraph of this Section.
    Each member shall serve until his successor is appointed and qualified, except that if the Senate refuses to consent to the appointment of any member, such office shall be deemed vacant, and within 2 weeks of the date the Senate refuses to consent to the reappointment of any member, such member shall vacate such office. The Governor shall from time to time designate the member of the Commission who shall be its chairman. Consistent with the provisions of this Act, the Chairman shall be the chief executive officer of the Commission for the purpose of ensuring that the Commission's policies are properly executed.
    If there is no vacancy on the Commission, 4 members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum to transact business; otherwise, a majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum to transact business, and no vacancy shall impair the right of the remaining commissioners to exercise all of the powers of the Commission. Every finding, order, or decision approved by a majority of the members of the Commission shall be deemed to be the finding, order, or decision of the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 92-22, eff. 6-30-01.)

220 ILCS 5/2-102

    (220 ILCS 5/2-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-102)
    Sec. 2-102. (a) Each commissioner and each person appointed to office by the Commission shall before entering upon the duties of his office take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office.
    Before entering upon the duties of his office each commissioner shall give bond, with security to be approved by the Governor, in the sum of $20,000, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duty as such commissioner. Every person appointed or employed by the Commission, may, in the discretion of the Commission, before entering upon the duties of his office, be required to give bond for the faithful discharge of his duties, in such sum as the Commission may designate, which bond shall be approved by the Commission.
    All bonds required to be filed pursuant to this section shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
    (b) No person in the employ of or holding any official relation to any corporation or person subject in whole or in part to regulation by the Commission, and no person holding stock or bonds in any such corporation, or who is in any other manner pecuniarily interested therein, directly or indirectly, shall be appointed to or hold the office of commissioner or be appointed or employed by the Commission; and if any such person shall voluntarily become so interested his office or employment shall ipso facto become vacant. If any person become so interested otherwise than voluntarily he shall within a reasonable time divest himself of such interest, and if he fails to do so his office or employment shall become vacant.
    No commissioner or person appointed or employed by the Commission shall solicit or accept any gift, gratuity, emolument or employment from any person or corporation subject to the supervision of the Commission, or from any officer, agent or employee thereof; nor solicit, request from or recommend, directly or indirectly, to any such person or corporation, or to any officer, agent or employee thereof the appointment of any person to any place or position. Every such corporation and person, and every officer, agent or employee thereof, is hereby forbidden to offer to any commissioner or to any person appointed or employed by the Commission any gift, gratuity, emolument or employment. If any commissioner or any person appointed or employed by the Commission shall violate any provisions of this paragraph he shall be removed from the office or employment held by him. Every person violating the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (c) Each commissioner shall devote his entire time to the duties of his office, and shall hold no other office or position of profit, or engage in any other business, employment or vocation.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/2-103

    (220 ILCS 5/2-103) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-103)
    Sec. 2-103. (a) No former member of the Commission or person formerly employed by the Commission may represent any person before the Commission in any capacity with respect to any particular Commission proceeding in which he participated personally and substantially as a member or employee of the Commission.
    (b) No former member of the Commission may appear before the Commission in connection with any Commission proceeding for a period of 2 years following the termination of service with the Commission.
    (c) No former member of the Commission may accept any employment with any entity subject to Commission regulation or certification, or with any industry trade association that (i) receives a majority of its funding from entities regulated or certificated by the Commission; or (ii) has a majority of members regulated or certificated by the Commission, for one year following the termination of services with the Commission; provided such prohibition shall extend to 2 years for commissioners appointed subsequent to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
    (d) No entity subject to Commission regulation or certification or any industry trade association that (i) receives a majority of its funding from entities regulated or certificated by the Commission; or (ii) has a majority of members regulated or certificated by the Commission shall offer a former member of the Commission employment for a period of one year following the termination of the former Commission member's service with the Commission, or otherwise hire such person as an agent, consultant, or attorney where such employment or contractual relation would be in violation of this Section; provided such prohibition on offers of employment shall extend to 2 years for those commissioners appointed subsequent to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 96-33, eff. 7-10-09.)

220 ILCS 5/2-104

    (220 ILCS 5/2-104) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-104)
    Sec. 2-104. It is declared to be the public policy of this State that the Illinois Commerce Commission established herein is a quasi-judicial body and that each commissioner shall receive an annual salary of $39,000, or such amount as set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater. The chairman of the Commission shall receive in addition to his salary as a commissioner an additional sum of $8,500 per year, or an amount set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater, during such time as he shall serve as chairman.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/2-105

    (220 ILCS 5/2-105) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-105)
    Sec. 2-105. Organization; executive director; assistants to Commissioners.
    (a) In order that the Commission may perform the duties and exercise the powers granted to it and assume its responsibilities under this Act and any and all other statutes of this State, the Commission, acting jointly, shall hire an executive director who shall be responsible to the Commission and shall serve subject only to removal by the Commission for good cause. The executive director shall be responsible for the supervision and direction of the Commission staff and for the necessary administrative activities of the Commission, subject only to Commission direction and approval. In furtherance thereof, the executive director may organize the Commission staff into such departments, bureaus, sections, or divisions as he may deem necessary or appropriate. In connection therewith, the executive director may delegate and assign to one or more staff member or members the supervision and direction of any such department, bureau, section, or division.
    (b) The executive director shall obtain, subject to the provisions of the Personnel Code, such accountants, engineers, experts, inspectors, clerks, and employees as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act or to perform the duties and exercise the powers conferred by law upon the Commission. All accountants, engineers, experts, inspectors, clerks, and employees of the Commission shall receive the compensation fixed by the Executive Director, subject only to Commission approval. Notwithstanding these provisions, each commissioner shall have the authority to retain up to 2 full-time assistants, subject to the provisions of the Personnel Code, who shall be supervised by the commissioner and whose compensation shall be fixed by the commissioner.
    (c) The commissioners, executive director, hearing examiners, accountants, engineers, clerks, inspectors, experts, and other employees shall have reimbursed to them all actual and necessary traveling and other expenses and disbursements necessarily incurred or made by them in the discharge of their official duties. The Commission and executive director may also incur necessary expenses for office furniture, stationery, printing, and other incidental expenses.
    (d) A copy of any contract executed between the Commission and the executive director which establishes or provides for the expenditure of public funds shall be filed with the State Comptroller within 15 days of execution and shall be available for public inspection. Any cancellation or modification of any such contract shall be filed with the State Comptroller within 15 days of execution and shall be available for public inspection. When a contract or modification required to be filed under this subsection has not been filed within 30 days of execution, the State Comptroller shall refuse to issue any warrant for payment thereunder until the Commission files the contract or modification with the State Comptroller.
(Source: P.A. 89-429, eff. 12-15-95.)

220 ILCS 5/2-106

    (220 ILCS 5/2-106) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-106)
    Sec. 2-106. (a) The executive director shall employ hearing examiners to make valuations of public utility properties, or to estimate proper rates of service of public utilities, or to examine other questions coming before the Commission, by taking testimony or by independent investigation. The executive director shall designate one hearing examiner to serve as chief hearing examiner who shall be responsible for supervising and directing the activities of all hearing examiners, subject to the approval of the executive director. Hearing examiners shall, under the direction of the chief hearing examiner, take testimony of witnesses, examine accounts, records, books, papers and physical properties, either by holding hearings or making independent investigations, in any matter referred to them by the chief hearing examiner; and make report thereof to the chief hearing examiner, and attend at hearings before the Commission when so directed by the chief hearing examiner, for the purpose of explaining their investigations and the result thereof to the Commission and the parties interested; and perform such other duties as the chief hearing examiner may direct.
    (b) All hearing examiners employed by the Commission shall be thoroughly familiar with applicable rules of evidence, procedure and administrative law. At least every two years after a hearing examiner is employed by the Commission, the executive director and chief hearing examiner shall review the performance of such hearing examiner based on whether the examiner:
    (i) is, and is perceived to be, fair to all parties;
    (ii) has a judicious and considerate temperament;
    (iii) is capable of comprehending and properly conducting proceedings and other duties to which he is assigned;
    (iv) is capable of understanding and rendering rulings on legal and evidentiary issues;
    (v) is capable of independently evaluating the evidentiary record and drafting a proposed final order which reflects careful, impartial and competent analysis; and
    (vi) meets any other qualifications deemed relevant or necessary by the executive director or chief hearing examiner.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/2-107

    (220 ILCS 5/2-107) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-107)
    Sec. 2-107. The office of the Commission shall be in Springfield, but the Commission may, with the approval of the Governor, establish and maintain branch offices at places other than the seat of government. Such office shall be open for business between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. throughout the year, and one or more responsible persons to be designated by the executive director shall be on duty at all times in immediate charge thereof.
    The Commission shall hold stated meetings at least once a month and may hold such special meetings as it may deem necessary at any place within the State. At each regular and special meeting that is open to the public, members of the public shall be afforded time, subject to reasonable constraints, to make comments to or to ask questions of the Commission.
    The Commission shall provide a web site and a toll-free telephone number to accept comments from Illinois residents regarding any matter under the auspices of the Commission or before the Commission. The Commission staff shall report, in a manner established by the Commission that is consistent with the Commission's rules regarding ex parte communications, to the full Commission comments and suggestions received through both venues before all relevant votes of the Commission.
    The Commission may, for the authentication of its records, process and proceedings, adopt, keep and use a common seal, of which seal judicial notice shall be taken in all courts of this State; and any process, notice, order or other paper which the Commission may be authorized by law to issue shall be deemed sufficient if signed and certified by the Chairman of the Commission or his or her designee, either by hand or by facsimile, and with such seal attached; and all acts, orders, proceedings, rules, entries, minutes, schedules and records of the Commission, and all reports and documents filed with the Commission, may be proved in any court of this State by a copy thereof, certified to by the Chairman of the Commission, with the seal of the Commission attached.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the Commission's established procedures for accepting testimony from Illinois residents on matters pending before the Commission shall be consistent with the Commission's rules regarding ex parte communications and due process.
(Source: P.A. 95-127, eff. 8-13-07.)

220 ILCS 5/2-108

    (220 ILCS 5/2-108) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-108)
    Sec. 2-108. Disqualification of a Commissioner from certain proceedings.
    (a) Definitions. In this Section:
        "Degree of relationship" is calculated according to
    
the civil law.
        "Fiduciary" includes without limitation a personal
    
representative, an executor, an administrator, a trustee, and a guardian.
        "Financial interest" means ownership of a legal or
    
equitable interest, however small, or being in the relationship of director, advisor, or other active participant in the affairs of a party, except the following:
            (i) Ownership in a mutual or common investment
        
fund that holds securities is not a "financial interest" in those securities unless the Commissioner participates in the management of the fund.
            (ii) An office in an educational, religious,
        
charitable, fraternal, or civic organization is not a "financial interest" in securities held by the organization.
            (iii) The proprietary interest of a policyholder
        
in a mutual insurance company, a depositor in a mutual savings association, or a similar proprietary interest is a "financial interest" in the organization only if the outcome of the proceeding could substantially affect the value of the interest.
            (iv) Ownership of government securities is a
        
"financial interest" in the issuer only if the outcome of the proceeding could substantially affect the value of the securities.
    (b) A Commissioner must disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which his or her impartiality might reasonably be questioned, including without limitation the following:
        (1) The Commissioner has a personal bias or prejudice
    
concerning a party or a party's lawyer.
        (2) At any time during the preceding 3 years, the
    
Commissioner was employed by or served as a lawyer, witness, consultant, or advisor, with respect to any regulatory issue within the purview of the statutes conferring jurisdiction on the Commission for any public utility, telecommunications carrier, motor carrier, or an affiliated interest of a public utility, telecommunications carrier, or motor carrier who is a party to the proceeding.
        (3) The Commissioner was, within the preceding 3
    
years, a partner in, associated with, or employed by any firm, partnership, company, or corporation which, within the preceding 3 years or currently, served or is serving as a lawyer, witness, consultant, or advisor, with respect to any regulatory issue within the purview of the statutes conferring jurisdiction on the Commission for any public utility, telecommunications carrier, motor carrier, or an affiliated interest of a public utility, telecommunications carrier, or motor carrier who is a party to the proceeding, except that referral of cases when no monetary interest is retained is not an association within the meaning of this paragraph.
        (4) The Commissioner knows that he or she,
    
individually or as a fiduciary, or that a spouse or minor child residing in his or her household has a substantial financial interest in the subject matter of the proceeding or in a party to the proceeding or has any interest other than financial that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.
        (5) The Commissioner, his or her spouse, a person
    
within the second degree of relationship to either of them, or the spouse of a person within that degree of relationship:
            (A) is a party to the proceeding or an officer,
        
director, or trustee of a party;
            (B) is acting as a lawyer in the proceeding; or
            (C) is to the Commissioner's knowledge likely to
        
be a witness, consultant, or advisor to any party to the proceeding.
    (c) A Commissioner must inform himself or herself about the Commissioner's personal and fiduciary financial interests and shall make a reasonable effort to inform himself or herself about the personal financial interests of the Commissioner's spouse and minor children residing in his or her household.
    (d) If a Commissioner disqualifies himself or herself, the Commissioner shall provide a written explanation of the reasons for the disqualification to all parties to the proceeding.
    This Section shall apply only to persons appointed or reappointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission and confirmed by the Senate after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991.
(Source: P.A. 87-801.)

220 ILCS 5/2-201

    (220 ILCS 5/2-201) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-201)
    Sec. 2-201. There shall be paid to the Commission the following fees: For copies of evidence and proceedings before the Commission, official documents and orders filed in its office, or other papers and records, whether or not certified or otherwise authenticated, 25 for each folio, and $1 for each certificate with a seal affixed thereto.
    For certifying each copy of the Commission's annual report, or each copy of any report made by a public utility to the Commission, $1.
    No fees shall be charged or collected for copies of papers, records, or official documents furnished to any city or public officers, including the Public Counsel, for use in their official capacity, or for the annual reports of the Commission in the ordinary course of distribution, but the Commission may fix reasonable charges for publications issued under its authority. All fees charged and collected by the Commission shall be paid promptly after the receipt of the same, accompanied by a detailed statement thereof, into the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1118.)

220 ILCS 5/2-202

    (220 ILCS 5/2-202) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-202)
    Sec. 2-202. Policy; Public Utility Fund; tax.
    (a) It is declared to be the public policy of this State that in order to maintain and foster the effective regulation of public utilities under this Act in the interests of the People of the State of Illinois and the public utilities as well, the public utilities subject to regulation under this Act and which enjoy the privilege of operating as public utilities in this State, shall bear the expense of administering this Act by means of a tax on such privilege measured by the annual gross revenue of such public utilities in the manner provided in this Section. For purposes of this Section, "expense of administering this Act" includes any costs incident to studies, whether made by the Commission or under contract entered into by the Commission, concerning environmental pollution problems caused or contributed to by public utilities and the means for eliminating or abating those problems. Such proceeds shall be deposited in the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury.
    (b) All of the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Commission incident to the administration of this Act shall be paid out of the Public Utility Fund except the compensation of the members of the Commission which shall be paid from the General Revenue Fund. Notwithstanding other provisions of this Act to the contrary, the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Commission incident to the administration of the Illinois Commercial Transportation Law may be paid from appropriations from the Public Utility Fund through the end of fiscal year 1986.
    (c) A tax is imposed upon each public utility subject to the provisions of this Act equal to .08% of its gross revenue for each calendar year commencing with the calendar year beginning January 1, 1982, except that the Commission may, by rule, establish a different rate no greater than 0.1%. For purposes of this Section, "gross revenue" shall not include revenue from the production, transmission, distribution, sale, delivery, or furnishing of electricity. "Gross revenue" shall not include amounts paid by telecommunications retailers under the Telecommunications Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act.
    (d) Annual gross revenue returns shall be filed in accordance with paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection (d).
        (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this
    
subsection (d), on or before January 10 of each year each public utility subject to the provisions of this Act shall file with the Commission an estimated annual gross revenue return containing an estimate of the amount of its gross revenue for the calendar year commencing January 1 of said year and a statement of the amount of tax due for said calendar year on the basis of that estimate. Public utilities may also file revised returns containing updated estimates and updated amounts of tax due during the calendar year. These revised returns, if filed, shall form the basis for quarterly payments due during the remainder of the calendar year. In addition, on or before March 31 of each year, each public utility shall file an amended return showing the actual amount of gross revenues shown by the company's books and records as of December 31 of the previous year. Forms and instructions for such estimated, revised, and amended returns shall be devised and supplied by the Commission.
        (2) Beginning with returns due after January 1, 2002,
    
the requirements of paragraph (1) of this subsection (d) shall not apply to any public utility in any calendar year for which the total tax the public utility owes under this Section is less than $10,000. For such public utilities with respect to such years, the public utility shall file with the Commission, on or before March 31 of the following year, an annual gross revenue return for the year and a statement of the amount of tax due for that year on the basis of such a return. Forms and instructions for such returns and corrected returns shall be devised and supplied by the Commission.
    (e) All returns submitted to the Commission by a public utility as provided in this subsection (e) or subsection (d) of this Section shall contain or be verified by a written declaration by an appropriate officer of the public utility that the return is made under the penalties of perjury. The Commission may audit each such return submitted and may, under the provisions of Section 5-101 of this Act, take such measures as are necessary to ascertain the correctness of the returns submitted. The Commission has the power to direct the filing of a corrected return by any utility which has filed an incorrect return and to direct the filing of a return by any utility which has failed to submit a return. A taxpayer's signing a fraudulent return under this Section is perjury, as defined in Section 32-2 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
    (f) (1) For all public utilities subject to paragraph (1) of subsection (d), at least one quarter of the annual amount of tax due under subsection (c) shall be paid to the Commission on or before the tenth day of January, April, July, and October of the calendar year subject to tax. In the event that an adjustment in the amount of tax due should be necessary as a result of the filing of an amended or corrected return under subsection (d) or subsection (e) of this Section, the amount of any deficiency shall be paid by the public utility together with the amended or corrected return and the amount of any excess shall, after the filing of a claim for credit by the public utility, be returned to the public utility in the form of a credit memorandum in the amount of such excess or be refunded to the public utility in accordance with the provisions of subsection (k) of this Section. However, if such deficiency or excess is less than $1, then the public utility need not pay the deficiency and may not claim a credit.
    (2) Any public utility subject to paragraph (2) of subsection (d) shall pay the amount of tax due under subsection (c) on or before March 31 next following the end of the calendar year subject to tax. In the event that an adjustment in the amount of tax due should be necessary as a result of the filing of a corrected return under subsection (e), the amount of any deficiency shall be paid by the public utility at the time the corrected return is filed. Any excess tax payment by the public utility shall be returned to it after the filing of a claim for credit, in the form of a credit memorandum in the amount of the excess. However, if such deficiency or excess is less than $1, the public utility need not pay the deficiency and may not claim a credit.
    (g) Each installment or required payment of the tax imposed by subsection (c) becomes delinquent at midnight of the date that it is due. Failure to make a payment as required by this Section shall result in the imposition of a late payment penalty, an underestimation penalty, or both, as provided by this subsection. The late payment penalty shall be the greater of:
        (1) $25 for each month or portion of a month that the
    
installment or required payment is unpaid or
        (2) an amount equal to the difference between what
    
should have been paid on the due date, based upon the most recently filed estimated, annual, or amended return, and what was actually paid, times 1%, for each month or portion of a month that the installment or required payment goes unpaid. This penalty may be assessed as soon as the installment or required payment becomes delinquent.
    The underestimation penalty shall apply to those public utilities subject to paragraph (1) of subsection (d) and shall be calculated after the filing of the amended return. It shall be imposed if the amount actually paid on any of the dates specified in subsection (f) is not equal to at least one-fourth of the amount actually due for the year, and shall equal the greater of:
        (1) $25 for each month or portion of a month that the
    
amount due is unpaid or
        (2) an amount equal to the difference between what
    
should have been paid, based on the amended return, and what was actually paid as of the date specified in subsection (f), times a percentage equal to 1/12 of the sum of 10% and the percentage most recently established by the Commission for interest to be paid on customer deposits under 83 Ill. Adm. Code 280.70(e)(1), for each month or portion of a month that the amount due goes unpaid, except that no underestimation penalty shall be assessed if the amount actually paid on or before each of the dates specified in subsection (f) was based on an estimate of gross revenues at least equal to the actual gross revenues for the previous year. The Commission may enforce the collection of any delinquent installment or payment, or portion thereof by legal action or in any other manner by which the collection of debts due the State of Illinois may be enforced under the laws of this State. The executive director or his designee may excuse the payment of an assessed penalty or a portion of an assessed penalty if he determines that enforced collection of the penalty as assessed would be unjust.
    (h) All sums collected by the Commission under the provisions of this Section shall be paid promptly after the receipt of the same, accompanied by a detailed statement thereof, into the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury.
    (i) During the month of October of each odd-numbered year the Commission shall:
        (1) determine the amount of all moneys deposited in
    
the Public Utility Fund during the preceding fiscal biennium plus the balance, if any, in that fund at the beginning of that biennium;
        (2) determine the sum total of the following items:
    
(A) all moneys expended or obligated against appropriations made from the Public Utility Fund during the preceding fiscal biennium, plus (B) the sum of the credit memoranda then outstanding against the Public Utility Fund, if any; and
        (3) determine the amount, if any, by which the sum
    
determined as provided in item (1) exceeds the amount determined as provided in item (2).
    If the amount determined as provided in item (3) of this subsection exceeds 50% of the previous fiscal year's appropriation level, the Commission shall then compute the proportionate amount, if any, which (x) the tax paid hereunder by each utility during the preceding biennium, and (y) the amount paid into the Public Utility Fund during the preceding biennium by the Department of Revenue pursuant to Sections 2-9 and 2-11 of the Electricity Excise Tax Law, bears to the difference between the amount determined as provided in item (3) of this subsection (i) and 50% of the previous fiscal year's appropriation level. The Commission shall cause the proportionate amount determined with respect to payments made under the Electricity Excise Tax Law to be transferred into the General Revenue Fund in the State Treasury, and notify each public utility that it may file during the 3 month period after the date of notification a claim for credit for the proportionate amount determined with respect to payments made hereunder by the public utility. If the proportionate amount is less than $10, no notification will be sent by the Commission, and no right to a claim exists as to that amount. Upon the filing of a claim for credit within the period provided, the Commission shall issue a credit memorandum in such amount to such public utility. Any claim for credit filed after the period provided for in this Section is void.
    (j) Credit memoranda issued pursuant to subsection (f) and credit memoranda issued after notification and filing pursuant to subsection (i) may be applied for the 2 year period from the date of issuance, against the payment of any amount due during that period under the tax imposed by subsection (c), or, subject to reasonable rule of the Commission including requirement of notification, may be assigned to any other public utility subject to regulation under this Act. Any application of credit memoranda after the period provided for in this Section is void.
    (k) The chairman or executive director may make refund of fees, taxes or other charges whenever he shall determine that the person or public utility will not be liable for payment of such fees, taxes or charges during the next 24 months and he determines that the issuance of a credit memorandum would be unjust.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

220 ILCS 5/2-203

    (220 ILCS 5/2-203)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on April 1, 2015)
    Sec. 2-203. Public Utility Fund base maintenance contribution. Each electric utility as defined in Section 16-102 of this Act providing service to more than 12,500 customers in this State on January 1, 1995 shall contribute annually a pro rata share of a total amount of $5,500,000 based upon the number of kilowatt-hours delivered to retail customers within this State by each such electric utility in the 12 months preceding the year of contribution. On or before May 1 of each year, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall determine and notify the Illinois Department of Revenue of the pro rata share owed by each electric utility based upon information supplied annually to the Commission. On or before June 1 of each year, the Department of Revenue shall send written notification to each electric utility of the amount of pro rata share they owe. These contributions shall be remitted to the Department of Revenue no earlier than July 1 and no later than July 31 of each year the contribution is due on a return prescribed and furnished by the Department of Revenue showing such information as the Department of Revenue may reasonably require. The Department of Revenue shall place the funds remitted under this Section in the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury. The funds received pursuant to this Section shall be subject to appropriation by the General Assembly. If an electric utility does not remit its pro rata share to the Department of Revenue, the Department of Revenue must inform the Illinois Commerce Commission of such failure. The Illinois Commerce Commission may then revoke the certification of that electric utility. This Section is repealed on April 1, 2015.
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 98-602, eff. 12-6-13.)

220 ILCS 5/Art. III

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. III heading)
ARTICLE III. DEFINITIONS

220 ILCS 5/3-101

    (220 ILCS 5/3-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-101)
    Sec. 3-101. Definitions. Unless otherwise specified, the terms set forth in Sections 3-102 through 3-126 are used in this Act as therein defined.
(Source: P.A. 97-96, eff. 7-13-11; 97-239, eff. 8-2-11; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)

220 ILCS 5/3-102

    (220 ILCS 5/3-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-102)
    Sec. 3-102. "Commission" means the Illinois Commerce Commission, which is created and established under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/3-103

    (220 ILCS 5/3-103) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-103)
    Sec. 3-103. "Commissioner" means one of the members of the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/3-104

    (220 ILCS 5/3-104) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-104)
    Sec. 3-104. "Executive Director" means the person holding the position of Executive Director created and established under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/3-105

    (220 ILCS 5/3-105) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-105)
    Sec. 3-105. Public utility.
    (a) "Public utility" means and includes, except where otherwise expressly provided in this Section, every corporation, company, limited liability company, association, joint stock company or association, firm, partnership or individual, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever that owns, controls, operates or manages, within this State, directly or indirectly, for public use, any plant, equipment or property used or to be used for or in connection with, or owns or controls any franchise, license, permit or right to engage in:
        (1) the production, storage, transmission, sale,
    
delivery or furnishing of heat, cold, power, electricity, water, or light, except when used solely for communications purposes;
        (2) the disposal of sewerage; or
        (3) the conveyance of oil or gas by pipe line.
    (b) "Public utility" does not include, however:
        (1) public utilities that are owned and operated by
    
any political subdivision, public institution of higher education or municipal corporation of this State, or public utilities that are owned by such political subdivision, public institution of higher education, or municipal corporation and operated by any of its lessees or operating agents;
        (2) water companies which are purely mutual concerns,
    
having no rates or charges for services, but paying the operating expenses by assessment upon the members of such a company and no other person;
        (3) electric cooperatives as defined in Section 3-119;
        (4) the following natural gas cooperatives:
            (A) residential natural gas cooperatives that are
        
not-for-profit corporations established for the purpose of administering and operating, on a cooperative basis, the furnishing of natural gas to residences for the benefit of their members who are residential consumers of natural gas. For entities qualifying as residential natural gas cooperatives and recognized by the Illinois Commerce Commission as such, the State shall guarantee legally binding contracts entered into by residential natural gas cooperatives for the express purpose of acquiring natural gas supplies for their members. The Illinois Commerce Commission shall establish rules and regulations providing for such guarantees. The total liability of the State in providing all such guarantees shall not at any time exceed $1,000,000, nor shall the State provide such a guarantee to a residential natural gas cooperative for more than 3 consecutive years; and
            (B) natural gas cooperatives that are
        
not-for-profit corporations operated for the purpose of administering, on a cooperative basis, the furnishing of natural gas for the benefit of their members and that, prior to 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, either had acquired or had entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire all or substantially all of the operating assets of a public utility or natural gas cooperative with the intention of operating those assets as a natural gas cooperative;
        (5) sewage disposal companies which provide sewage
    
disposal services on a mutual basis without establishing rates or charges for services, but paying the operating expenses by assessment upon the members of the company and no others;
        (6) (blank);
        (7) cogeneration facilities, small power production
    
facilities, and other qualifying facilities, as defined in the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, except to the extent State regulatory jurisdiction and action is required or authorized by federal law, regulations, regulatory decisions or the decisions of federal or State courts of competent jurisdiction;
        (8) the ownership or operation of a facility that
    
sells compressed natural gas at retail to the public for use only as a motor vehicle fuel and the selling of compressed natural gas at retail to the public for use only as a motor vehicle fuel;
        (9) alternative retail electric suppliers as defined
    
in Article XVI; and
        (10) the Illinois Power Agency.
    (c) An entity that furnishes the service of charging electric vehicles does not and shall not be deemed to sell electricity and is not and shall not be deemed a public utility notwithstanding the basis on which the service is provided or billed. If, however, the entity is otherwise deemed a public utility under this Act, or is otherwise subject to regulation under this Act, then that entity is not exempt from and remains subject to the otherwise applicable provisions of this Act. The installation, maintenance, and repair of an electric vehicle charging station shall comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of Section 16-128 and Section 16-128A of this Act.
    For purposes of this subsection, the term "electric vehicles" has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 10 of the Electric Vehicle Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-1128, eff. 8-28-12.)

220 ILCS 5/3-112

    (220 ILCS 5/3-112) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-112)
    Sec. 3-112. "Company," when used in connection with a public utility, includes any corporation, company, limited liability company, association, joint stock company or association, firm, partnership or individual, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, holding, operating, controlling or managing such a public utility, but not municipal corporations. "Company" when used other than in connection with a public utility, includes any corporation, company, limited liability company, association, joint stock company or association, firm or partnership, but does not include municipal corporations.
(Source: P.A. 88-480.)

220 ILCS 5/3-113

    (220 ILCS 5/3-113) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-113)
    Sec. 3-113. "Corporation" includes any corporation, company, limited liability company, association, joint stock company or association, but not municipal corporations.
(Source: P.A. 88-480.)

220 ILCS 5/3-114

    (220 ILCS 5/3-114) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-114)
    Sec. 3-114. "Person" includes an individual, firm, limited liability company, or co-partnership.
(Source: P.A. 88-480.)

220 ILCS 5/3-115

    (220 ILCS 5/3-115) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-115)
    Sec. 3-115. "Service" is used in its broadest and most inclusive sense, and includes not only the use or accommodation afforded consumers or patrons, but also any product or commodity furnished by any public utility and the plant, equipment, apparatus, appliances, property and facilities employed by, or in connection with, any public utility in performing any service or in furnishing any product or commodity and devoted to the purposes in which such public utility is engaged and to the use and accommodation of the public.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/3-116

    (220 ILCS 5/3-116) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-116)
    Sec. 3-116. "Rate" includes every individual or joint rate, fare, toll, charge, rental or other compensation of any public utility or any two or more such individual or joint rates, fares, tolls, charges, rental or other compensation of any public utility or any schedule or tariff thereof, and any rule, regulation, charge, practice or contract relating thereto.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/3-117

    (220 ILCS 5/3-117) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-117)
    Sec. 3-117. "City council" includes the mayor and commissioners of cities which have adopted the Commission form of municipal government and the council of all other cities and the president and board of trustees of villages and incorporated towns.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/3-118

    (220 ILCS 5/3-118) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-118)
    Sec. 3-118. "City" includes all villages and incorporated towns.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/3-119

    (220 ILCS 5/3-119) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-119)
    Sec. 3-119. "Electric cooperative" is any electric cooperative which is subject to the Electric Suppliers Act, enacted by the 74th General Assembly, and has the same meaning as is defined in Section 3.4 of that Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/3-120

    (220 ILCS 5/3-120) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-120)
    Sec. 3-120. As used in Section 3-121 of this Act, the term "intrastate public utility business" includes all that portion of the business of the public utilities designated in Section 3-105 of this Act and over which this Commission has jurisdiction under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1118.)

220 ILCS 5/3-121

    (220 ILCS 5/3-121) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 3-121)
    Sec. 3-121. As used in Section 2-202 of this Act, the term "gross revenue" includes all revenue which (1) is collected by a public utility subject to regulations under this Act (a) pursuant to the rates, other charges, and classifications which it is required to file under Section 9-102 of this Act and (b) pursuant to emergency rates as permitted by Section 9-104 of this Act, and (2) is derived from the intrastate public utility business of such a utility. Such term does not include revenue derived by such a public utility from the sale of public utility services, products or commodities to another public utility, to an electric cooperative, or to a natural gas cooperative for resale by such public utility, electric cooperative, or natural gas cooperative. "Gross revenue" shall not include any charges added to customers' bills pursuant to the provisions of Section 9-221, 9-221.1 and 9-222 of this Act or consideration received from business enterprises certified under Section 9-222.1 of this Act to the extent of such exemption and during the period in which the exemption is in effect.
(Source: P.A. 94-738, eff. 5-4-06.)

220 ILCS 5/3-122

    (220 ILCS 5/3-122)
    Sec. 3-122. Electronic. "Electronic" includes electrical, digital, magnetic, optical, electromagnetic, or any other form of technology that entails capabilities similar to these technologies.
(Source: P.A. 91-341, eff. 7-29-99.)

220 ILCS 5/3-123

    (220 ILCS 5/3-123)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 97-96)
    Sec. 3-123. Clean coal SNG brownfield facility; sequester; SNG facility; sourcing agreement; substitute natural gas or SNG. As used in this Act:
    "Clean coal SNG brownfield facility" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
    "Sequester" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
    "SNG facility" means a facility that produces substitute natural gas from feedstock that includes coal through a gasification process, including a clean coal facility, the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, and the facility described in subsection (h) of Section 9-220 of this Act.
    "Sourcing agreement" means an agreement between the owner of a clean coal SNG brownfield facility and the gas utility that has the terms and conditions meeting the requirements of subsection (h-1) of Section 9-220 of this Act.
    "Substitute natural gas" or "SNG" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-96, eff. 7-13-11.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 97-239)
    Sec. 3-123. Clean coal facility; clean coal SNG facility; sequester; SNG facility; substitute natural gas or SNG. As used in this Act:
    "Clean coal facility" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
    "Clean coal SNG facility" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
    "Sequester" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
    "SNG facility" means a facility that produces substitute natural gas from feedstock that includes coal through a gasification process, including a clean coal facility, and the clean coal SNG facility.
    "Substitute natural gas" or "SNG" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-239, eff. 8-2-11.)

220 ILCS 5/3-124

    (220 ILCS 5/3-124)
    Sec. 3-124. Adjusted final capitalized plant cost. "Adjusted final capitalized plant cost" means the final capitalized plant cost reduced by the following, without duplication and to the extent not already accounted for or reflected on the books of the facility: (1) any State of Illinois financial assistance, (2) any U.S. financial assistance, and (3) any quantifiable benefit from a U.S. Clean Coal Gasification Program received by the facility during a period equal to the shorter of (A) the life of such program or (B) the term of the agreement, such quantifiable benefit to be discounted at a rate of 14% per annum over such period.
(Source: P.A. 97-239, eff. 8-2-11.)

220 ILCS 5/3-125

    (220 ILCS 5/3-125)
    Sec. 3-125. Final capitalized plant cost. "Final capitalized plant cost" means the total capitalized asset cost of the plant of the clean coal SNG facility as reflected on the balance sheet of the facility at the time of the commercial production date, with such capitalized cost to be accrued in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and includes, without limitation, the following items: major equipment, the SNG pipeline from the plant to the receiving pipeline, water lines, railroad improvements, access road improvements, all coal transportation assets, including the slurry line, slurry prep plant, carbon dioxide capture metering and compression, licensing fees, all costs incurred in the management planning, oversight and execution of the construction and start-up of the plant, and all fees and costs payable under engineering, procurement, and design contracts for the construct of the plant accrued as of the time of the commercial production date, but does not include capitalized financing costs including capitalized interest during construction and all fees associated with financing, coal reserve leasing costs, marketing, training, any and all costs payable under the contract miner agreement, the cost of coal mining equipment and similar costs, and any other costs, including general and administrative costs, not reasonably incurred in connection with the design, construction, testing, start-up, or commissioning of the plant in preparation for commercial production date.
(Source: P.A. 97-239, eff. 8-2-11.)

220 ILCS 5/3-126

    (220 ILCS 5/3-126)
    Sec. 3-126. Total capitalized asset cost. "Total capitalized asset cost" means the gross book value of the plant, as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles at the commercial production date.
(Source: P.A. 97-239, eff. 8-2-11.)

220 ILCS 5/Art. IV

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. IV heading)
ARTICLE IV. GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES OF COMMISSION -
INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION - CONSTRUCTION

220 ILCS 5/4-101

    (220 ILCS 5/4-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-101)
    Sec. 4-101. The Commerce Commission shall have general supervision of all public utilities, except as otherwise provided in this Act, shall inquire into the management of the business thereof and shall keep itself informed as to the manner and method in which the business is conducted. It shall examine those public utilities and keep informed as to their general condition, their franchises, capitalization, rates and other charges, and the manner in which their plants, equipment and other property owned, leased, controlled or operated are managed, conducted and operated, not only with respect to the adequacy, security and accommodation afforded by their service but also with respect to their compliance with this Act and any other law, with the orders of the Commission and with the charter and franchise requirements.
    Whenever the Commission is authorized or required by law to consider some aspect of criminal history record information for the purpose of carrying out its statutory powers and responsibilities, then, upon request and payment of fees in conformance with the requirements of Section 2605-400 of the Department of State Police Law (20 ILCS 2605/2605-400), the Department of State Police is authorized to furnish, pursuant to positive identification, such information contained in State files as is necessary to fulfill the request.
    The Commission shall require all public utilities to establish a security policy that includes on-site safeguards to restrict physical or electronic access to critical infrastructure and computerized control and data systems. The Commission shall maintain a record of and each regulated entity shall provide to the Commission an annual affidavit signed by a representative of the regulated entity that states:
        (1) that the entity has a security policy in place;
        (2) that the entity has conducted at least one
    
practice exercise based on the security policy within the 12 months immediately preceding the date of the affidavit; and
        (3) with respect to any entity that is an electric
    
public utility, that the entity follows, at a minimum, the most current security standards set forth by the North American Electric Reliability Council.
(Source: P.A. 94-480, eff. 1-1-06; 94-735, eff. 5-1-06.)

220 ILCS 5/4-201

    (220 ILCS 5/4-201) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-201)
    Sec. 4-201. It is hereby made the duty of the Commission to see that the provisions of the Constitution and statutes of this State affecting public utilities, the enforcement of which is not specifically vested in some other officer or tribunal, are enforced and obeyed, and that violations thereof are promptly prosecuted and penalties due the State therefor recovered and collected, and to this end it may sue in the name of the People of the State.
    It shall be the duty of the Commission, at the direction and discretion of the Chairman, to assemble and maintain an electronic trespass enforcement assistance staff consisting of experts in computer systems, electronics and other professional disciplines to aid public utilities, businesses, individuals and law enforcement agencies in detecting and preventing electronic trespass violations and enforcing the provisions of Sections 17-50, 17-51, and 17-52 of the Criminal Code of 2012 or any other relevant statute.
    No cause of action shall exist and no liability may be imposed either civil or criminal, against the State, the Chairman of the Commission or any of its members, or any employee of the Commission, for any act or omission by them in the performance of any power or duty authorized by this Section, unless such act or omission was performed in bad faith and with intent to injure a particular person.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

220 ILCS 5/4-202

    (220 ILCS 5/4-202) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-202)
    Sec. 4-202. Action for injunction. Whenever the Commission shall be of the opinion that any public utility is failing or omitting or about to fail or omit to do anything required of it by law or by any order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, issued or made under authority of this Act, or is doing anything or about to do anything or permitting anything or about to permit anything to be done contrary to or in violation of law or any order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, issued or made under authority of this Act, the Commission shall file an action or proceeding in the circuit court in and for the county in which the case or some part thereof arose, or in which the person or corporation complained of, if any, has its principal place of business, or in which the person complained of, if any, resides, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, for the purpose of having the violation or threatened violation stopped and prevented, either by mandamus or injunction.
    The Commission may express its opinion in a resolution based upon whatever facts and evidence have come to its attention and may issue the resolution ex parte and without holding any administrative hearing before bringing suit. Except in cases involving an imminent threat to the public health or public safety, no such resolution shall be adopted until 48 hours after the public utility has been given notice of (i) the substance of the alleged violation, including a citation to the law or order, decision, rule, regulation, or direction of the Commission alleged to have been violated and (ii) the time and date of the meeting at which such resolution will first be before the Commission for consideration.
    The Commission shall file the action or proceeding by complaint in the circuit court alleging the violation or threatened violation complained of and praying for appropriate relief by way of mandamus or injunction. It shall thereupon be the duty of the court to specify a time, not exceeding 20 days after the service of the copy of the complaint, within which the public utility complained of must answer the complaint, and in the meantime said public utility may be restrained. In case of default in answer, or after answer, the court shall immediately inquire into the facts and circumstances of the case. Such corporation or persons as the court may deem necessary or proper to be joined as parties, in order to make its judgment or order effective, may be joined as parties. The final judgment in any action or proceeding shall either dismiss the action or proceeding or grant relief by mandamus or injunction or be made permanent as prayed for in the complaint, or in such modified or other form as will afford appropriate relief. An appeal may be taken from such final judgment as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 93-457, eff. 8-8-03.)

220 ILCS 5/4-202.1

    (220 ILCS 5/4-202.1)
    Sec. 4-202.1. Enforcement of service area agreement between municipality and electric cooperative.
    (a) The Commission shall approve, interpret, and enforce service area agreements between municipalities and electric cooperatives as provided in Section 11-117-1.1 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
    (b) The provisions of this Section are severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
(Source: P.A. 88-335.)

220 ILCS 5/4-203

    (220 ILCS 5/4-203) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-203)
    Sec. 4-203. Action to recover penalties.
    (a) All civil penalties established under this Act shall be assessed and collected by the Commission. Except for the penalties provided under Section 2-202, civil penalties may be assessed only after notice and opportunity to be heard. In determining the amount of the penalty, the Commission shall consider the appropriateness of the penalty to the size of the business of the public utility, corporation other than a public utility, or person acting as a public utility charged, the gravity of the violation, such other mitigating or aggravating factors as the Commission may find to exist, and the good faith of the public utility, corporation other than a public utility, or person acting as a public utility charged in attempting to achieve compliance after notification of a violation. Nothing in this Section, however, increases or decreases any minimum or maximum penalty prescribed elsewhere in this Act.
    (b) If timely judicial review of a Commission order that imposes a civil penalty is taken by the public utility, corporation other than a public utility, or person acting as a public utility on which the civil penalty has been imposed, the reviewing court shall enter a judgment on all amounts upon affirmance of the Commission order. If timely judicial review is not taken and the civil penalty remains unpaid for 60 days after service of the order, the Commission in its discretion may either begin revocation proceedings or bring suit to recover the penalties. Unless stayed by a reviewing court, interest at the post-judgment rate set forth in Section 2-1303 of the Code of Civil Procedure shall accrue from 60 days after the date of service of the Commission order.
    (c) Actions to recover delinquent civil penalties under this Act shall be brought in the name of the People of the State of Illinois in the circuit court in and for the county in which the cause, or some part thereof, arose, or in which the corporation complained of, if any, has its principal place of business, or in which the person, if any, complained of, resides. The action shall be commenced and prosecuted to final judgment by the Commission. In any such action, all interest incurred up to the time of final court judgment may be sued for and recovered in that action. In all such actions, the procedure and rules of evidence shall be the same as in ordinary civil actions, except as otherwise herein provided. All fines and penalties recovered by the State in any such action shall be paid into the State treasury to the credit of the General Revenue Fund. Any such action may be compromised or discontinued on application of the Commission upon such terms as the court shall approve and order.
    (d) Civil penalties related to the late filing of reports, taxes, or other filings shall be paid into the State treasury to the credit of the Public Utility Fund. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, all other fines and civil penalties shall be paid into the State treasury to the credit of the General Revenue Fund.
(Source: P.A. 93-457, eff. 8-8-03.)

220 ILCS 5/4-204

    (220 ILCS 5/4-204) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-204)
    Sec. 4-204. Whenever the Commission receives notice from the Secretary of State that any domestic or foreign corporation regulated under this Act has not paid a franchise tax, license fee or penalty required under The Business Corporation Act of 1983, approved January 5, 1984, as amended, then the Commission shall institute proceedings for the revocation of the franchise, license, permit or right to engage in any business required under this Act or the suspension thereof until such time as the delinquent franchise tax, license fee or penalty is paid.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/4-205

    (220 ILCS 5/4-205) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-205)
    Sec. 4-205. This amendatory Act of 1985 shall not have the effect to release or waive any right of action by the State, the Commission, or by any body politic, municipal corporation, person or corporation for any right or penalty which may have arisen or accrued or may hereafter arise or accrue under this Act or any law of this State.
    All penalties accruing under this Act shall be cumulative of each other, and suit for the recovery of one penalty shall not be a bar to or affect the recovery of any other penalty or be a bar to any criminal prosecution against any public utility, or any officer, director, agent or employee thereof, or any other corporation or person.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/4-301

    (220 ILCS 5/4-301) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-301)
    Sec. 4-301. The Commission may confer in person, or by correspondence, by attending conventions, or in any other way, with Commissions and any and all agencies dealing with public utilities of other states and of the United States on any matters relating to public utilities.
    The Commission shall have full power and authority to make joint investigations, hold joint hearings within or without the State, and issue joint or concurrent orders in conjunction with any official, board, commission or agency of any state or of the United States. In the holding of such investigations or hearings, or in the making of such orders, the Commission shall function under agreements or compacts between states or under the concurrent power of states to regulate the interstate commerce, or as an agency of the United States, or otherwise.
    The Commission shall make whenever requested by the Governor, the General Assembly, or either branch of the General Assembly a report within 90 days or any other time period specified within such request, which shall contain copies of all orders issued by the Commission which it deems of special importance or general significance, and any information in the possession of the Commission which it shall deem of value to the people of the State.
    The Commission shall conduct a hearing and take testimony relative to any pending legislation with respect to any person, corporation or matter within its jurisdiction, if requested to do so by the Governor, the General Assembly, or either branch of the General Assembly, and shall report its conclusions to the Governor or the General Assembly, as the case may be. The Commission may also recommend the enactment of such legislation with respect to any matter within its jurisdiction as it deems wise or necessary in the public interest. The Commission shall, at such times as the Governor, the General Assembly, or either branch of the General Assembly shall direct, examine any particular subject connected with the condition and management of public utilities, and report to the Governor or the General Assembly, as the case may be, in writing its opinion thereon with its reasons therefor.
(Source: P.A. 98-15, eff. 5-22-13.)

220 ILCS 5/4-302

    (220 ILCS 5/4-302) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-302)
    Sec. 4-302. The Commission shall cooperate with the Regional Transportation Authority created pursuant to the "Regional Transportation Authority Act", enacted by the 78th General Assembly, in the exercise of the powers of the Authority as provided in that Act.
    Transportation Agencies which have any purchase of service agreement with a Service Board as provided in the "Regional Transportation Authority Act" shall not be subject to this Act as to any public transportation which is the subject of such agreement. Any service and business exempted from this Act pursuant to this Section shall not be considered "intrastate public utility business" as defined in Section 3-120 of this Act.
    No contract between any Transportation Agency and the Authority or a Service Board or acquisition by the Authority or a Service Board of any property, including property of a Transportation Agency pursuant to and as defined in the Regional Transportation Authority Act, shall, except as provided in such Act, be subject to the supervision, regulation or approval of the Commission.
    In the event a Service Board shall determine that any Public Transportation service provided by any Transportation Agency with which that Service Board has a Purchase of Service Agreement is not necessary for the public interest and shall for that reason decline to enter into any Purchase of Service Agreement for such particular service, all pursuant to and as defined in such Regional Transportation Authority Act, then the discontinuation of such service by such Transportation Agency shall not be subject to the supervision, regulation or approval of the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1025.)

220 ILCS 5/4-303

    (220 ILCS 5/4-303) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-303)
    Sec. 4-303. Neither this Act nor any provision thereof shall apply or be construed to apply to commerce with foreign nations or commerce among the several states of this Union, except to the extent permitted under the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and Acts of Congress, and the applicable decisions of the courts of competent jurisdiction of this State or the United States.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1025.)

220 ILCS 5/4-304

    (220 ILCS 5/4-304) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-304)
    Sec. 4-304. Beginning in 1986, the Commission shall prepare an annual report which shall be filed by January 31 of each year with the Joint Committee on Legislative Support Services of the General Assembly, the Public Counsel and the Governor and which shall be publicly available. Such report shall include:
    (1) A general review of agency activities and changes, including:
        (a) a review of significant decisions and other
    
regulatory actions for the preceding year, and pending cases, and an analysis of the impact of such decisions and actions, and potential impact of any significant pending cases;
        (b) for each significant decision, regulatory action
    
and pending case, a description of the positions advocated by major parties, including Commission staff, and for each such decision rendered or action taken, the position adopted by the Commission and reason therefor;
        (c) a description of the Commission's budget,
    
caseload, and staff levels, including specifically:
            (i) a breakdown by type of case of the cases
        
resolved and filed during the year and of pending cases;
            (ii) a description of the allocation of the
        
Commission's budget, identifying amounts budgeted for each significant regulatory function or activity and for each department, bureau, section, division or office of the Commission and its employees;
            (iii) a description of current employee levels,
        
identifying any change occurring during the year in the number of employees, personnel policies and practices or compensation levels; and identifying the number and type of employees assigned to each Commission regulatory function and to each department, bureau, section, division or office of the Commission;
        (d) a description of any significant changes in
    
Commission policies, programs or practices with respect to agency organization and administration, hearings and procedures or substantive regulatory activity.
    (2) A discussion and analysis of the state of each utility industry regulated by the Commission and significant changes, trends and developments therein, including the number and types of firms offering each utility service, existing, new and prospective technologies, variations in the quality, availability and price for utility services in different geographic areas of the State, and any other industry factors or circumstances which may affect the public interest or the regulation of such industries.
    (3) A specific discussion of the energy planning responsibilities and activities of the Commission and energy utilities, including:
        (a) the extent to which conservation, cogeneration,
    
renewable energy technologies and improvements in energy efficiency are being utilized by energy consumers, the extent to which additional potential exists for the economical utilization of such supplies, and a description of existing and proposed programs and policies designed to promote and encourage such utilization;
        (b) a description of each energy plan filed with the
    
Commission pursuant to the provisions of this Act, and a copy, or detailed summary of the most recent energy plans adopted by the Commission; and
        (c) a discussion of the powers by which the
    
Commission is implementing the planning responsibilities of Article VIII, including a description of the staff and budget assigned to such function, the procedures by which Commission staff reviews and analyzes energy plans submitted by the utilities, the Department of Natural Resources, and any other person or party.
    (4) A discussion of the extent to which utility services are available to all Illinois citizens including:
        (a) the percentage and number of persons or
    
households requiring each such service who are not receiving such service, and the reasons therefore, including specifically the number of such persons or households who are unable to afford such service;
        (b) a critical analysis of existing programs designed
    
to promote and preserve the availability and affordability of utility services; and
        (c) an analysis of the financial impact on utilities
    
and other ratepayers of the inability of some customers or potential customers to afford utility service, including the number of service disconnections and reconnections, and cost thereof and the dollar amount of uncollectible accounts recovered through rates.
    (5) A detailed description of the means by which the Commission is implementing its new statutory responsibilities under this Act, and the status of such implementation, including specifically:
        (a) Commission reorganization resulting from the
    
addition of an Executive Director and hearing examiner qualifications and review;
        (b) Commission responsibilities for construction and
    
rate supervision, including construction cost audits, management audits, excess capacity adjustments, phase-ins of new plant and the means and capability for monitoring and reevaluating existing or future construction projects;
        (c) promulgation and application of rules concerning
    
ex parte communications, circulation of recommended orders and transcription of closed meetings.
    (6) A description of all appeals taken from Commission orders, findings or decisions and the status and outcome of such appeals.
    (7) A description of the status of all studies and investigations required by this Act, including those ordered pursuant to Sections 8-304, 9-242, 9-244 and 13-301 and all such subsequently ordered studies or investigations.
    (8) A discussion of new or potential developments in federal legislation, and federal agency and judicial decisions relevant to State regulation of utility services.
    (9) All recommendations for appropriate legislative action by the General Assembly.
    The Commission may include such other information as it deems to be necessary or beneficial in describing or explaining its activities or regulatory responsibilities. The report required by this Section shall be adopted by a vote of the full Commission prior to filing.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

220 ILCS 5/4-305

    (220 ILCS 5/4-305) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-305)
    Sec. 4-305. Emission allowances. Beginning with the first quarter of 1993, the Commission shall collect from each public utility and each affiliated interest of a public utility owning an electric generating station information relating to the acquisition or sale of emission allowances as defined in Title IV of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (P.L. 101-549), as amended. The information collected shall include the number of emission allowances allocated to each utility, by statute or otherwise, and the number of emission allowances acquired or sold by each utility. The Commission shall establish quarterly requirements for reporting the information specified under this Section. Beginning with the annual report due January 31, 1994, the Commission shall include the information collected under this Section in the annual report required under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133; 88-226.)

220 ILCS 5/4-401

    (220 ILCS 5/4-401) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-401)
    Sec. 4-401. If any Section, subdivision, sentence or clause of this Act is for any reason held invalid or to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Act. A substantial compliance with the requirements of this Act shall be sufficient to give effect to all the Acts, orders, decisions, rules and regulations of the Commission and they shall not be declared inoperative, illegal or void for any omission of a technical nature in respect thereto.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/4-402

    (220 ILCS 5/4-402) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 4-402)
    Sec. 4-402. This amendatory Act of 1985 shall not affect pending actions or proceedings, civil or criminal, in any court or other tribunal brought by or against the People of the State of Illinois or the Illinois Commerce Commission or by any other person, firm or corporation under the provisions of this Act or any other Act establishing or conferring power on the Commission, nor abate any causes of action arising thereunder, but the same may be instituted, prosecuted and defended with the same effect as though this amendatory Act had not been passed. Any investigation, hearing or proceeding, instituted or conducted by the Commission prior to the taking effect of this amendatory Act shall be conducted and continued to a final determination by the Commission with the same effect as if this amendatory Act had not been passed.
    All findings, orders, decisions, rules and regulations issued or promulgated by the Commission under this Act or any other Act establishing or conferring power on the Commission, shall continue in force; and the Commission hereby created shall have all powers with respect to said findings, orders, decisions, rules and regulations as though said findings, orders, decisions, rules and regulations had been made, issued or promulgated by the Commission under this amendatory Act. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, where applicable, the Commission shall amend its findings, orders, decisions, rules and regulations to conform to the provisions of this Act as soon as practicable after the effective date.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/4-404

    (220 ILCS 5/4-404)
    Sec. 4-404. Protection of confidential and proprietary information. The Commission shall provide adequate protection for confidential and proprietary information furnished, delivered or filed by any person, corporation or other entity, including proprietary information provided to the Commission by the Illinois Power Agency.
(Source: P.A. 95-481, eff. 8-28-07.)

220 ILCS 5/4-501

    (220 ILCS 5/4-501)
    Sec. 4-501. Small public utilities and telecommunications carriers; circuit court appointment of receiver; bond.
    (a) If a public utility or telecommunications carrier that has fewer than 7,500 customers:
        (1) is unable or unwilling to provide safe, adequate,
    
or reliable service;
        (2) no longer possesses sufficient technical,
    
financial, or managerial resources and abilities to provide safe, adequate, or reliable service;
        (3) has been actually or effectively abandoned by its
    
owners or operators;
        (4) has defaulted on a bond, note, or loan issued or
    
guaranteed by a department, office, commission, board, authority, or other unit of State government;
        (5) has failed to comply, within a reasonable period
    
of time, with an order of the Commission concerning the safety, adequacy, efficiency, or reasonableness of service; or
        (6) has allowed property owned or controlled by it to
    
be used in violation of a final order of the Commission;
the Commission may file a petition for receivership and a verifying affidavit executed by the executive director of the Commission or a person designated by the executive director asking the circuit court for an order attaching the assets of the public utility or telecommunications carrier and placing the public utility or telecommunications carrier under the control and responsibility of a receiver.
    (b) The court shall hold a hearing within 5 days of the filing of the petition. The petition and notice of the hearing shall be served upon the owner or designated agent of the public utility or telecommunications carrier as provided under the Civil Practice Law, or the petition and notice of hearing shall be posted in a conspicuous area at a location where the public utility or telecommunications carrier normally conducts its business affairs, not later than 3 days before the time specified for the hearing unless a different period is fixed by order of court.
    If a petition for receivership and verifying affidavit executed by the executive director of the Commission or the person designated by the executive director allege an immediate and serious danger to residents constituting an emergency, the court shall set the matter for hearing within 3 days and may appoint a temporary receiver ex parte upon the strength of the petition and affidavit pending a full evidentiary hearing. The court shall hold a full evidentiary hearing on the petition within 5 days of the appointment of the temporary receiver. The public utility or telecommunications carrier shall be served with the petition, affidavit, and notice of hearing in the manner provided in this subsection not later than 3 days before the time specified for the full evidentiary hearing, unless a different period is fixed by order of court.
    (c) After a hearing, the court shall determine whether to grant the petition. A receiver appointed under this Section shall be a responsible person, partnership, or corporation knowledgeable in the operation of the type of public utility or telecommunications carrier that is the subject of the petition for receivership.
    (d) A receiver appointed by the court shall file a bond. The receiver shall operate the public utility or telecommunications carrier to preserve its assets and to serve the best interests of its customers. The receiver appointed shall directly or by its agents and attorneys enter upon and take possession of the public utility's or telecommunications carrier's facilities and operations and may exclude from the public utility's or telecommunications carrier's facilities any or all of the public utility's or telecommunications carrier's officers, agents, or employees and all persons claiming under them. The receiver shall have possession and control the facilities and shall exercise all rights and powers with respect to the facilities that could be exercised by the public utility or telecommunications carrier. The receiver shall maintain, restore, insure, and make all proper repairs to the public utility or telecommunications facilities. The receiver shall have the powers and duties necessary for the continued operation of the public utility or telecommunications carrier and the provision of continuous and adequate services to customers.
    (e) The receiver shall, in the performance of the powers conferred, act under the supervision of the court making the appointment. The receiver is at all times subject to the orders of the court and may be removed by the court. The court may enter other orders that it considers appropriate for the exercise by the receiver of functions specifically set forth in this Section. The receiver shall be compensated from the assets of the public utility or telecommunications carrier in an amount to be determined by the court. In addition, in a suit, action, or proceeding by or against the receiver of a public utility or telecommunications carrier, the fees, counsel fees, and expenses of the receiver, if any, that are incurred to prosecute or defend the suit, action, or proceeding shall be paid out of the assets of the public utility or telecommunications carrier.
    (f) If the receiver determines that the public utility's or telecommunications carrier's actions that caused it to be placed under the control and responsibility of the receiver were due to misappropriation or wrongful diversion of the assets or income of the company or to other misconduct by a director, officer, or manager of the company, the receiver shall file a petition with the circuit court that issued the order of receivership for an order that the director, officer, or manager be ordered to pay compensatory damages to the company because of the misappropriation, diversion, or misconduct.
    (g) Control of and responsibility for the public utility or telecommunications carrier shall remain in the receiver until, upon a showing of good cause by the public utility or telecommunications carrier, the court determines that it is in the best interests of its customers that the public utility or telecommunications carrier be returned to the owners or the court determines that the receiver is no longer required. The court may also direct the receiver to liquidate the assets of the public utility or telecommunications carrier in the manner provided by law.
    (h) The appointment of a receiver shall be in addition to any other remedies provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

220 ILCS 5/4-502

    (220 ILCS 5/4-502)
    Sec. 4-502. Small public utility or telecommunications carrier; acquisition by capable utility; Commission determination; procedure.
    (a) The Commission may provide for the acquisition of a small public utility or telecommunications carrier by a capable public utility or telecommunications carrier, if the Commission, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, determines one or more of the following:
        (1) the small public utility or telecommunications
    
carrier is failing to provide safe, adequate, or reliable service;
        (2) the small public utility or telecommunications
    
carrier no longer possesses sufficient technical, financial, or managerial resources and abilities to provide the service or services for which its certificate was originally granted;
        (3) the small public utility or telecommunications
    
carrier has been actually or effectively abandoned by its owners or operators;
        (4) the small public utility or telecommunications
    
carrier has defaulted on a bond, note, or loan issued or guaranteed by a department, office, commission, board, authority, or other unit of State government;
        (5) the small public utility or telecommunications
    
carrier has wilfully failed to comply with any provision of this Act, any other provision of State or federal law, or any rule, regulation, order, or decision of the Commission; or
        (6) the small public utility or telecommunications
    
carrier has wilfully allowed property owned or controlled by it to be used in violation of this Act, any other provision of State or federal law, or any rule, regulation, order, or decision of the Commission.
    (b) As used in this Section, "small public utility or telecommunications carrier" means a public utility or telecommunications carrier that regularly provides service to fewer than 7,500 customers.
    (c) In making a determination under subsection (a), the Commission shall consider all of the following:
        (1) The financial, managerial, and technical ability
    
of the small public utility or telecommunications carrier.
        (2) The financial, managerial, and technical ability
    
of all proximate public utilities or telecommunications carriers providing the same type of service.
        (3) The expenditures that may be necessary to make
    
improvements to the small public utility or telecommunications carrier to assure compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory standards concerning the adequacy, efficiency, safety, or reasonableness of utility service.
        (4) The expansion of the service territory of the
    
acquiring capable public utility or telecommunications carrier to include the service area of the small public utility or telecommunications carrier to be acquired.
        (5) Whether the rates charged by the acquiring
    
capable public utility or telecommunications carrier to its acquisition customers will increase unreasonably because of the acquisition.
        (6) Any other matter that may be relevant.
    (d) For the purposes of this Section, a "capable public utility or telecommunications carrier" means a public utility, as defined under Section 3-105 of this Act, including those entities listed in items (1) through (5) of subsection (b) of Section 3-105, or a telecommunications carrier, as defined under Section 13-202 of this Act, including those entities listed in subsections (a) and (b) of Section 13-202, that:
        (1) regularly provides the same type of service as
    
the small public utility or telecommunications carrier, to 7,500 or more customers, and provides safe, adequate, and reliable service to those customers; however, public utility or telecommunications carrier that would otherwise be a capable public utility except for the fact that it has fewer than 7,500 customers may elect to be a capable public utility or telecommunications carrier for the purposes of this Section regardless of the number of its customers and regardless of whether or not it is proximate to the small public utility or telecommunications carrier to be acquired;
        (2) is not an affiliated interest of the small public
    
utility or telecommunications carrier;
        (3) agrees to acquire the small public utility or
    
telecommunications carrier that is the subject of the proceeding, under the terms and conditions contained in the Commission order approving the acquisition; and
        (4) is financially, managerially, and technically
    
capable of acquiring and operating the small public utility or telecommunications carrier in compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory standards.
    (e) The Commission may, on its own motion or upon petition, initiate a proceeding in order to determine whether an order of acquisition should be entered. Upon the establishment of a prima facie case that the acquisition of the small public utility or telecommunications carrier would be in the public interest and in compliance with the provisions of this Section all of the following apply:
        (1) The small public utility or telecommunications
    
carrier that is the subject of the acquisition proceedings has the burden of proving its ability to render safe, adequate, and reliable service at just and reasonable rates.
        (2) The small public utility or telecommunications
    
carrier that is the subject of the acquisition proceedings may present evidence to demonstrate the practicality and feasibility of the following alternatives to acquisition:
            (A) the reorganization of the small public
        
utility or telecommunications carrier under new management;
            (B) the entering of a contract with another
        
public utility, telecommunications carrier, or a management or service company to operate the small public utility or telecommunications carrier;
            (C) the appointment of a receiver to operate the
        
small public utility or telecommunications carrier, in accordance with the provisions of Section 4-501 of this Act; or
            (D) the merger of the small public utility or
        
telecommunications carrier with one or more other public utilities or telecommunications carriers.
        (3) A public utility or telecommunications carrier
    
that desires to acquire the small public utility or telecommunications carrier has the burden of proving that it is a capable public utility or telecommunications carrier.
    (f) Subject to the determinations and considerations required by subsections (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) of this Section, the Commission shall issue an order concerning the acquisition of the small public utility or telecommunications carrier by a capable public utility or telecommunications carrier. If the Commission finds that the small public utility or telecommunications carrier should be acquired by the capable public utility or telecommunications carrier, the order shall also provide for the extension of the service area of the acquiring capable public utility or telecommunications carrier.
    (g) The price for the acquisition of the small public utility or telecommunications carrier shall be determined by agreement between the small public utility or telecommunications carrier and the acquiring capable public utility or telecommunications carrier subject to a determination by the Commission that the price is reasonable. If the small public utility or telecommunications carrier and the acquiring capable public utility or telecommunications carrier are unable to agree on the acquisition price or the Commission disapproves the acquisition price upon which they have agreed, the Commission shall issue an order directing the acquiring capable public utility or telecommunications carrier to acquire the small public utility or telecommunications carrier by following the procedure prescribed for the exercise of the powers of eminent domain under Section 8-509 of this Act.
    (h) The Commission may, in its discretion and for a reasonable period of time after the date of acquisition, allow the acquiring capable public utility or telecommunications carrier to charge and collect rates from the customers of the acquired small public utility or telecommunications carrier under a separate tariff.
    (i) A capable public utility or telecommunications carrier ordered by the Commission to acquire a small public utility or telecommunications carrier shall submit to the Commission for approval before the acquisition a plan, including a timetable, for bringing the small public utility or telecommunications carrier into compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory standards.
(Source: P.A. 95-481, eff. 8-28-07.)

220 ILCS 5/4-601

    (220 ILCS 5/4-601)
    Sec. 4-601. Consumer protection laws.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that consumer protection is vital to the health, safety, and welfare of Illinois consumers.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Commission and its staff shall:
        (1) work cooperatively with law enforcement
    
authorities, including the Attorney General and State's Attorneys, in their enforcement of consumer protection laws, including the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act;
        (2) provide any materials or documents already in the
    
Commission's possession requested by the Attorney General or a State's Attorney pertaining to the enforcement of consumer protection laws; any materials or documents that are proprietary shall not be made public unless the designation as proprietary has been removed by a court or legal body of competent jurisdiction, or the agreement of the parties; and
        (3) upon written request, forward any complaints
    
regarding alleged violations of any consumer protection law to the Attorney General and the State's Attorney of the appropriate county or counties.
    (c) Subject to subdivision (1) of Section 10b of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, the Attorney General and the State's Attorney of any county shall have available all remedies and authority granted to them by the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. The remedies for violations of this Act and its rules are not intended to replace other remedies that may be imposed for violations of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and are in addition to, and not in substitution for, such other remedies, nor is this Act intended to remove any statutorily defined defenses.
(Source: P.A. 93-881, eff. 1-1-05.)

220 ILCS 5/4-602

    (220 ILCS 5/4-602)
    Sec. 4-602. Electric utility workforce study.
    (a) The Commission shall conduct a comprehensive workforce analysis study of each electric utility to determine the adequacy of the total in-house staffing in each job classification or job title critical to maintaining quality reliability and restoring service in each electric utility's service territory. Each report shall contain a yearly detailed comparison beginning with 1995 and ending in 2006 of each electric utility's ratio of:
        (1) in-house workers, commonly referred to as
    
"linemen", to customers;
        (2) customer service call-center employees to
    
customers; and
        (3) meter service or repair employees to customers.
    The ratios shall be reported from each utility's named service area, district, division, outlying area, village, municipality, reporting point, or region. The analysis shall determine the total number of contractor employees for the same time frame and shall be conducted in the same manner as the in-house analysis.
    (b) The Commission may hold public hearings while conducting the analysis to assist in the adequacy of the study. The Commission must hold public hearings on the study and present the results to the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2009.
    (c) An electric utility shall bear the costs of issuing any reports required by this Section and it shall not be entitled to recovery of any costs incurred in complying with this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-81, eff. 8-13-07.)

220 ILCS 5/4-603

    (220 ILCS 5/4-603)
    Sec. 4-603. Adequate employment for in-house utility employees. The staff of the Commission shall develop benchmarks for employee staffing levels for each classification and employee training for each classification, subject to the requirements of Section 4-602 of this Act, within one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 95-81, eff. 8-13-07; 96-582, eff. 8-18-09.)

220 ILCS 5/Art. V

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. V heading)
ARTICLE V. DUTIES OF PUBLIC UTILITIES
ACCOUNTS AND REPORTS

220 ILCS 5/5-101

    (220 ILCS 5/5-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-101)
    Sec. 5-101. Every public utility shall furnish to the Commission all information required by it to carry into effect the provisions of this Act, and shall make specific answers to all questions submitted by the Commission.
    Any public utility receiving from the Commission any blanks with directions to fill the same, shall cause the same to be properly filled out so as to answer fully and correctly each question therein propounded, and in case it is unable to answer any question, it shall give a good and sufficient reason for such failure; and said answer shall be verified under oath by the president, secretary, superintendent or general manager of such public utility and returned to the Commission at its office within the period fixed by the Commission.
    Whenever required by the Commission, every public utility shall deliver to the Commission, any or all maps, profiles, reports, documents, books, accounts, papers and records in its possession, or in any way relating to its property or affecting its business, and inventories of its property, in such form as the Commission may direct, or verified copies of any or all of the same.
    Every public utility shall obey and comply with each and every requirement of this Act and every order, decision, direction, rule or regulation made or prescribed by the Commission in the matters herein specified, or any other matter in any way relating to or affecting its business as a public utility, and shall do everything necessary or proper in order to secure compliance with and observance of this Act and every such order, decision, direction, rule or regulation by all of its officers, agents and employees.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/5-102

    (220 ILCS 5/5-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-102)
    Sec. 5-102. The Commission shall have power to establish a uniform system of accounts to be kept by public utilities or to classify public utilities and to establish a uniform system of accounts for each class and to prescribe the manner in which such accounts shall be kept. It may also, in its discretion, prescribe the forms of accounts to be kept by public utilities, including records of service, as well as accounts of earnings and expenses, and any other forms, records and memoranda which in the judgment of the Commission may be necessary to carry out any of the provisions of this Act. The system of accounts established by the Commission and the forms of accounts prescribed by it shall not be inconsistent, in the case of corporations subject to the provisions of the Act of Congress entitled, "An Act to regulate commerce," approved February fourth, eighteen hundred and eighty-seven, and the Acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto, with the systems and forms from time to time established for such corporations by the Interstate Commerce Commission, but nothing herein contained shall affect the power of the Commission to prescribe forms of accounts for such corporations, with the approval of the Interstate Commerce Commission, covering information in addition to that required by the Interstate Commerce Commission. Where the Commission has prescribed the forms of accounts to be kept by any public utility for any of its business, it shall thereafter be unlawful for such public utility to keep any accounts for such business other than those prescribed or approved by the Commission, or those prescribed by or under the authority of any other state or of the United States.
    The Commission may, from time to time, alter, amend or repeal, in whole or in part, any uniform system of accounts, or the form and manner of keeping accounts.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/5-103

    (220 ILCS 5/5-103) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-103)
    Sec. 5-103. Such systems of accounts shall provide for forms showing all sources of incomes, the amounts due and received from each source and the amounts expended and due for each purpose, distinguishing clearly all payments for operating expenses from those for new construction, extensions and additions and for balance sheets showing assets and liabilities and various forms of proprietary interest.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/5-104

    (220 ILCS 5/5-104) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-104)
    Sec. 5-104. Depreciation accounts.
    (a) The Commission shall have power, after hearing, to require any or all public utilities, except electric public utilities, to keep such accounts as will adequately reflect depreciation, obsolescence and the progress of the arts. The Commission may, from time to time, ascertain and determine and by order fix the proper and adequate rate of depreciation of the several classes of property for each public utility; and each public utility shall conform its depreciation accounts to the rates so ascertained, determined and fixed.
    (b) The Commission shall have the power, after hearing, to require any or all electric public utilities to keep such accounts as will adequately reflect depreciation, obsolescence, and the progress of the arts. The Commission may, from time to time, ascertain and determine and by order fix the proper and adequate rate of depreciation of the several classes of property for each electric public utility; and each electric public utility shall thereafter, absent further order of the Commission, conform its depreciation accounts to the rates so ascertained, determined and fixed until at least the end of the first full calendar year following the date of such determination.
    (c) An electric public utility may from time to time alter the annual rates of depreciation, which for purposes of this subsection (c) and subsection (d) shall include amortization, that it applies to its several classes of assets so long as the rates are consistent with generally accepted accounting principles. The electric public utility shall file a statement with the Commission which shall set forth the new rates of depreciation and which shall contain a certification by an independent certified public accountant that the new rates of depreciation are consistent with generally accepted accounting principles. Upon the filing of such statement, the new rates of depreciation shall be deemed to be approved by the Commission as the rates of depreciation to be applied thereafter by the public utility as though an order had been entered pursuant to subsection (b).
    (d) In any proceeding conducted pursuant to Section 9-201 or 9-202 to set an electric public utility's rates for service, the Commission may determine not to use, in determining the depreciation expense component of the public utility's rates for service, the rates of depreciation established pursuant to subsection (c), if the Commission in that proceeding finds based on the record that different rates of depreciation are required to adequately reflect depreciation, obsolescence and the progress of the arts, and fixes by order and uses for purposes of that proceeding new rates of depreciation to be thereafter employed by the electric public utility until the end of the first full calendar year following the date of the determination and thereafter until altered in accordance with subsection (b) or (c) of this Section.
    (e) A gas public utility serving more than 1,600,000 customers as of January 1, 2013 may from time to time alter the annual rates of depreciation, which for purposes of this subsection (e) shall include amortization, that the gas public utility applies to its several classes of assets so long as the rates are consistent with generally accepted accounting principles. The gas public utility shall file testimony with the Commission setting forth the new rates of depreciation that shall include: (i) a summary of the causes for the change in depreciation rates; (ii) a certification by an independent certified public accountant that the new rates of depreciation are consistent with generally accepted accounting principles; (iii) the depreciation study; and (iv) the expected impact on depreciation expense from the new depreciation rates. The gas public utility shall also simultaneously submit to the Commission all work papers that support the filed depreciation study. No later than 120 days after the filing by the gas public utility under this subsection (e), the Commission shall ascertain and determine and, by order, fix the proper and adequate rate of depreciation of the several classes of property for the gas public utility. The gas public utility shall conform its depreciation accounts to the rates so ascertained, determined, and fixed. Rates of depreciation established by the Commission pursuant to this subsection (e) shall become effective upon the date of the gas public utility's filing.
(Source: P.A. 98-473, eff. 8-16-13.)

220 ILCS 5/5-105

    (220 ILCS 5/5-105) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-105)
    Sec. 5-105. The Commission may provide for the examination and audit of all accounts, and all items shall be allocated to the accounts in the manner prescribed by the Commission. The officers and employees of the Commission shall have authority under the direction of the Commission to inspect and examine any and all books, accounts, papers, records and memoranda kept by such public utilities.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/5-106

    (220 ILCS 5/5-106) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-106)
    Sec. 5-106. Each public utility shall have an office in one of the cities, villages or incorporated towns in this State in which its property or some part thereof is located, and shall keep in said office all such books, accounts, papers, records and memoranda as shall be ordered by the Commission to be kept within the State. The address of such office shall be filed with the Commission. No books, accounts, papers, records or memoranda ordered by the Commission to be kept within the State shall be at any time removed from the State, except upon such conditions as may be prescribed by the Commission.
    Each public utility shall be liable for, and upon proper invoice from the Commission shall promptly reimburse the Commission for, the reasonable costs and expenses associated with the audit or inspection of any books, accounts, papers, records and memoranda kept outside the State.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/5-107

    (220 ILCS 5/5-107) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-107)
    Sec. 5-107. Any person who shall wilfully make any false entry in the accounts, or in any record or memoranda or by any other means or device falsify the record of any such account, record or memoranda, or who shall willfully neglect or fail to make full, true, and correct entries in such accounts, records, or memoranda of all facts in transactions appertaining to the business of the public utility, or shall keep any accounts or record other than those prescribed or approved by the Commission, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    If any such books, accounts, records or memoranda shall have been preserved for a period of at least three years, a public utility may with the consent of the Commission destroy such of them as in the judgment of the Commission may properly be destroyed.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/5-108

    (220 ILCS 5/5-108) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-108)
    Sec. 5-108. Any officer or employee of the Commission who divulges any fact or information coming to his knowledge during the course of an inspection, examination or investigation of any account, record, memorandum, book or paper of a public utility, except in so far as he may be authorized by the Commission or by a circuit court, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/5-109

    (220 ILCS 5/5-109) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-109)
    Sec. 5-109. Reports; false reports; penalty. Each public utility in the State, other than a commercial mobile radio service provider, shall each year furnish to the Commission, in such form as the Commission shall require, annual reports as to all the items mentioned in the preceding Sections of this Article, and in addition such other items, whether of a nature similar to those therein enumerated or otherwise, as the Commission may prescribe. Such annual reports shall contain all the required information for the period of 12 months ending on June 30 in each year, or ending on December 31 in each year, as the Commission may by order prescribe for each class of public utilities, except commercial mobile radio service providers, and shall be filed with the Commission at its office in Springfield within 3 months after the close of the year for which the report is made. The Commission shall have authority to require any public utility to file monthly reports of earnings and expenses of such utility, and to file other periodical or special, or both periodical and special reports concerning any matter about which the Commission is authorized by law to keep itself informed. All reports shall be under oath.
    When any report is erroneous or defective or appears to the Commission to be erroneous or defective, the Commission may notify the public utility to amend such report within 30 days, and before or after the termination of such period the Commission may examine the officers, agents, or employees, and books, records, accounts, vouchers, plant, equipment and property of such public utility, and correct such items in the report as upon such examination the Commission may find defective or erroneous.
    All reports made to the Commission by any public utility and the contents thereof shall be open to public inspection, unless otherwise ordered by the Commission. Such reports shall be preserved in the office of the Commission.
    Any public utility which fails to make and file any report called for by the Commission within the time specified; or to make specific answer to any question propounded by the Commission within 30 days from the time it is lawfully required to do so, or within such further time, not to exceed 90 days, as may in its discretion be allowed by the Commission, shall forfeit up to $100 for each and every day it may so be in default if the utility collects less than $100,000 annually in gross revenue; and if the utility collects $100,000 or more annually in gross revenue, it shall forfeit $1,000 per day for each and every day it is in default.
    Any person who willfully makes any false return or report to the Commission or to any member, officer, or employee thereof, any person who willfully, in a return or report, withholds or fails to provide material information to which the Commission is entitled under this Act and which information is either required to be filed by statute, rule, regulation, order, or decision of the Commission or has been requested by the Commission, and any person who willfully aids or abets such person shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

220 ILCS 5/5-110

    (220 ILCS 5/5-110)
    Sec. 5-110. Disclosure of customer information to law enforcement agencies. A public utility shall not disclose customer record information to a law enforcement agency unless the law enforcement agency requests the customer record information in writing, specifying that the information is necessary for a law enforcement purpose. Customer record information includes, but is not limited to, social security numbers, public aid numbers, and employment data. Nothing in this Section shall affect the Commission's access to information under this Act or any other law.
(Source: P.A. 90-727, eff. 8-7-98.)

220 ILCS 5/5-111

    (220 ILCS 5/5-111)
    Sec. 5-111. Natural gas performance reporting.
    (a) The General Assembly recognizes that for well over a century Illinois residents and businesses have relied on the natural gas utility system. The General Assembly finds that in order for a natural gas utility to provide safe, reliable, and affordable service to the State's current and future utility customers, a utility must refurbish, rebuild, modernize, and expand its infrastructure and adequately train its workforce on appropriate operations procedures and policies designed to effectively maintain its infrastructure.
    (b) A natural gas public utility shall report annually to the Commission the following information, compiled on a calendar-year basis, beginning with the first report on April 1, 2014:
        (1) the number of emergency calls with response
    
times exceeding both 30 minutes and 60 minutes and the number of emergency calls in which the utility stopped the flow of natural gas on the system or appropriately vented natural gas in a time exceeding both 60 minutes and 90 minutes;
        (2) the number of incidents of damage per thousand
    
gas facility locate requests to the utility's pipeline facilities resulting from utility error and the number of incidents of damage per thousand gas facility locate requests to the utility's pipeline facilities resulting from the fault of third parties;
        (3) the number of scheduled cathodic protection
    
readings below -0.850 volts;
        (4) the number of service lines that were inactive
    
for over 3 years and not disconnected from a source of supply;
        (5) the number of difficult to locate services
    
replaced;
        (6) the number of remotely-readable cathodic
    
protection devices;
        (7) the miles of main and numbers of services
    
replaced that were constructed of cast iron, wrought iron, ductile iron, unprotected coated steel, unprotected bare steel, mechanically coupled steel, copper, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate (CAB) plastic, pre-1973 DuPont Aldyl "A" polyethylene, PVC, or other types of materials identified by a State or federal governmental agency as being prone to leakage;
        (8) the number of miles of transmission facilities
    
on which maximum allowable operating pressures have been established;
        (9) the number of miles of transmission facilities
    
equipped with remotely controlled shut-off valve capability; and
        (10) the value in dollars of contracts in force
    
with minority-owned, female-owned, and qualified service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.
    (c) Reports required under this Section shall be submitted to the Commission by April 1 of each year. Reports shall be verified in the same manner as Form 21 ILCC and contain the information specified in subsection (b) of this Section for the preceding calendar year. The reports shall further identify the number of jobs attributable to each of the reporting requirements in (b)(1) through (b)(10) of this Section. Following the submission of a utility's initial report, subsequent reports by the utility shall state year-over-year changes in the information being reported. The Commission shall post the reports on the public portion of its web site.
    (d) A natural gas utility shall submit an annual plan specifying its goals for each of the items identified in subsection (b) of this Section, and such utility is expected to show reasonable and continuing progress in improving its performance under the criteria identified in subsection (b) of this Section. If the Commission finds, after notice and hearing, that a utility has failed to show progressive improvement in its performance under those criteria, the Commission may require the natural gas utility to submit a remediation plan for the criteria identified in subsection (b) of this Section designed to improve the utility's performance.
    (e) The Commission may adopt rules to implement the requirements of this Section.
    (f) This Section does not apply to a gas utility that on January 1, 2013 provided gas service to fewer than 100,000 customers in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 98-57, eff. 7-5-13.)

220 ILCS 5/5-115

    (220 ILCS 5/5-115)
    Sec. 5-115. Minority, female, veterans, small business reports and spending. The Commission shall require all regulated gas and electric utilities with at least 100,000 customers under its authority to submit an annual report by February 1, 2013 and each February 1 thereafter, in a searchable Adobe PDF format, on all procurement goals and actual spending for minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and small business enterprises in the previous calendar year. These goals shall be expressed as a percentage of the total work performed by the regulated utility, and the actual spending for all minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and small business enterprises shall also be expressed as a percentage of the total work performed by the regulated utility.
    Each regulated gas and electric utility with at least 100,000 customers shall submit the rules, regulations, and definitions used for their procurement goals in their annual report.
    The Commission shall publish each annual report on its website and shall maintain each annual report for at least 5 years.
(Source: P.A. 97-1041, eff. 8-20-12.)

220 ILCS 5/5-201

    (220 ILCS 5/5-201) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-201)
    Sec. 5-201. In case any public utility shall do, cause to be done or permit to be done any act, matter or thing prohibited, forbidden or declared to be unlawful, or shall omit to do any act, matter or thing required to be done either by any provisions of this Act or any rule, regulation, order or decision of the Commission, issued under authority of this Act, the public utility shall be liable to the persons or corporations affected thereby for all loss, damages or injury caused thereby or resulting therefrom, and if the court shall find that the act or omission was wilful, the court may in addition to the actual damages, award damages for the sake of example and by the way of punishment. An action to recover for such loss, damage or injury may be brought in the circuit court by any person or corporation.
    In every case of a recovery of damages by any person or corporation under the provisions of this Section, the plaintiff shall be entitled to a reasonable attorney's fee to be fixed by the court, which fee shall be taxed and collected as part of the costs in the case.
    No recovery as in this Section provided shall in any manner affect a recovery by the State of the penalties in this Act provided.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/5-202

    (220 ILCS 5/5-202) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-202)
    Sec. 5-202. Violations; penalty. Any public utility, any corporation other than a public utility, or any person acting as a public utility, that violates or fails to comply with any provisions of this Act or that fails to obey, observe, or comply with any order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement, or any part or provision thereof, of the Commission, made or issued under authority of this Act, in a case in which a penalty is not otherwise provided for in this Act, shall be subject to a civil penalty imposed in the manner provided in Section 4-203. A small public utility, as defined in subsection (b) of Section 4-502 of this Act, is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000 for each and every offense. All other public utilities, corporations other than a public utility, and persons acting as a public utility are subject to a civil penalty of up to $30,000 for each and every offense, except as provided in this Section and in Sections 13-101, 13-304, 13-305, and 5-202.1 of this Act.
    Every violation of the provisions of this Act or of any order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, or any part or portion thereof, by any corporation or person, is a separate and distinct offense, provided, however, that if the same act or omission violates more than one provision of this Act, or of any order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, only one penalty or cumulative penalty may be imposed for such act or omission. In case of a continuing violation, each day's continuance thereof shall be a separate and distinct offense, provided, however, that the cumulative penalty for any continuing violation shall not exceed $500,000, except in the case of a small utility, as defined in subsection (b) of Section 4-502 of this Act, in which case the cumulative penalty for any continuing violation shall not exceed $35,000, and provided further that these limits shall not apply where the violation was intentional and either (i) created substantial risk to the safety of the utility's employees or customers or the public or (ii) was intended to cause economic benefits to accrue to the violator.
    In construing and enforcing the provisions of this Act relating to penalties, the act, omission, or failure of any officer, agent, or employee of any public utility, corporation other than a public utility, or person acting as a public utility, that is acting within the scope of his official duties or employment, shall in every case be deemed to be the act, omission, or failure of such public utility, corporation other than a public utility, or person acting as a public utility.
    If the party who has violated or failed to comply with this Act or an order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, or any part or provision thereof, fails to seek timely review pursuant to Sections 10-113 and 10-201 of this Act, the party shall, upon expiration of the statutory time limit, be subject to the civil penalty provision of this Section.
    No penalties shall accrue under this provision until 15 days after the mailing of a notice to such party or parties that they are in violation of or have failed to comply with the Act or order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission or any part or provision thereof, except that this notice provision shall not apply when the violation was intentional.
(Source: P.A. 93-457, eff. 8-8-03.)

220 ILCS 5/5-202.1

    (220 ILCS 5/5-202.1)
    Sec. 5-202.1. Misrepresentation before Commission; penalty.
    (a) Any person or corporation, as defined in Sections 3-113 and 3-114 of this Act, who knowingly misrepresents facts or knowingly aids another in doing so or knowingly permits another to misrepresent facts through testimony or the offering or withholding of material information in any proceeding shall be subject to a civil penalty. Whenever the Commission is of the opinion that a person or corporation is misrepresenting or has misrepresented facts, the Commission may initiate a proceeding to determine whether a misrepresentation has in fact occurred. If the Commission finds that a person or corporation has violated this Section, the Commission shall impose a penalty of not less than $1,000 and not greater than $500,000. Each misrepresentation of a fact found by the Commission shall constitute a separate and distinct violation. In determining the amount of the penalty to be assessed, the Commission may consider any matters of record in aggravation or mitigation of the penalty, as set forth in Section 4-203, including but not limited to the following:
        (1) the presence or absence of due diligence on the
    
part of the violator in attempting to comply with the Act;
        (2) any economic benefits accrued, or expected to be
    
accrued, by the violator because of the misrepresentation; and
        (3) the amount of monetary penalty that will serve to
    
deter further violations by the violator and to otherwise aid in enhancing voluntary compliance with the Act.
    (b) Any action to enforce civil penalties arising under this Section shall be undertaken pursuant to Section 4-203.
(Source: P.A. 93-457, eff. 8-8-03.)

220 ILCS 5/5-203

    (220 ILCS 5/5-203) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 5-203)
    Sec. 5-203. Every person who, either individually, or acting as an officer, agent, or employee of a public utility or of a corporation other than a public utility, violates or fails to comply with any provisions of this Act, or fails to observe, obey or comply with any order, decision, rule, regulation, direction or requirement, or any part or portion thereof, of the Commission, made or issued under authority of this Act, or who procures, aids or abets any public utility in its violation of this Act or in its failure to obey, observe or comply with this Act or any such order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement, or any part or portion thereof, in a case in which a penalty is not otherwise provided for in this Act, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/Art. VI

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. VI heading)
ARTICLE VI. CAPITALIZATION

220 ILCS 5/6-101

    (220 ILCS 5/6-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 6-101)
    Sec. 6-101. The power of public utilities to issue stocks, stock certificates, bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness and to create liens on their property is a special privilege, the right of supervision, regulation, restriction and control of which is and shall continue to be vested in the State, and such power shall be exercised by the Commission hereby created according to the provisions of this Act and under such rules and regulations as the Commission may prescribe.
    The Commission shall provide, by serial number or other device to be placed on the face thereof, for the proper and easy identification of such stocks, stock certificates, bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness as may be issued by public utilities under the provisions of this article.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/6-102

    (220 ILCS 5/6-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 6-102)
    Sec. 6-102. Authorization of issues of stock.
    (a) Subject to the provisions of this Act and of the order of the Commission issued as provided in this Act, a public utility may issue stocks and stock certificates, and bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness payable at periods of more than 12 months after the date thereof for any lawful purpose. However, such public utility shall first have secured from the Commission an order authorizing such issue and stating the amount thereof and the purpose or purposes to which the issue or the proceeds thereof are to be applied, and that in the opinion of the Commission, the money, property or labor to be procured or paid for by such issue is reasonably required for the purpose or purposes specified in the order.
    (b) The provisions of this subsection (b) shall apply only to (1) any issuances of stock in a cumulative amount, exclusive of any issuances referred to in item (3), that are 10% or more in a calendar year or 20% or more in a 24-month period of the total common stockholders' equity or of the total amount of preferred stock outstanding, as the case may be, of the public utility, and (2) to any issuances of bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness in a cumulative principal amount, exclusive of any issuances referred to in item (3), that are 10% or more in a calendar year or 20% or more in a 24-month period of the aggregate principal amount of bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness of the public utility outstanding, all as of the date of the issuance, but shall not apply to (3) any issuances of stock or of bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness 90% or more of the proceeds of which are to be used by the public utility for purposes of refunding, redeeming or refinancing outstanding issues of stock, bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness. To enable it to determine whether it will issue the order required by subsection (a) of this Section, the Commission may hold a hearing and may make such additional inquiry or investigation, and examine such witnesses, books, papers, accounts, documents and contracts and require the filing of such data as it may deem of assistance. The public utility may be required by the Commission to disclose every interest of the directors of such public utility in any transaction under investigation. The Commission shall have power to investigate all such transactions and to inquire into the good faith thereof, to examine books, papers, accounts, documents and contracts of public utilities, construction or other companies or of firms or individuals with whom the public utility shall have had financial transactions, for the purpose of enabling it to verify any statements furnished, and to examine into the actual value of property acquired by or services rendered to such public utility. Before issuing its order, the Commission, when it is deemed necessary by the Commission, shall make an adequate physical valuation of all property of the public utility, but a valuation already made under proper public supervision may be adopted, either in whole or in part, at the discretion of the Commission; and shall also examine all previously authorized or outstanding securities of the public utility, and fixed charges attached thereto. A statement of the results of such physical valuation, and a statement of the character of all outstanding securities, together with the conditions under which they are held, shall be included in the order. The Commission may require that such information or such part thereof as it thinks proper, shall appear upon the stock, stock certificate, bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness authorized by its order. The Commission may by its order grant permission for the issue of such stock certificates, or bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness in the amount applied for, or in a lesser amount, or not at all, and may attach to the exercise of its permission such condition or conditions as it may deem reasonable and necessary. Nothing in this Section shall prevent a public utility from seeking, nor the Commission from approving, a shelf registration plan for issuing securities over a reasonable period in accordance with regulations established by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Any securities issued pursuant to an approved shelf registration plan need not be further approved by the Commission so long as they are in compliance with the approved shelf registration plan. The Commission shall have the power to refuse its approval of applications to issue securities, in whole or in part, upon a finding that the issue of such securities would be contrary to public interest. The Commission may also require the public utility to compile for the information of its shareholders such facts in regard to its financial transactions, in such form as the Commission may direct.
    No public utility shall, without the consent of the Commission, apply the issue of any stock or stock certificates, or bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, which was issued pursuant to an order of the Commission entered pursuant to this subsection (b), or any part thereof, or any proceeds thereof, to any purpose not specified in the Commission's order or to any purpose specified in the Commission's order in excess of the amount authorized for such purpose; or issue or dispose of the same on any terms less favorable than those specified in such order, or a modification thereof. The Commission shall have the power to require public utilities to account for the disposition of the proceeds of all sales of stocks and stock certificates, and bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness, which were issued pursuant to an order of the Commission entered pursuant to this subsection (b), in such form and detail as it may deem advisable, and to establish such rules and regulations as it may deem reasonable and necessary to insure the disposition of such proceeds for the purpose or purposes specified in its order.
    (c) A public utility may issue notes, for proper purposes, and not in violation of any provision of this Act or any other Act, payable at periods of not more than 12 months after the date of issuance of the same, without the consent of the Commission; but no such note shall, in whole or in part, be renewed or be refunded from the proceeds of any other such note or evidence of indebtedness from time to time without the consent of the Commission for an aggregate period of longer than 2 years. A "telecommunications carrier" as that term is defined by Section 13-202 of this Act is exempt from the requirements of this subsection (c).
    (d) Any issuance of stock or of bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, other than issuances of notes pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section, which is not subject to subsection (b) of this Section, shall be regulated by the Commission as follows: the public utility shall file with the Commission, at least 15 days before the date of the issuance, an informational statement setting forth the type and amount of the issue and the purpose or purposes to which the issue or the proceeds thereof are to be applied. Prior to the date of the issuance specified in the public utility's filing, the Commission, if it finds that the issuance is not subject to subsection (b) of this Section, shall issue a written order in conformance with subsection (a) of this Section authorizing the issuance. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Act, the Commission may delegate its authority to enter the order required by this subsection (d) to a hearing examiner.
    (e) The Commission shall have no power to authorize the capitalization of the right to be a corporation, or to authorize the capitalization of any franchise, license, or permit whatsoever or the right to own, operate or enjoy any such franchise, license, or permit, in excess of the amount (exclusive of any tax or annual charge) actually paid to the State or to a political subdivision thereof as the consideration for the grant of such franchise, license, permit or right; nor shall any contract for consolidation or lease be capitalized, nor shall any public utility hereafter issue any bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness against or as a lien, upon any contract for consolidation or merger.
    (f) The provisions of this Section shall not apply to public utilities which are not corporations duly incorporated under the laws of this State to the extent that any such public utility may issue stock, bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness not directly or indirectly constituting or creating a lien or charge on, or right to profits from, any property used or useful in rendering service within this State. Nothing in this Section or in Section 6-104 of this Act shall be construed to require a common carrier by railroad subject to Part I of the Interstate Commerce Act, being part of an Act of the 49th Congress of the United States entitled "An Act to Regulate Commerce", as amended, to secure from the Commission authority to issue or execute or deliver any conditional sales contract or similar contract or instrument reserving or retaining title in the seller for all or part of the purchase price of equipment or property used or to be used for or in connection with the transportation of persons or property.
(Source: P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97; 91-69, eff. 7-9-99.)

220 ILCS 5/6-103

    (220 ILCS 5/6-103) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 6-103)
    Sec. 6-103. The capitalization of a public utility formed by a merger or consolidation of two or more corporations shall be subject to the approval of the Commission, but in no event shall the Commission approve a capitalization exceeding the sum of the capital stock of the corporations so consolidated, at the par value thereof, and any additional sum actually paid in cash for improvements; nor shall any contract for consolidation or lease be capitalized in the stock of any corporation whatever; nor shall any corporation hereafter issue any bonds against or as a lien upon any contract for consolidation or merger. In any reorganization of a public utility, resulting from forced sale, or in any other manner, the amount of capitalization, including therein all stocks and stock certificates and bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness, shall be such as is authorized by the Commission, which in making its determination, shall not exceed the fair value of the property involved. Issuance of stocks and stock certificates, and bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness in connection with any consolidation, merger, or reorganization shall be subject to all the terms of Sections 6-101 and 6-102 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/6-104

    (220 ILCS 5/6-104) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 6-104)
    Sec. 6-104. All stock and every stock certificate, and every bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, of a public utility, not payable within twelve months issued without an order of the Commission authorizing the same then in effect shall be void, unless issued upon the authority of any articles of incorporation or amendments thereto, and of a vote of the stockholders or directors, filed and taken before January 1, 1914, and likewise all stock and every stock certificate, and every bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness of a public utility not payable within 12 months, issued with the authorization of the Commission, but not conforming in its provisions to the provisions, if any, which it is required by the order of authorization of the Commission to contain, shall be void; but no failure in any other respect to comply with the terms or conditions of the order of authorization of the Commission shall render void any stock or stock certificate, or any bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, except as to a corporation or person taking the same with notice of the failure to comply with the order of the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/6-105

    (220 ILCS 5/6-105) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 6-105)
    Sec. 6-105. Every public utility which, directly or indirectly, issues or causes to be issued, any stock, stock certificate, bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, in non-conformity with the order of the Commission authorizing the same, or contrary to the provisions of this Act, or which applies the proceeds from the sale thereof, or any part thereof, to any purpose other than the purpose or purposes specified in the Commission's order, as herein provided, or to any purpose specified in the Commission's order in excess of the amount authorized for such purpose, shall be guilty of a business offense and shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $500 nor more than $20,000 for each offense.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/6-106

    (220 ILCS 5/6-106) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 6-106)
    Sec. 6-106. Every officer, agent or employee of a public utility, and every other person who knowingly authorizes, directs, issues or executes, causes to be issued or executed, or aids in the issue or execution of any stock, stock certificate, bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, in nonconformity with the order of the Commission authorizing the same, or contrary to the provisions of this Act; or who, in any proceeding before the Commission, knowingly makes any false statement or representation, or with the knowledge of its falsity files or causes to be filed with the Commission any false statement or representation, which said statement or representation so made, filed or cause to be filed, may tend in any way to influence the Commission to make an order authorizing the issue of any stock or stock certificate, or any bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, or which results in procuring from the Commission the making of any such order, or who, with knowledge that any false statement or representation was made to the Commission, in any proceeding, tending in any way to influence the Commission to make such order, issues or executes or negotiates, or causes to be issued, executed or negotiated any such stock or stock certificate, or bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, or who, directly or indirectly, knowingly applies, or causes or assists to be applied the proceeds or any part thereof, from the sale of any stock or stock certificate, or bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, to any purpose not specified in the Commission's order or to any purpose specified in the Commission's order in excess of the amount authorized for such purpose, or who, with knowledge that any stock or stock certificate, or bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, has been issued or executed in violation of any of the provisions of this Act, negotiates, or causes the same to be negotiated, shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/6-107

    (220 ILCS 5/6-107) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 6-107)
    Sec. 6-107. No provisions of this Act, and no deed or act done or performed under or in connection therewith, shall be held or construed to obligate the State of Illinois to pay or guarantee, in any manner whatsoever, any stock or stock certificate, or bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness, authorized, issued or executed under the provisions of this Act, nor shall it be held or construed to imply any validation or approval by the State of past issues, nor that past or future or past and future issues represent actual value of property owned or to be owned by a public utility or the value of such property for rate making purposes.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/6-108

    (220 ILCS 5/6-108) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 6-108)
    Sec. 6-108. The Commission shall charge every public utility receiving permission under this Act for the issue of stocks, bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness an amount equal to 12 cents for every $100 of the par or stated value of stocks, and 24 cents for every $100 of the principal amount of bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, authorized by the Commission, which shall be paid to the Commission no later than 30 days after service of the Commission order authorizing the issuance of those stocks, bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness. Provided, that if any such stock, bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness constitutes or creates a lien or charge on, or right to profits from, any property not situated in this State, this fee shall be paid only on the amount of any such issue which is the same proportion of the whole issue as the property situated in this State is of the total property on which such securities issue creates a lien or charge, or from which a right to profits is established; and provided further, that no public utility shall be required to pay any fee for permission granted to it by the Commission in any of the following cases:
    (1) To guarantee bonds or other securities.
    (2) To issue bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued for the purpose of converting, exchanging, taking over, refunding, discharging or retiring any bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness except:
        (a) When issued for an aggregate period of longer
    
than 2 years for the purpose of converting, exchanging, taking over, refunding, discharging or retiring any note, or renewals thereof, issued without the consent of the State Public Utilities Commission of Illinois or the Public Utilities Commission or the Illinois Commerce Commission; or
        (b) When issued for the purpose of converting,
    
exchanging, taking over, refunding, discharging or retiring bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued prior to January 1, 1914, and upon which no fee has been previously paid.
    (3) To issue shares of stock upon the conversion of convertible bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness or upon the conversion of convertible stock of another class in accordance with a conversion privilege contained in such convertible bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness or contained in such convertible stock, as the case may be, where a fee (in the amount payable under this Section in the case of evidences of indebtedness) has been previously paid for the issuance of such convertible bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, or where a fee (in the amount payable under this Section in the case of stocks) has been previously paid for the issuance of such convertible stock, or where such convertible stock was issued prior to July 1, 1951 and upon which no fee has been previously paid, as the case may be.
    (4) To issue shares of stocks for the purpose of redeeming or otherwise retiring, or in exchange for, other stocks, where the fee for the issuance of such other stocks has been previously paid, or where such other stocks were issued prior to July 1, 1951 and upon which no fee has been previously paid, as the case may be, but only to the extent that the par or stated value of the shares of stock so issued does not exceed the par or stated value of the other stocks redeemed or otherwise retired or exchanged.
    All fees collected by the Commission under this Section shall be paid within 10 days 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. 93-32, eff. 7-1-03.)

220 ILCS 5/Art. VII

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. VII heading)
ARTICLE VII. INTERCORPORATE RELATIONS

220 ILCS 5/7-101

    (220 ILCS 5/7-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-101)
    Sec. 7-101. Transactions with affiliated interests.
    (1) The Commission shall have jurisdiction over holders of the voting capital stock of all public utilities under the jurisdiction of the Commission to such extent as may be necessary to enable the Commission to require the disclosure of the identity in respective interests of every owner of any substantial interest in such voting capital stocks. One per centum or more is a substantial interest, within the meaning of this subdivision.
    (2) (i) Except as provided in subparagraph (ii) of this subsection (2), the Commission shall have jurisdiction over affiliated interests having transactions, other than ownership of stock and receipt of dividends thereon, with public utilities under the jurisdiction of the Commission, to the extent of access to all accounts and records of such affiliated interests relating to such transactions, including access to accounts and records of joint or general expenses, any portion of which may be applicable to such transactions; and to the extent of authority to require such reports with respect to such transactions to be submitted by such affiliated interests, as the Commission may prescribe.
    (ii) The Commission shall have jurisdiction over affiliated interests having transactions, other than ownership of stock and receipt of dividends thereon, with electric and gas public utilities under the jurisdiction of the Commission, to the extent of access to all accounts and records of such affiliated interests relating to such transactions, including access to accounts and records of joint and general expenses with the electric or gas public utility any portion of which is related to such transactions; and to the extent of authority to require such reports with respect to such transactions to be submitted by such affiliated interests, as the Commission may prescribe; provided, however, that prior to requesting such access or reports from the affiliated interest, the Commission shall first seek to obtain the information that would be included in such accounts, records or reports from the public utility. The Commission shall not have access to any accounts and records of, or require any reports from, an affiliated interest that are not related to a transaction, including without limitation a transfer or exchange of tangible or intangible assets, with the electric or gas public utility. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit the authority of the Commission otherwise provided under this Act to have access to accounts and records of, or to require reports from, the electric or gas public utility or to prescribe guidelines which the electric or gas public utility must follow in allocating costs to transactions with affiliated interests.
    For the purpose of this Section, the phrase "affiliated interests" means:
        (a) Every corporation and person owning or holding,
    
directly or indirectly, 10% or more of the voting capital stock of such public utility;
        (b) Every corporation and person in any chain of
    
successive ownership of 10% or more of voting capital stock;
        (c) Every corporation, 10% or more of whose voting
    
capital stock is owned by any person or corporation owning 10% or more of the voting capital stock of such public utility, or by any person or corporation in any such chain of successive ownership of 10% or more of voting capital stock;
        (d) Every corporation, 10% or more of whose voting
    
securities is owned, directly or indirectly by such public utility;
        (e) Every person who is an elective officer or
    
director of such public utility or of any corporation in any chain of successive ownership of 10% or more of voting capital stock;
        (f) Every corporation which has one or more elective
    
officers or one or more directors in common with such public utility;
        (g) Every corporation or person which the Commission
    
may determine as a matter of fact after investigation and hearing is actually exercising any substantial influence over the policies and actions of such public utility even though such influence is not based upon stock holding, stockholders, directors or officers to the extent specified in this Section;
        (h) Every person or corporation who or which the
    
Commission may determine as a matter of fact after investigation and hearing is actually exercising such substantial influence over the policies and actions of such public utility in conjunction with one or more other corporations or persons with which or whom they are related by ownership or blood relationship or by action in concert that together they are affiliated with such public utility within the meaning of this Section even though no one of them alone is so affiliated.
    No such person or corporation is affiliated within the meaning of this Section however, if such person or corporation is otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission or such person or corporation has not had transactions or dealings other than the holding of stock and the receipt of dividends thereon with such public utility during the 2 year period next preceding.
    (3) No management, construction, engineering, supply, financial or similar contract and no contract or arrangement for the purchase, sale, lease or exchange of any property or for the furnishing of any service, property or thing, hereafter made with any affiliated interest, as hereinbefore defined, shall be effective unless it has first been filed with and consented to by the Commission or is exempted in accordance with the provisions of this Section or of Section 16-111 of this Act. The Commission may condition such approval in such manner as it may deem necessary to safeguard the public interest. If it be found by the Commission, after investigation and a hearing, that any such contract or arrangement is not in the public interest, the Commission may disapprove such contract or arrangement. Every contract or arrangement not consented to or excepted by the Commission as provided for in this Section is void.
    The consent to, or exemption or waiver of consent to, any contract or arrangement under this Section or Section 16-111, does not constitute approval of payments thereunder for the purpose of computing expense of operation in any rate proceeding. However, the Commission shall not require a public utility to make purchases at prices exceeding the prices offered by an affiliated interest, and the Commission shall not be required to disapprove or disallow, solely on the ground that such payments yield the affiliated interest a return or rate of return in excess of that allowed the public utility, any portion of payments for purchases from an affiliated interest.
    (4) The Commission may by general rules applicable alike to all public utilities affected thereby waive the filing and necessity for approval of contracts and arrangements described in subparagraph (3) of this Section in cases of (a) contracts or arrangements made in the ordinary course of business for the employment of officers or employees; (b) contracts or arrangements made in the ordinary course of business for the purchase of services, supplies, or other personal property at prices not exceeding the standard or prevailing market prices, or at prices or rates fixed pursuant to law; (c) contracts or arrangements where the total obligation to be incurred under such contract or arrangement does not exceed the lesser of (i) $5,000,000 or (ii) 2% of the public utility's receipts from all tariffed services (as defined in Article XVI) in the preceding calendar year; (d) the temporary leasing, lending or interchanging of equipment in the ordinary course of business or in case of an emergency; and (e) contracts made by a public utility with a person or corporation whose bid is the most favorable to the public utility, as ascertained by competitive bidding. If the Commission, after a hearing, finds that any public utility is abusing or has abused such general rule and thereby is evading compliance with the standard established herein, the Commission may require such public utility to thereafter file and receive the Commission's approval upon all such transactions, but that general rule shall remain in full force and effect as to all other public utilities.
(Source: P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

220 ILCS 5/7-102

    (220 ILCS 5/7-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-102)
    Sec. 7-102. Transactions requiring Commission approval.
    (A) Unless the consent and approval of the Commission is first obtained or unless such approval is waived by the Commission or is exempted in accordance with the provisions of this Section or of any other Section of this Act:
        (a) No 2 or more public utilities may enter into
    
contracts with each other that will enable such public utilities to operate their lines or plants in connection with each other.
        (b) No public utility may purchase, lease, or in any
    
other manner acquire control, direct or indirect, over the franchises, licenses, permits, plants, equipment, business or other property of any other public utility.
        (c) No public utility may assign, transfer, lease,
    
mortgage, sell (by option or otherwise), or otherwise dispose of or encumber the whole or any part of its franchises, licenses, permits, plant, equipment, business, or other property, but the consent and approval of the Commission shall not be required for the sale, lease, assignment or transfer (1) by any public utility of any tangible personal property which is not necessary or useful in the performance of its duties to the public, or (2) by any railroad of any real or tangible personal property.
        (d) No public utility may by any means, direct or
    
indirect, merge or consolidate its franchises, licenses, permits, plants, equipment, business or other property with that of any other public utility.
        (e) No public utility may purchase, acquire, take or
    
receive any stock, stock certificates, bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness of any other public utility.
        (f) No public utility may in any manner, directly or
    
indirectly, guarantee the performance of any contract or other obligation of any other person, firm or corporation whatsoever.
        (g) No public utility may use, appropriate, or divert
    
any of its moneys, property or other resources in or to any business or enterprise which is not, prior to such use, appropriation or diversion essentially and directly connected with or a proper and necessary department or division of the business of such public utility; provided that this subsection shall not be construed as modifying subsections (a) through (e) of this Section.
        (h) No public utility may, directly or indirectly,
    
invest, loan or advance, or permit to be invested, loaned or advanced any of its moneys, property or other resources in, for, in behalf of or to any other person, firm, trust, group, association, company or corporation whatsoever, except that no consent or approval by the Commission is necessary for the purchase of stock in development credit corporations organized under the Illinois Development Credit Corporation Act, providing that no such purchase may be made hereunder if, as a result of such purchase, the cumulative purchase price of all such shares owned by the utility would exceed one-fiftieth of one per cent of the utility's gross operating revenue for the preceding calendar year.
    (B) Any public utility may present to the Commission for approval options or contracts to sell or lease real property, notwithstanding that the value of the property under option may have changed between the date of the option and the subsequent date of sale or lease. If the options or contracts are approved by the Commission, subsequent sales or leases in conformance with those options or contracts may be made by the public utility without any further action by the Commission. If approval of the options or contracts is denied by the Commission, the options or contracts are void and any consideration theretofore paid to the public utility must be refunded within 30 days following disapproval of the application.
    (C) The proceedings for obtaining the approval of the Commission provided for in this Section shall be as follows: There shall be filed with the Commission a petition, joint or otherwise, as the case may be, signed and verified by the president, any vice president, secretary, treasurer, comptroller, general manager, or chief engineer of the respective companies, or by the person or company, as the case may be, clearly setting forth the object and purposes desired, and setting forth the full and complete terms of the proposed assignment, transfer, lease, mortgage, purchase, sale, merger, consolidation, contract or other transaction, as the case may be. Upon the filing of such petition, the Commission shall, if it deems necessary, fix a time and place for the hearing thereon. After such hearing, or in case no hearing is required, if the Commission is satisfied that such petition should reasonably be granted, and that the public will be convenienced thereby, the Commission shall make such order in the premises as it may deem proper and as the circumstances may require, attaching such conditions as it may deem proper, and thereupon it shall be lawful to do the things provided for in such order. The Commission shall impose such conditions as will protect the interest of minority and preferred stockholders.
    (D) The Commission shall have power by general rules applicable alike to all public utilities, other than electric and gas public utilities, affected thereby to waive the filing and necessity for approval of the following: (a) sales of property involving a consideration of not more than $300,000 for utilities with gross revenues in excess of $50,000,000 annually and a consideration of not more than $100,000 for all other utilities; (b) leases, easements and licenses involving a consideration or rental of not more than $30,000 per year for utilities with gross revenues in excess of $50,000,000 annually and a consideration or rental of not more than $10,000 per year for all other utilities; (c) leases of office building space not required by the public utility in rendering service to the public; (d) the temporary leasing, lending or interchanging of equipment in the ordinary course of business or in case of an emergency; and (e) purchase-money mortgages given by a public utility in connection with the purchase of tangible personal property where the total obligation to be secured shall be payable within a period not exceeding one year. However, if the Commission, after a hearing, finds that any public utility to which such rule is applicable is abusing or has abused such general rule and thereby is evading compliance with the standard established herein, the Commission shall have power to require such public utility to thereafter file and receive the Commission's approval upon all such transactions as described in this Section, but such general rule shall remain in full force and effect as to all other public utilities to which such rule is applicable.
    (E) The filing of, and the consent and approval of the Commission for, any assignment, transfer, lease, mortgage, purchase, sale, merger, consolidation, contract or other transaction by an electric or gas public utility with gross revenues in all jurisdictions of $250,000,000 or more annually involving a sale price or annual consideration in an amount of $5,000,000 or less shall not be required. The Commission shall also have the authority, on petition by an electric or gas public utility with gross revenues in all jurisdictions of $250,000,000 or more annually, to establish by order higher thresholds than the foregoing for the requirement of approval of transactions by the Commission pursuant to this Section for the electric or gas public utility, but no greater than 1% of the electric or gas public utility's average total gross utility plant in service in the case of sale, assignment or acquisition of property, or 2.5% of the electric or gas public utility's total revenue in the case of other sales price or annual consideration, in each case based on the preceding calendar year, and subject to the power of the Commission, after notice and hearing, to further revise those thresholds at a later date. In addition to the foregoing, the Commission shall have power by general rules applicable alike to all electric and gas public utilities affected thereby to waive the filing and necessity for approval of the following: (a) sales of property involving a consideration of $100,000 or less for electric and gas utilities with gross revenues in all jurisdictions of less than $250,000,000 annually; (b) leases, easements and licenses involving a consideration or rental of not more than $10,000 per year for electric and gas utilities with gross revenues in all jurisdictions of less than $250,000,000 annually; (c) leases of office building space not required by the electric or gas public utility in rendering service to the public; (d) the temporary leasing, lending or interchanging of equipment in the ordinary course of business or in the case of an emergency; and (e) purchase-money mortgages given by an electric or gas public utility in connection with the purchase of tangible personal property where the total obligation to be secured shall be payable within a period of one year or less. However, if the Commission, after a hearing, finds that any electric or gas public utility is abusing or has abused such general rule and thereby is evading compliance with the standard established herein, the Commission shall have power to require such electric or gas public utility to thereafter file and receive the Commission's approval upon all such transactions as described in this Section and not exempted pursuant to the first sentence of this paragraph or to subsection (g) of Section 16-111 of this Act, but such general rule shall remain in full force and effect as to all other electric and gas public utilities.
    Every assignment, transfer, lease, mortgage, sale or other disposition or encumbrance of the whole or any part of the franchises, licenses, permits, plant, equipment, business or other property of any public utility, or any merger or consolidation thereof, and every contract, purchase of stock, or other transaction referred to in this Section and not exempted in accordance with the provisions of the immediately preceding paragraph of this Section, made otherwise than in accordance with an order of the Commission authorizing the same, except as provided in this Section, shall be void. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any transactions by or with a political subdivision or municipal corporation of this State.
    (F) The provisions of this Section do not apply to the purchase or sale of emission allowances created under and defined in Title IV of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (P.L. 101-549), as amended.
(Source: P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

220 ILCS 5/7-103

    (220 ILCS 5/7-103) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-103)
    Sec. 7-103. (1) Whenever the Commission finds that the capital of any public utility has become impaired, or will be impaired by the payment of a dividend, the Commission shall have power to order said public utility to cease and desist the declaration and payment of any dividend upon its common and preferred stock, and no such public utility shall pay any dividend upon its common and preferred stock until such impairment shall have been made good.
    (2) No utility shall pay any dividend upon its common stock and preferred stock unless:
    (a) The utility's earnings and earned surplus are sufficient to declare and pay same after provision is made for reasonable and proper reserves.
    (b) The dividend proposed to be paid upon such common stock can reasonably be declared and paid without impairment of the ability of the utility to perform its duty to render reasonable and adequate service at reasonable rates.
    (c) It shall have set aside the depreciation annuity prescribed by the Commission or a reasonable depreciation annuity if none has been prescribed.
    If any dividends on common stock are proposed to be declared and paid other than as above provided, the utility shall give the Commission at least thirty days' notice in writing of its intention to so declare and pay such dividends and the Commission shall authorize the payment of such dividends only if it finds that the public interest requires such payment. Provided, however, that the Commission may grant such authority upon such conditions as it may deem necessary to safeguard the public interest.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/7-104

    (220 ILCS 5/7-104) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-104)
    Sec. 7-104. In a proceeding before the Commission in which the consent and approval of the Commission to the sale, lease or other disposition of any real property owned by a public utility is sought, any tenant in possession who has been in possession of such property for more than 5 years and who has made substantial improvements to the property has standing to appear and offer evidence to the Commission with respect to the proposed disposition, and the Commission, in making its determination, shall consider the rights and equities of such tenant in possession.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1025.)

220 ILCS 5/7-105

    (220 ILCS 5/7-105)
    Sec. 7-105. (a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Sections 6-103, 7-101, 7-102, 7-203, 7-204, and 7-204A of this Act or any rule or regulation promulgated by the Commission, a public utility providing electric service to more than 500,000 customers in this State may, within 550 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 or any extension of time pursuant to Section 7-106 of this Act, without the approval or consent of, or prior filing for the approval or consent of, the Commission:
        (i) engage in only those transactions as are
    
reasonably necessary to create a holding company and make the public utility a subsidiary company of the holding company; and
        (ii) loan to such holding company prior to the 60th
    
day after the day on which such public utility becomes a subsidiary company of the holding company, amounts which, in the aggregate, do not exceed the lesser of $10,000,000 or 2.5% of the retained earnings of the public utility as reported on its most recent annual report to the Commission.
    (b) The terms of transactions authorized by Section 7-105(a)(i) shall require that the holding company pay, or reimburse the public utility for, all expenses incurred, services rendered, or facilities provided by the public utility engaging in such transactions. Such public utility shall incur no liabilities in or in connection with such transactions other than expenses incurred to effect such transactions. The terms of any loan authorized by Section 7-105(a)(ii) shall require that the loan (i) be repaid no later than the 240th day after the public utility becomes a subsidiary company of the holding company and (ii) bear interest at the rate of 10% per annum. Contracts or arrangements between the public utility and any of its affiliates, including the holding company, other than as authorized by Section 7-105(a), shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission under Sections 7-101, 7-102, 7-204A(b), and other applicable provisions, if any, of this Act.
    (c) Costs incurred by a public utility in effecting or attempting to effect any transaction authorized by this Section 7-105 shall not be included in rate base or treated as allowable expenses for purposes of determining the rates to be charged by the public utility.
    (d) Not later than the earlier of (i) the 30th day after a public utility or a company which seeks to become a holding company of such public utility in accordance with this Section 7-105 files any registration statement or application with any federal regulatory agency seeking authority for a transaction in which such public utility would become a subsidiary of such holding company or (ii) the 180th day after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993, such public utility or holding company shall file with the Commission, for the information of the Commission and the public, the information, to the extent available to such public utility or company on such day, described in Section 7-204A(a) of this Act, and such public utility or company shall, until the day on which such public utility becomes a subsidiary of a holding company, file with the Commission all additional such information, and corrections, amendments, or supplements to all previously filed such information, as soon as practicable after it becomes available to such public utility or company; provided, that nothing in this Section 7-105 eliminates or restricts the Commission's authority, on timely motion of any person or corporation, to enter an order to protect confidential, proprietary, or trade secret data or information filed with the Commission.
    (e) As used in Sections 7-105 and 7-106 of this Act, "subsidiary company" and "holding company" mean a "subsidiary company" and a "holding company" as defined in the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 88-83.)

220 ILCS 5/7-106

    (220 ILCS 5/7-106)
    Sec. 7-106. (a) Subject to the limitations contained in this Section 7-106, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Section 6-103 and items (f), (g), and (h) of subsection (A) of Section 7-102 of this Act or any rule or regulation promulgated by the Commission under this Act, a public utility that has filed, pursuant to Section 7-105(d) of this Act, the information described in Section 7-204A(a) of this Act, may, without the approval or consent of, or other prior filing with, the Commission, form, invest moneys denominated in United States dollars in, and guarantee contractual obligations of a subsidiary which engages in any business that provides to persons, corporations, municipal corporations, or other entities that are customers or potential customers of the public utility (i) heating, cooling, or lighting services; (ii) energy management services; or (iii) design, development, construction, engineering, financial, maintenance, management, or consulting services for owners, lessees, managers, or operators of facilities for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electricity; each such subsidiary is referred to in this Act as a "Section 7-106 subsidiary".
    (b) Prior to investing in or guaranteeing any contractual obligations of a Section 7-106 subsidiary, the utility shall file with the Commission a statement identifying all public utility assets or information in existence, such as customer lists, which the utility plans to transfer to or permit the Section 7-106 subsidiary or any associate or affiliate of the subsidiary to use, which statement shall include a description of the proposed terms and conditions under which the assets or information will be transferred or used.
    (c) In any proceeding pending before the Commission to determine the rates to be charged for electric service by a public utility which has a Section 7-106 subsidiary, or which is a subsidiary of a holding company formed under Section 7-105 of this Act, the Commission shall reduce the public utility's rates to reflect the additional amount of revenue it would have earned during the test year if the Section 7-106 subsidiary, such holding company, or any other subsidiary company of such holding company had not provided the customer with the services described in items (i), (ii), and (iii) of subsection (a) of this Section. The Commission shall not reduce the revenues of the public utility unless it finds that there was no reasonable probability that the customer would have obtained the services described in items (i), (ii), and (iii) of subsection (a) of this Section from another source (including the customer), if such subsidiary, holding company, or other subsidiary company had not entered into a contract or arrangement with the customer. A written statement by an employee or authorized agent of the customer that such services are available from other sources (including the customer) and that such agent or employee believes that there was a reasonable probability that the customer would have so obtained such services from another source (including the customer) shall constitute prima facie evidence of such reasonable probability. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed as limiting the authority of the Commission with respect to rates under any other Section of this Act.
    (d) The aggregate amount of a public utility's investments in, and guarantees of, the contractual obligations of Section 7-106 subsidiaries without the approval or consent of, or prior filing with, the Commission, outstanding at the time of and after giving effect to any such investment or guarantee, shall not exceed as of the date of such investment or guarantee an amount equal to the lesser of $170,000,000 or 20% of the retained earnings of the public utility as reported on its most recent annual report to the Commission. The amount of each such guarantee shall be limited to a maximum dollar amount which shall be specified in such guarantee. The terms of each such guarantee shall provide that it shall terminate, and it shall terminate, at the time that the public utility liquidates or transfers to any entity or person, the interest and investment of such public utility in the Section 7-106 subsidiary whose obligations are subject to such guarantee. The authority of a public utility to invest in and guarantee the contractual obligations of a Section 7-106 subsidiary without the approval or consent of, or prior filing with, the Commission, as permitted by this Section 7-106, shall expire on the date such public utility liquidates or transfers its interest and investment in such Section 7-106 subsidiary.
    (e) The Commission shall not consider the investment of a public utility in or its obligation to make an investment in a Section 7-106 subsidiary, or the guarantee by a public utility of contractual obligations of its Section 7-106 subsidiaries, in considering the amount or terms of any reparations or refunds to be made by such public utility to its customers.
    (f) On the date that a public utility becomes a subsidiary company of a holding company pursuant to Section 7-105 of this Act, such public utility shall either:
        (i) liquidate or transfer its interest and investment
    
in its Section 7-106 subsidiaries to such holding company or to any other entity or person in a transaction which does not require the prior approval or consent of the Commission under Section 7-101 or Section 7-102 of this Act, or
        (ii) file with the Commission for its approval under
    
Section 7-101 or Section 7-102 of this Act, a plan for such public utility to liquidate or transfer its interest and investment in its Section 7-106 subsidiaries.
    (g) If on the 550th day after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 such public utility is not a subsidiary company of a holding company, such public utility shall on such 550th day either:
        (i) liquidate or transfer its interest and investment
    
in its Section 7-106 subsidiaries to any entity or person in a transaction which does not require the prior approval or consent of the Commission under Section 7-101 or Section 7-102 of this Act, or
        (ii) file with the Commission for its approval under
    
Section 7-101 or Section 7-102 of this Act, a plan for such public utility to liquidate or transfer its interest and investment in its Section 7-106 subsidiaries, or
        (iii) file with the Commission a petition for an
    
extension of time within which: (A) to become a subsidiary company of a holding company and to take action pursuant to subsection (f) of this Section 7-106; or (B) to take action pursuant to either subparagraph (i) or subparagraph (ii) of subsection (g) of this Section 7-106. The Commission shall grant such extension to an appropriate date unless it finds that the public utility has not taken action in a timely and appropriate manner to seek all regulatory, shareholder, and other authority for or, after obtaining all such authority, has not taken action in a timely and appropriate manner to effect a transaction in which such public utility would become a subsidiary company of a holding company. If the Commission finds that the public utility has not taken action in a timely and appropriate manner to seek all regulatory, shareholder, and other authority for or, after obtaining all such authority, has not taken action in a timely and appropriate manner to effect a transaction in which such public utility would become a subsidiary company of a holding company, the Commission shall deny the public utility's petition and shall approve a plan for such public utility to liquidate or transfer its interests and investments in its Section 7-106 subsidiaries. During the pendency of the proceeding before the Commission initiated by the petition filed by the public utility, the utility may continue to engage in activities described in Sections 7-105 and 7-106, as provided therein.
    (h) Contracts or arrangements between a public utility and its Section 7-106 subsidiaries, including contracts or arrangements for any services described in Section 7-106 (a)(i), (ii), and (iii), but excluding investments and guarantees permitted by this Section 7-106, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission under Sections 7-101, 7-102, 7-204A(b), and other applicable provisions, if any, of this Act, except that such public utility may, pursuant to contracts or arrangements filed with the Commission, provide its Section 7-106 subsidiaries with office facilities or administrative and management services which are reasonably necessary for the management of the business of its Section 7-106 subsidiaries, which contracts or arrangements shall become effective upon such public utility filing with the Commission a petition seeking Commission approval thereof, and such contracts and arrangements shall remain in effect unless modified by the Commission after a hearing on such petition in which such public utility shall have the burden of proving the reasonable necessity of the provision of such facilities and services. Such contracts or arrangements shall require each Section 7-106 subsidiary to pay to the public utility the fair market value for the use of such facilities and services. The public utility shall keep its books of account and other records in a manner that will enable the Commission to determine the propriety of any allocation of costs between the public utility and its Section 7-106 subsidiaries. The burden of proving the propriety of any such allocation shall be on the public utility. The public utility shall also have the burden of proving that it has received or will receive fair market value for all facilities or services provided to its Section 7-106 subsidiaries under this Section 7-106.
    (i) The costs of any public utility investment in or guarantee of the contractual obligations of its Section 7-106 subsidiaries shall not be included in rate base or treated as allowable expenses for purposes of determining the rates to be charged by the public utility.
    (j) No public utility shall have any liability to any of its Section 7-106 subsidiaries, except any obligation it may have to make investments in such Section 7-106 subsidiaries in accordance with this Section 7-106. No public utility shall have any liability for any obligation or liability of any of its Section 7-106 subsidiaries, except under any guarantee of contractual obligations of such Section 7-106 subsidiaries made in accordance with this Section 7-106.
    (k) No Section 7-106 subsidiary shall engage in the repair or servicing of home or other consumer appliances except in emergencies posing a threat to life or property.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

220 ILCS 5/7-107

    (220 ILCS 5/7-107)
    Sec. 7-107. Nothing in Section 7-105 or 7-106 of this Act shall be construed as (a) limiting the ability of any public utility to engage in, or the authority of the Commission to authorize, any transaction subject to Section 7-101, 7-102, 7-204, or 7-204A of this Act as in effect prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 or (b) affecting the validity of any petition or application for authorization under Section 7-101, 7-102, 7-204, or 7-204A of this Act pending before the Commission as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993.
(Source: P.A. 88-83.)

220 ILCS 5/7-108

    (220 ILCS 5/7-108)
    Sec. 7-108. (a) Where an affiliate of an electric public utility has offered an unregulated sale of electricity, and such affiliate would use a portion of the utility's distribution or transmission facilities to distribute or transmit the electricity that is to be so sold, the utility shall make such portion of its facilities available to any other person or entity that offers to make such sale, at the same price and under the same terms and conditions as the utility makes such portion of its facilities available to its affiliate. Nothing contained in this Section 7-108(a) shall be construed as requiring or authorizing the Commission to require an electric public utility to make any portion of its facilities available to its affiliate.
    (b) Where an affiliate of a gas public utility has offered an unregulated sale of gas, and such affiliate would use a portion of the utility's distribution or transmission facilities to distribute or transmit the gas that is to be so sold, the utility shall make such portion of its facilities available to any other person or entity that offers to make such sale, at the same price and under the same terms and conditions as the utility makes such portion of its facilities available to its affiliate. Nothing contained in this Section 7-108(b) shall be construed as requiring or authorizing the Commission to require a gas public utility to make any portion of its facilities available to its affiliate.
    (c) As used in this Section 7-108:
        (1) The term "affiliate" shall mean (i) every
    
corporation and person owning or holding, directly or indirectly, 10% or more of the voting capital stock of a public utility; (ii) every corporation and person in any chain of successive ownership of 10% or more of the voting capital stock of such public utility; (iii) every corporation, 10% or more of whose voting capital stock is owned by any person or corporation owning 10% or more of the voting capital stock of such public utility, or by any person or corporation in any such chain of successive ownership of 10% or more of the voting capital stock of such public utility; (iv) every entity, 10% or more of whose voting securities is owned, directly or indirectly, by such public utility or by an entity described in clauses (i), (ii), or (iii) of this paragraph; and (v) every entity in which such public utility or an entity described in clauses (i), (ii), (iii), or (iv) of this paragraph owns, controls, or holds, directly or indirectly, a financial interest entitling it or a contract right potentially entitling it to 10% or more of revenues or profits and losses of any such entity.
        (2) the term "voting security" shall mean a "voting
    
security" as defined in the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended, and shall also mean any security giving the owner or holder thereof the privilege to convert such security in whole or in part into a voting security, or any security directly or indirectly secured in whole or in part by the pledge of a voting security.
        (3) the term "security" shall mean a "security" as
    
defined in the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended.
        (4) the term "unregulated sale" shall mean a sale of
    
electricity or gas to an end-user for use in facilities in this State, the price of which sale is not regulated by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 88-83.)

220 ILCS 5/7-201

    (220 ILCS 5/7-201) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-201)
    Sec. 7-201. No franchise, license, permit or right to own, operate, manage or control any public utility, except common carriers engaged in interstate commerce and except telegraph or telephone companies engaged in interstate commerce, and except other public utility companies owning or operating a public utility system situated partly in Illinois and partly in an adjoining State or States, shall be hereafter granted or transferred to any grantee or transferee other than a corporation duly incorporated under the laws of this State.
    No public utility shall be in any manner exempt from the provisions of this Act because or by virtue of the fact that it may be or may have been incorporated or organized under the laws of another State, or of the United States, or of a foreign country, except to the extent expressly provided herein.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/7-202

    (220 ILCS 5/7-202) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-202)
    Sec. 7-202. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98. Repealed internally, eff. 7-1-98.)

220 ILCS 5/7-203

    (220 ILCS 5/7-203) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-203)
    Sec. 7-203. No franchise, license, permit or right to own, operate, manage or control any public utility shall be assigned, transferred or leased nor shall any contract or agreement with reference to or affecting any such franchise, license, permit or right be valid or of any force or effect whatsoever, unless such assignment, lease, contract, or agreement shall have been approved by the Commission. Such permission shall not be construed to revive or validate any lapsed or invalid franchise, license, permit or right, or to enlarge or add to the powers and privileges contained in the grant of any franchise, license, permit or right, or to waive any forfeiture.
    The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any transactions by or with a political subdivision or municipal corporation organized under the laws of this State.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/7-204

    (220 ILCS 5/7-204) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-204)
    Sec. 7-204. Reorganization defined; Commission approval therefore.
    (a) For purposes of this Section, "reorganization" means any transaction which, regardless of the means by which it is accomplished, results in a change in the ownership of a majority of the voting capital stock of an Illinois public utility; or the ownership or control of any entity which owns or controls a majority of the voting capital stock of a public utility; or by which 2 public utilities merge, or by which a public utility acquires substantially all of the assets of another public utility; provided, however, that "reorganization" as used in this Section shall not include a mortgage or pledge transaction entered into to secure a bona fide borrowing by the party granting the mortgage or making the pledge.
    In addition to the foregoing, "reorganization" shall include for purposes of this Section any transaction which, regardless of the means by which it is accomplished, will have the effect of terminating the affiliated interest status of any entity as defined in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) or (d) of subsection (2) of Section 7-101 of this Act where such entity had transactions with the public utility, in the 12 calendar months immediately preceding the date of termination of such affiliated interest status subject to subsection (3) of Section 7-101 of this Act with a value greater than 15% of the public utility's revenues for that same 12-month period. If the proposed transaction would have the effect of terminating the affiliated interest status of more than one Illinois public utility, the utility with the greatest revenues for the 12-month period shall be used to determine whether such proposed transaction is a reorganization for the purposes of this Section. The Commission shall have jurisdiction over any reorganization as defined herein.
    (b) No reorganization shall take place without prior Commission approval. The Commission shall not approve any proposed reorganization if the Commission finds, after notice and hearing, that the reorganization will adversely affect the utility's ability to perform its duties under this Act. In reviewing any proposed reorganization, the Commission must find that:
        (1) the proposed reorganization will not diminish the
    
utility's ability to provide adequate, reliable, efficient, safe and least-cost public utility service;
        (2) the proposed reorganization will not result in
    
the unjustified subsidization of non-utility activities by the utility or its customers;
        (3) costs and facilities are fairly and reasonably
    
allocated between utility and non-utility activities in such a manner that the Commission may identify those costs and facilities which are properly included by the utility for ratemaking purposes;
        (4) the proposed reorganization will not
    
significantly impair the utility's ability to raise necessary capital on reasonable terms or to maintain a reasonable capital structure;
        (5) the utility will remain subject to all applicable
    
laws, regulations, rules, decisions and policies governing the regulation of Illinois public utilities;
        (6) the proposed reorganization is not likely to have
    
a significant adverse effect on competition in those markets over which the Commission has jurisdiction;
        (7) the proposed reorganization is not likely to
    
result in any adverse rate impacts on retail customers.
    (c) The Commission shall not approve a reorganization without ruling on: (i) the allocation of any savings resulting from the proposed reorganization; and (ii) whether the companies should be allowed to recover any costs incurred in accomplishing the proposed reorganization and, if so, the amount of costs eligible for recovery and how the costs will be allocated.
    (d) The Commission shall issue its Order approving or denying the proposed reorganization within 11 months after the application is filed. The Commission may extend the deadline for a period equivalent to the length of any delay which the Commission finds to have been caused by the Applicant's failure to provide data or information requested by the Commission or that the Commission ordered the Applicant to provide to the parties. The Commission may also extend the deadline by an additional period not to exceed 3 months to consider amendments to the Applicant's filing, or to consider reasonably unforeseeable changes in circumstances subsequent to the Applicant's initial filing.
    (e) Subsections (c) and (d) and subparagraphs (6) and (7) of subsection (b) of this Section shall apply only to merger applications submitted to the Commission subsequent to April 23, 1997. No other Commission approvals shall be required for mergers that are subject to this Section.
    (f) In approving any proposed reorganization pursuant to this Section the Commission may impose such terms, conditions or requirements as, in its judgment, are necessary to protect the interests of the public utility and its customers.
(Source: P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

220 ILCS 5/7-204A

    (220 ILCS 5/7-204A) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-204A)
    Sec. 7-204A. (a) No Illinois public utility may reorganize as defined in Section 7-204 until the Commission has approved the application therefor. The application for approval of reorganization must at a minimum include the following information:
    (1) The names and corporate relationships of all companies which are affiliated interests of the public utility on the date the public utility applies for reorganization and the name of any parent or subsidiary corporation of the public utility;
    (2) A description of how the public utility plans to reorganize, including, if available at the time of application:
    (i) copies of the organizational documents associated with the reorganization, including articles of incorporation or amendments to the articles of incorporation of all companies including the public utility and any affiliated interests;
    (ii) copies of any filings, including securities filings, related to the reorganization made with any agency of this State or the federal government;
    (3) The costs and fees attributable to the reorganization;
    (4) The method by which management, personnel, property, income, losses, costs and expenses will be allocated between the public utility and any affiliated interest;
    (5) A copy of any proposed agreement between the public utility and any person with which it will be an affiliated interest at the time of the application for reorganization; the application for reorganization shall be amended to provide the Commission with any proposed agreement up until the time the reorganization is approved;
    (6) An identification of all public utility assets or information in existence, such as customer lists, which the applicant plans to transfer to or permit an affiliated interest to use, which identification shall include a description of the proposed terms and conditions under which the assets or information will be transferred or used; and
    (7) A copy of a forecast showing the capital requirements of the public utility at the time of the proposed reorganization. The forecast shall include for each public utility on an annual basis for 5 years following the year of application:
    (i) projected capital requirements;
    (ii) sources of capital;
    (iii) the range of the projected capital structure; and
    (iv) the assumptions underlying the information included in the forecast.
    (b) No public utility may permit the use of any public utility employee's services by any affiliated interest except by contract or arrangement. No public utility may sell, lease, transfer to or exchange with any affiliated interest any property except by contract or arrangement. The contract or arrangement herein is subject to Commission review at the discretion of the Commission, in the same manner as it may review any other public utility and its affiliated interest.
    This Section 7-204A shall not apply to any telecommunications carrier regulated pursuant to Article XIII of this Act or to any public utility which became a subsidiary of another corporation prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989. However, this amendatory Act of 1989 may not be deemed to diminish the Commission's control and regulation over any public utility.
(Source: P.A. 86-218.)

220 ILCS 5/7-205

    (220 ILCS 5/7-205) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-205)
    Sec. 7-205. If any public utility is engaged in carrying on any business other than that of a public utility, which other business is not otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission, that public utility in respect of such other business shall be subject to inquiry, examination and inspection by the Commission in the same manner as the public utility business insofar as such inquiry, examination and inspection may be necessary to enforce any provision of this Act. The determination of the Commission that a necessity for any regulation of nonpublic business of a public utility exists shall be prima facie evidence of the fact in any action in a court of this State to enforce or set aside an order or ruling of the Commission.
    Every public utility and affiliated interest thereof shall provide the Commission with access to books, records, accounts, documents and other data and information which the Commission finds necessary to effectively implement and effectuate the provisions of Section 7-204.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/7-206

    (220 ILCS 5/7-206) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-206)
    Sec. 7-206. Separate accounts for nonpublic business of public utility. The Commission may require every public utility engaged directly or indirectly in any other than a public utility business, as defined by law, to keep separately in like manner and form the accounts of all such other business, and the Commission may provide for the examination and inspection of the books, accounts, papers and records of such other business, in so far as may be necessary to enforce any provisions of this Act. The Commission shall have the power to inquire as to and prescribe the apportionment of capitalization, earnings, debts and expenses fairly and justly to be awarded to or borne by the ownership, operation, management or control of such public utility as distinguished from such other business. Provided, however, that an electric or gas public utility shall not be required to maintain the accounts of any non-public utility business in the same manner and form as the electric or gas public utility is required to keep the accounts of its public utility business unless expressly ordered by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

220 ILCS 5/7-207

    (220 ILCS 5/7-207) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 7-207)
    Sec. 7-207. Nonprofit affiliates.
    (a) A public utility or telecommunications carrier may organize a not-for-profit corporation for the purpose of assisting low-income consumers in the acquisition of utility and telephone services. The not-for-profit corporation may be organized by a public utility, a telecommunications carrier, a combination of either or both, or in combination with any other person or organization upon application to and approval by the Commission.
    (b) The Commission shall promulgate reasonable rules and regulations for the administration of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-449.)

220 ILCS 5/7-208

    (220 ILCS 5/7-208)
    Sec. 7-208. HVAC affiliate marketing.
    (a) "HVAC affiliate" means all affiliated interests of a gas utility that provide heating, ventilating, or air conditioning services to customers within the service territory of the affiliated gas utility.
    (b) When an HVAC affiliate advertises or markets heating, ventilating, or air conditioning services to the public, it shall include a disclaimer that, if audible, is conspicuous and if printed is of sufficient size to be clearly legible, and that states:
    (Insert name of affiliate) is an affiliate of (insert name of gas utility) and is not regulated by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Customers are not required to buy products or services from (insert name of affiliate) in order to receive the same quality of service from the gas utility.
    (c) The requirements in subsection (b) apply to all forms of advertising and marketing, including, but not limited to, print, television, radio, internet, telephonic, bill inserts, and newsletters.
(Source: P.A. 92-852, eff. 8-26-02.)

220 ILCS 5/7-209

    (220 ILCS 5/7-209)
    Sec. 7-209. Marketing limitation; gas utilities. If a gas utility has an HVAC affiliate, the prohibition contained in this Section applies to the employees of the gas utility. While a gas utility employee is responding to a service call related to services provided under tariffs on file with the Illinois Commerce Commission, the employee of the gas utility is prohibited from marketing the services of an HVAC affiliate; provided, however, the gas utility employee may refer the customer to the telephone directory in response to specific requests for referrals. If a customer's gas appliance or gas service has been disconnected due to an emergency situation that requires immediate attention, a gas utility employee may provide to that customer a list, including contact phone numbers, that includes HVAC affiliates and non-affiliated entities that provide heating, ventilating, or air conditioning services.
(Source: P.A. 92-852, eff. 8-26-02.)

220 ILCS 5/7-210

    (220 ILCS 5/7-210)
    Sec. 7-210. Commission oversight of nonpublic, unregulated sales at retail of natural gas by public utilities.
    (a) This Section shall apply to any gas utility that served more than 60,000 gas customers but less than 75,000 gas customers in this State on January 1, 2000 and that provides competitive electric power and energy to electric delivery service customers through a business division of its electric utility pursuant to Section 16-116. For the purposes of this Section, terms shall have the same meaning as defined in Section 7-108, Article XVI, and Article XIX.
    (b) After the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, unregulated sales of natural gas by a gas utility within or outside its service area shall be subject to the provisions of this Section. This Section shall not be interpreted to invalidate any contract for unregulated sales of natural gas executed by a gas utility prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, but unregulated sales of natural gas pursuant to such contract after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly shall be subject to the provisions of this Section.
    (c) A gas utility offering unregulated sales of natural gas to an end-use customer within or outside its service area shall be subject to Sections 7-102(g), 7-205, 7-206, and 9-230 with respect to such sales.
    (d) Notwithstanding any language of Article XIX to the contrary, a gas utility offering unregulated sales of natural gas to a residential customer or a small commercial customer within or outside its service area shall be subject to Sections 19-110(e)(2), 19-110(e)(3), 19-110(e)(5), 19-115, and 19-120.
    (e) A gas utility offering unregulated sales of natural gas to an end-use customer within or outside its service area shall not subsidize such sales through the utility's regulated business. Costs and revenues from the gas utility's unregulated sales of gas to an end-use customer within or outside its service area shall not be included in the calculation of the utility's regulated gas rates and charges.
    (f) A gas utility offering unregulated sales of natural gas to an end-use customer within or outside its service area shall not discriminate in the provision of regulated gas service based upon the existence or terms of an unregulated sale of natural gas.
    (g) The Commission shall require a gas utility to file reports regarding its unregulated sales of natural gas in the State. The reports shall be treated as confidential documents. To the extent the Commission determines it to be necessary and in the public interest, the Commission may order an audit of a gas utility regarding its unregulated sales of natural gas in the State.
    (h) The Commission shall have the authority to require the gas utility to file its contracts for unregulated sales of natural gas in the State. The contracts shall be treated as confidential documents.
    (i) Within 120 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, the Commission shall adopt provisions requiring functional separation between a gas utility's unregulated retail sales of natural gas in the State and its regulated retail gas services in the State. In establishing or considering the functional separations provisions, the Commission shall take into account the effects on the cost and reliability of service and the obligation of the gas utility under the Act. The Commission shall adopt separations provisions that are a cost effective means to ensure compliance with this Section. The provisions adopted by the Commission shall permit a gas utility to offer unregulated retail sales of natural gas in the State through the same business division of the utility that offers competitive electric power and energy to electric delivery service customers. Until provisions are adopted by the Commission, the gas utility shall comply with the functional separations rules for electric utilities adopted pursuant to Section 16-119A, to the extent determined applicable by the Commission through emergency rules established within 60 days of the passage of this Act.
    (j) A gas utility shall not release or assign gas storage capacity procured for its regulated Illinois retail customers to its business division offering unregulated retail sales of natural gas or allow such storage capacity to be managed by that business division.
    (k) Except as approved by the Commission, a gas utility shall not use gas commodity or interstate pipeline services for unregulated retail sales of natural gas in the State if such commodity or service was procured for its regulated Illinois retail customers.
    (l) In addition to any other remedy provided in the Act, the Commission may order a gas utility to cease offering unregulated retail sales of natural gas in the State if it finds, after notice and hearing, that the gas utility willfully violated this Section.
    (m) This Section shall not be applicable to unregulated sales of natural gas by an affiliate of a gas utility. Nothing herein shall be construed as impacting the applicability of other Sections of the Act to the unregulated sale of natural gas by an affiliate.
(Source: P.A. 93-1052, eff. 1-1-05.)

220 ILCS 5/7-213

    (220 ILCS 5/7-213)
    Sec. 7-213. Limitations on the transfer of water systems.
    (a) In the event of a sale, purchase, or any other transfer of ownership, including, without limitation, the acquisition by eminent domain, of a water system, as defined under Section 11-124-10 of the Illinois Municipal Code, operated by a privately held public water utility, the water utility's contract or agreements with the acquiring entity (or, in the case of an eminent domain action, the court order) must require that the acquiring entity hire a sufficient number of non-supervisory employees to operate and maintain the water system by initially making offers of employment to the non-supervisory workforce of the water system at no less than the wage rates, and substantially equivalent fringe benefits and terms and conditions of employment that are in effect at the time of transfer of ownership of the water system. The wage rates and substantially equivalent fringe benefits and terms and conditions of employment must continue for at least 30 months after the time of the transfer of ownership unless the parties mutually agree to different terms and conditions of employment within that 30-month period.
    (b) The privately held public water utility shall offer a transition plan to those employees who are not offered jobs by the acquiring entity because that entity has a need for fewer workers. The transition plan shall mitigate employee job losses to the extent practical through such means as offers of voluntary severance, retraining, early retirement, out placement, or related benefits. Before any reduction in the workforce during a water system transaction, the privately held public water utility shall present to the employees, or their representatives, a transition plan outlining the means by which the utility intends to mitigate the impact of the workforce reduction of its employees.
(Source: P.A. 94-1007, eff. 1-1-07.)

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.)

220 ILCS 5/Art. IX

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. IX heading)
ARTICLE IX. RATES

220 ILCS 5/9-101

    (220 ILCS 5/9-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-101)
    Sec. 9-101. All rates or other charges made, demanded or received by any product or commodity furnished or to be furnished or for any service rendered or to be rendered shall be just and reasonable. Every unjust or unreasonable charge made, demanded or received for such product or commodity or service is hereby prohibited and declared unlawful. All rules and regulations made by a public utility affecting or pertaining to its charges to the public shall be just and reasonable.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/9-102

    (220 ILCS 5/9-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-102)
    Sec. 9-102. Every public utility shall file with the Commission and shall print and keep open to public inspection schedules showing all rates and other charges, and classifications, which are in force at the time for any product or commodity furnished or to be furnished by it, or for any service performed by it, or for any service in connection therewith, or performed by any public utility controlled or operated by it. Every public utility shall file with and as a part of such schedule and shall state separately all rules, regulations, storage or other charges, privileges and contracts that in any manner affect the rates charged or to be charged for any service. Such schedule shall be filed for all services performed wholly or partly within this State, and the rates and other charges and classifications shall not, without the consent of the Commission, exceed those in effect on December 31, 1985. But nothing in this section shall prevent the Commission from approving or fixing rates or other charges or classifications from time to time, in excess of or less than those shown by said schedules.
    Where a schedule of joint rates or other charges, or classifications is or may be in force between two or more public utilities such schedules shall in like manner be printed and filed with the Commission, and so much thereof as the Commission shall deem necessary for the use of the public shall be filed in every office of such public utility in accordance with the terms of Section 9-103 of this Act. Unless otherwise ordered by the Commission a schedule showing such joint rates or other charges, or classifications need not be filed with the Commission by more than one of the parties to it: Provided, that there is also filed with the Commission a concurrence in such schedule by each of the other parties thereto.
    Every public utility shall file with the Commission copies of all contracts, agreements or arrangements with other public utilities, in relation to any service, product or commodity affected by the provisions of this Act, to which it may be a party, and copies of all other contracts, agreements or arrangements with any other person or corporation affecting in the judgment of the Commission the cost to such public utility of any service, product or commodity.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1025.)

220 ILCS 5/9-102.1

    (220 ILCS 5/9-102.1)
    Sec. 9-102.1. Negotiated rates.
    (a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other Section of Article IX of this Act, the Commission may approve one or more rate schedules filed by a public utility that enable the public utility to provide service to customers under contracts that are treated as proprietary and confidential by the Commission notwithstanding the filing thereof. Service under the contracts shall be provided on such terms and for such rates or charges as the public utility and the customer agree upon, without regard to any rate schedules the public utility may have filed with the Commission under any other Section of Article IX of this Act. The contracts shall be filed with the Commission, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any schedule referred to in subsection (b) of this Section. For purposes of Section 3-121 of this Act, the amounts collected under the contracts shall be treated as having been collected under rates that the public utility is required to file under Section 9-102 of this Act.
    (b) Each schedule described in subsection (a) that became effective before August 25, 1995, and any contract thereunder, shall be deemed to have become effective in accordance with its terms, subject to the provisions of any Commission order that purported to authorize the schedule.
    (c) In any determination of the rates to be charged by an electric public utility having contracts in effect pursuant to schedules filed under this Section or schedules referred to in subsection (b) of this Section, the revenues received, or to be received, by the electric public utility under each such contract shall be deemed to be equal to the revenues, based on the actual usage of the customer, that would have been, or would be, received under the lowest rates available under schedules on file pursuant to Section 9-201, applicable to a class of consumers that includes the customer, including any applicable riders or surcharges, plus any revenues that would have been, or would be required to pay for investment or expenses incurred by the electric public utility that would not be incurred if service were provided under such lowest rates. The cost of capital used to determine rates to be charged by the electric public utility shall be that which would have obtained if service were provided under such lowest rates. The provisions of this subsection (c) shall not apply: (1) in any determination of the rates to be charged by a gas public utility, and (2) in any determination of the rates to be charged by an electric public utility, to contracts in effect prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1996 pursuant to economic development schedules referred to in Section 9-241 of this Act, under which the electric public utility is authorized to provide discounts for new electrical sales that result from the location of new or expanded industrial facilities in the electric public utility's service territory. The preceding sentence shall not be construed to diminish the Commission's existing authority as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1996 to allocate the costs of all public utilities equitably, in any determination of rates, so as to set rates which are just and reasonable.
    (d) Any contract filed pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) of this Section shall be accorded proprietary and confidential treatment by the Commission and otherwise deemed to be exempt from the requirements of Sections 9-102, 9-103, 9-104, 9-201, 9-240, 9-241, and 9-243, except to the extent the Commission may, in its discretion, order otherwise. The Commission shall permit any statutory consumer protection agency to have access to any such contract, provided that: (i) the agency, and each individual that will have access on behalf of the agency, agree in writing to keep such contract confidential, such agreement to be in a form established by the Commission; and (ii) access is limited to full-time employees of the agency and such other persons as are acceptable to the public utility or, if the agency and the public utility are unable to agree, are determined to be acceptable by the Commission. "Statutory consumer protection agency" means any office, corporation, or other agency created by Article XI of this Act or any other Illinois statute as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1996 that has an express statutory duty to represent the interest of public utility customers, any such agency subsequently created by act of the General Assembly that expressly authorizes the agency to access the information described in this subsection, or the Attorney General of the State of Illinois.
    (e) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to give a public utility the authority to provide electric or natural gas service to a customer the public utility is not otherwise lawfully entitled to serve. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to affect in any way the service rights of electric suppliers as granted under the Electric Supplier Act.
    (f) The provisions of subsection (b) of this Section 9-102.1 are intended to be severable from the remaining provisions of this Act; and therefore, no determination of the validity of the provisions of subsection (b) shall affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Section 9-102.1.
    (g) After January 1, 2001, no contract for electric service may be entered into under any schedule filed pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) of this Section or under any schedule referred to in subsection (b) of this Section. The foregoing provision shall not affect any contract entered into prior to January 1, 2001.
    (h) Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed as preventing any customer or other appropriate party from filing a complaint or otherwise requesting that the Commission investigate the reasonableness of the terms and conditions of any schedule filed under this Section or referred to in subsection (b) of this Section. Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed as affecting the right of any customer or public utility to enter into and enforce any contract providing for the amounts to be charged for service where the contract is or has been filed pursuant to any other Section of this Act. Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to limit any Commission authority to authorize a public utility to engage in experimental programs relating to competition, including direct access programs.
(Source: P.A. 89-600, eff. 8-2-96.)

220 ILCS 5/9-103

    (220 ILCS 5/9-103) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-103)
    Sec. 9-103. Posting of rate schedules. Subject to such rules and regulations as the Commission may prescribe, the schedules referred to in Section 9-102 shall be posted or kept on file in every office of a public utility where the public transacts business with such public utility. Any or all of such schedules kept as aforesaid shall be immediately produced by such public utility for inspection upon the demand of any person. A notice printed in bold type, in size prescribed by the Commission, stating that such schedules are on file with the agent and open to inspection by any person, and that the agent will assist any person to determine from such schedules any rates or other charges, classification, rules or regulations in force, shall be kept posted by the public utility in two public and conspicuous places in every such office. The form of every such schedule shall be prescribed by the Commission: Provided, that in lieu of filing the entire schedule in each office, any public utility may, subject to the regulations of the Commission, file or keep posted at such office, schedules of such rates or other charges, classifications, rules and regulations relating thereto, as are applicable at, to and from the place where such office is located.
    The Commission may determine and prescribe the form in which the schedules required by this Act to be filed with the Commission and to be kept open to public inspection shall be prepared and arranged, and may change the form from time to time if it shall be found expedient.
(Source: P.A. 91-341, eff. 7-29-99.)

220 ILCS 5/9-104

    (220 ILCS 5/9-104) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-104)
    Sec. 9-104. No public utility shall undertake to perform any service or to furnish any product or commodity unless or until the rates and other charges and classifications, rules and regulations relating thereto, applicable to such service, product or commodity, have been filed and published in accordance with the provisions of this Act: Provided, that in cases of emergency, a service, product or commodity not specifically covered by the schedules filed, may be performed or furnished at a reasonable rate, which rate shall forthwith be filed and shall be subject to review in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/9-201

    (220 ILCS 5/9-201) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-201)
    Sec. 9-201. (a) Unless the Commission otherwise orders, and except as otherwise provided in this Section, no change shall be made by any public utility in any rate or other charge or classification, or in any rule, regulation, practice or contract relating to or affecting any rate or other charge, classification or service, or in any privilege or facility, except after 45 days' notice to the Commission and to the public as herein provided. Such notice shall be given by filing with the Commission and keeping open for public inspection new schedules or supplements stating plainly the change or changes to be made in the schedule or schedules then in force, and the time when the change or changes will go into effect, and by publication in a newspaper of general circulation or such other notice to persons affected by such change as may be prescribed by rule of the Commission. The Commission, for good cause shown, may allow changes without requiring the 45 days' notice herein provided for, by an order specifying the changes so to be made and the time when they shall take effect and the manner in which they shall be filed and published.
    When any change is proposed in any rate or other charge, or classification, or in any rule, regulation, practice, or contract relating to or affecting any rate or other charge, classification or service, or in any privilege or facility, such proposed change shall be plainly indicated on the new schedule filed with the Commission, by some character to be designated by the Commission, immediately preceding or following the item.
    When any public utility providing water or sewer service proposes any change in any rate or other charge, or classification, or in any rule, regulation, practice, or contract relating to or affecting any rate or other charge, classification or service, or in any privilege or facility, such utility shall, in addition to the other notice requirements of this Act, provide notice of such change to all customers potentially affected by including a notice and description of such change, and of Commission procedures for intervention, in the first bill sent to each such customer after the filing of the proposed change.
    For water or sewer utilities with greater than 15,000 total customers, the following notice requirements are applicable, in addition to the other notice requirements of this Act:
        (1) As a separate bill insert, an initial notice in
    
the first bill sent to all customers potentially affected by the proposed change after the filing of the proposed change shall include:
            (A) the approximate date when the change or
        
changes shall go into effect assuming the Commission utilizes the 11-month process as described in this Section;
            (B) a statement indicating that the estimated
        
bill impact may vary based on multiple factors, including, but not limited to, meter size, usage volume, and the fire protection district;
            (C) the water or sewer utility's customer service
        
number or other number as may be appropriate where an authorized agent of the water or sewer utility can explain how the proposed increase might impact an individual customer's bill;
            (D) if the proposed change involves a change from
        
a flat to a volumetric rate, an explanation of volumetric rate;
            (E) a reference to the water or sewer utility's
        
website where customers can find tips on water conservation; and
            (F) for customers receiving both water and sewer
        
service from a utility and if the customer has an option to install a separate meter for irrigation to mitigate sewer charges, an explanation of the water and sewer utility's and the customer's responsibilities for installation of a separate meter if such a change is approved.
        (2) A second notice to all customers shall be
    
included on the first bill after the Commission suspends the tariffs initiating the rate case.
        (3) Final notice of such change shall be sent to all
    
customers potentially affected by the proposed change by including information required under this paragraph (3) with the first bill after the effective date of the rates approved by the Final Order of the Commission in a rate case. The notice shall include the following:
            (A) the date when the change or changes went into
        
effect;
            (B) the water or sewer utility's customer service
        
number or other number as may be appropriate where an authorized agent of the water or sewer utility can explain how the proposed increase might impact an individual customer's bill;
            (C) an explanation that usage shall now be
        
charged at a volumetric rate rather than a flat rate, if applicable;
            (D) a reference to the water or sewer utility's
        
website where the customer can find tips on water conservation; and
            (E) for customers receiving both water and sewer
        
service from a utility and if the customer has an option to install a separate meter for irrigation to mitigate sewer charges, an explanation of the water and sewer utility's and the customer's responsibilities for installation of a separate meter if such a change is approved.
    (b) Whenever there shall be filed with the Commission any schedule stating an individual or joint rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation, the Commission shall have power, and it is hereby given authority, either upon complaint or upon its own initiative without complaint, at once, and if it so orders, without answer or other formal pleadings by the interested public utility or utilities, but upon reasonable notice, to enter upon a hearing concerning the propriety of such rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation, and pending the hearing and decision thereon, such rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation shall not go into effect. The period of suspension of such rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation shall not extend more than 105 days beyond the time when such rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation would otherwise go into effect unless the Commission, in its discretion, extends the period of suspension for a further period not exceeding 6 months.
    All rates or other charges, classifications, contracts, practices, rules or regulations not so suspended shall, on the expiration of 45 days from the time of filing the same with the Commission, or of such lesser time as the Commission may grant, go into effect and be the established and effective rates or other charges, classifications, contracts, practices, rules and regulations, subject to the power of the Commission, after a hearing had on its own motion or upon complaint, as herein provided, to alter or modify the same.
    Within 30 days after such changes have been authorized by the Commission, copies of the new or revised schedules shall be posted or filed in accordance with the terms of Section 9-103 of this Act, in such a manner that all changes shall be plainly indicated. The Commission shall incorporate into the period of suspension a review period of 4 business days during which the Commission may review and determine whether the new or revised schedules comply with the Commission's decision approving a change to the public utility's rates. Such review period shall not extend the suspension period by more than 2 days. Absent notification to the contrary within the 4 business day period, the new or revised schedules shall be deemed approved.
    (c) If the Commission enters upon a hearing concerning the propriety of any proposed rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation, the Commission shall establish the rates or other charges, classifications, contracts, practices, rules or regulations proposed, in whole or in part, or others in lieu thereof, which it shall find to be just and reasonable. In such hearing, the burden of proof to establish the justness and reasonableness of the proposed rates or other charges, classifications, contracts, practices, rules or regulations, in whole and in part, shall be upon the utility. The utility, the staff of the Commission, the Attorney General, or any party to a proceeding initiated under this Section who has been granted intervenor status and submitted a post-hearing brief must be given the opportunity to present oral argument, if requested no later than the date for filing exceptions, on the propriety of any proposed rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule, or regulation. No rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation shall be found just and reasonable unless it is consistent with Sections of this Article.
    (d) Except where compliance with Section 8-401 of this Act is of urgent and immediate concern, no representative of a public utility may discuss with a commissioner, commissioner's assistant, or hearing examiner in a non-public setting a planned filing for a general rate increase. If a public utility makes a filing under this Section, then no substantive communication by any such person with a commissioner, commissioner's assistant or hearing examiner concerning the filing is permitted until a notice of hearing has been issued. After the notice of hearing has been issued, the only communications by any such person with a commissioner, commissioner's assistant, or hearing examiner concerning the filing permitted are communications permitted under Section 10-103 of this Act. If any such communication does occur, then within 5 days of the docket being initiated all details relating to the communication shall be placed on the public record of the proceeding. The record shall include any materials, whether written, recorded, filmed, or graphic in nature, produced or reproduced on any media, used in connection with the communication. The record shall reflect the names of all persons who transmitted, received, or were otherwise involved in the communication, the duration of the communication, and whether the communication occurred in person or by other means. In the case of an oral communication, the record shall also reflect the location or locations of all persons involved in the communication and, if the communication occurred by telephone, the telephone numbers for the callers and recipients of the communication. A commissioner, commissioner's assistant, or hearing examiner who is involved in any such communication shall be recused from the affected proceeding. The Commission, or any commissioner or hearing examiner presiding over the proceeding shall, in the event of a violation of this Section, take action necessary to ensure that such violation does not prejudice any party or adversely affect the fairness of the proceedings including dismissing the affected proceeding. Nothing in this subsection (d) is intended to preclude otherwise allowable updates on issues that may be indirectly related to a general rate case filing because cost recovery for the underlying activity may be requested. Such updates may include, without limitation, issues related to outages and restoration, credit ratings, security issuances, reliability, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission matters, Federal Communications Commission matters, regional reliability organizations, consumer education, or labor matters, provided that such updates may not include cost recovery in a planned rate case.
(Source: P.A. 98-191, eff. 1-1-14.)

220 ILCS 5/9-201.5

    (220 ILCS 5/9-201.5)
    Sec. 9-201.5. Decommissioning nuclear power plants; rates.
    (a) The Commission may after hearing, in a rate case or otherwise, authorize the institution of rate provisions or tariffs that increase or decrease charges to customers to reflect changes in, or additional or reduced costs of, decommissioning nuclear power plants, including accruals for estimates of those costs, irrespective of any changes in other costs or revenues; provided the revenues collected under such rates or tariffs are used to recover costs associated with contributions to appropriate decommissioning trust funds or to reduce the amounts to be charged under such rates or tariffs in the future. These provisions or tariffs shall hereinafter be referred to as "decommissioning rates".
    (b) A public utility that does not have a decommissioning rate in effect on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1994 may not place a decommissioning rate in effect before January 1, 1995. Changes in charges under a decommissioning rate shall not be subject to the notice and filing requirements of subsection (a) of Section 9-201 of this Act, but a decommissioning rate of a utility that does not have such a rate in effect before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1994 shall provide that no increase in charges under that rate may take effect until 60 days after the utility provides the proposed increased charge to the Commission for review. The Commission may require that a decommissioning rate contain provisions for reconciling amounts collected under the rate with both reasonably projected costs and actual costs prudently incurred. As used in this Section, "decommissioning costs" and "decommissioning trust fund" have the same meaning as in Section 8-508.1 of this Act.
    (c) Nothing contained in this amendatory Act of 1994 shall affect any determination of the authority of the Commission before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1994. Nothing contained in this amendatory Act of 1994 shall be used in any determination of the authority of the Commission after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1994, except with respect to decommissioning rates.
    (d) A decommissioning rate authorized by the Commission under this Section and the decommissioning cost studies underlying the rate shall be subject to hearing and review, in a rate case or otherwise, not less than once every 6 years.
(Source: P.A. 90-561, eff. 12-16-97.)

220 ILCS 5/9-202

    (220 ILCS 5/9-202) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-202)
    Sec. 9-202. (a) Whenever the Commission is of the opinion and so finds after an examination of any report or reports, annual or otherwise, filed with the Commission by any public utility, together with any other facts or information which the Commission may acquire or receive from an investigation of the books, records or papers or from an inspection of the property of such public utility, that the net income of such public utility after reasonable deductions for depreciation and other proper and necessary reserves, is in excess of the amount required for a reasonable return upon the value of said public utility's property used and useful in rendering its service to the public, provided however that in computing net income, deductions shall not be made for advertising expenses as prohibited under Section 9-225 of this Act, and if the Commission is of the opinion and so finds in said cause that a hearing to determine all of the issues involved in a final determination of rates or services will require more than 105 days of elapsed time, the Commission shall have the power in cases of such emergency and it is hereby given authority to at once enter a temporary order, after notice to said public utility, fixing a temporary schedule of rates, which order shall be forthwith binding upon said public utility; provided, however, that the Commission's power to order reductions in rates and charges of any public utility by means of any such temporary order, is limited to reductions which will absorb not more than the amount found by the Commission to be in excess of the amount of income as determined by the Commission necessary to provide a reasonable return on the value of the property of said public utility as found by the Commission as aforesaid; and provided, further, however, that no such temporary order shall remain in force or effect for a longer period than 9 months from its effective date, and a further period not to exceed 3 months in addition if so ordered by the Commission; and provided, further, that if upon the final disposition of the issues involved in such proceeding, the rates or charges as finally determined by said Commission or the court having jurisdiction of the subject matter are in excess of the rates and charges prescribed in said temporary order, then and in such event such public utility shall be permitted over such reasonable time as the Commission shall fix, to amortize and recover by means of a temporary increase over and above the rates and charges finally determined, such sum as shall represent the difference between the gross income obtained from the rates and charges prescribed in said temporary reduction order and the gross income which would have obtained, during the period such temporary reduction order was in effect, based upon the same volume, from the rates and charges finally determined.
    (b) If the Commission enters upon a hearing concerning the propriety of any proposed rate or other charge, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation pursuant to Section 9-201, and if the Commission is of the opinion and so finds in said cause that a hearing to determine all of the issues involved in a final determination of rates or services will require more than 120 days of elapsed time, the Commission shall have the power to enter a temporary order fixing a temporary schedule of rates after hearing, which order shall be forthwith binding upon the public utility. As soon as practicable after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1985, the Commission shall determine by rule the facts and circumstances which must be established by the utility in order to justify the grant of a temporary rate increase as provided herein. The Commission shall determine any temporary rate increase according to previously established standards until the time such rules become effective.
    In any case in which the Commission grants interim relief, the Commission shall, upon final disposition of the proposed permanent change in rates or other charges, classification, contract, practice, rule or regulation, also review the propriety of its prior award of interim relief based upon the criteria used by the Commission in granting the interim rate relief. If, upon such review, the Commission determines that such interim rates or charges were in excess of the rates or charges which should have been prescribed in its temporary order, the Commission shall require the public utility to refund such sum as shall represent the difference between the gross income obtained from the rates or charges prescribed in said temporary increase order and the gross income which would have been obtained during the period such temporary increase order was in effect based upon the same volume, from the rates and charges which the Commission upon final review determines were appropriate. Any refund shall include interest calculated at a rate determined by the Commission and shall be returned according to procedures prescribed by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1118.)

220 ILCS 5/9-210

    (220 ILCS 5/9-210) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-210)
    Sec. 9-210. The Commission shall have power to ascertain the value of the property of every public utility in this State and every fact which in its judgment may or does have any bearing on such value. In all proceedings before the Commission, initiated by the Commission upon its own motion, or initiated by an application of such public utility, in which the value of the property of any public utility or utilities is an issue, the burden of establishing such value shall be upon such public utility or utilities. In making such valuation the Commission may avail itself of any information, books, documents, or records in the possession of any officer, department or board of the State or any subdivision thereof. The Commission shall have power to make revaluation from time to time and also to ascertain the value of all new construction, extensions, and additions to the property of every public utility.
    For purposes of establishing the value of public utility property, when determining rates or charges, or for any other reason, the Commission may base its determination on the original cost of such property.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/9-210.5

    (220 ILCS 5/9-210.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on June 1, 2018)
    Sec. 9-210.5. Valuation of water and sewer utilities.
    (a) In this Section:
        "Disinterested" means that the person directly
    
involved (1) is not a director, officer, or an employee of the large public utility or the water or sewer utility or its direct affiliates or subsidiaries for at least 12 months before becoming engaged under this Section; (2) shall not derive a material financial benefit from the sale of the water or sewer utility other than fees for services rendered, and (3) shall not have a member of the person's immediate family, including a spouse, parents or spouse's parents, children or spouses of children, or siblings and their spouses or children, be a director, officer, or employee of either the large public utility or water or sewer utility or the water or sewer utility or its direct affiliates or subsidiaries for at least 12 months before becoming engaged under this Section or receive a material financial benefit from the sale of the water or sewer utility other than fees for services rendered.
        "District" means a service area of a large public
    
utility whose customers are subject to the same rate tariff.
        "Large public utility" means an investor-owned public
    
utility that:
            (1) is subject to regulation by the Illinois
        
Commerce Commission under this Act;
            (2) regularly provides water or sewer service to
        
more than 30,000 customer connections;
            (3) provides safe and adequate service; and
            (4) is not a water or sewer utility as defined in
        
this subsection (a).
        "Next rate case" means a large public utility's first
    
general rate case after the date the large public utility acquires the water or sewer utility where the acquired water or sewer utility's cost of service is considered as part of determining the large public utility's resulting rates.
        "Prior rate case" means a large public utility's
    
general rate case resulting in the rates in effect for the large public utility at the time it acquires the water or sewer utility.
        "Utility service source" means the water or sewer
    
utility or large public utility from which the customer receives its utility service type.
        "Utility service type" means water utility service
    
or sewer utility service or water and sewer utility service.
        "Water or sewer utility" means any of the following:
            (1) a public utility that regularly provides
        
water or sewer service to 6,000 or fewer customer connections;
            (2) a water district, including, but not limited
        
to, a public water district, water service district, or surface water protection district, or a sewer district of any kind established as a special district under the laws of this State that regularly provides water or sewer service to 7,500 or fewer customer connections;
            (3) a waterworks system or sewerage system
        
established under the Township Code that regularly provides water or sewer service to 7,500 or fewer customer connections; or
            (4) a water system or sewer system owned by a
        
municipality that regularly provides water or sewer service to 7,500 or fewer customer connections; and
            (5) any other entity that regularly provides
        
water or sewer service to 7,500 or fewer customer connections.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, a large public utility that acquires a water or sewer utility may request that the Commission use, and, if so requested, the Commission shall use, the procedures set forth under this Section to establish the ratemaking rate base of that water or sewer utility at the time when it is acquired by the large public utility.
    (c) If a large public utility elects the procedures under this Section to establish the rate base of a water or sewer utility that it is acquiring, then 3 appraisals shall be performed. The average of these 3 appraisals shall represent the fair market value of the water or sewer utility that is being acquired. The appraisals shall be performed by 3 appraisers selected by the Commission's water department manager and engaged by either the water or sewer utility being acquired or by the large public utility. The Commission's water department manager shall select the appraisers within 30 days after the water department manager is officially notified. Each appraiser shall be engaged on reasonable terms approved by the Commission. Each appraiser shall be a disinterested person licensed as a State certified general real estate appraiser under the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Act of 2002.
    Each appraiser shall:
        (1) be sworn to determine the fair market value of
    
the water or sewer utility by establishing the amount for which the water or sewer utility would be sold in a voluntary transaction between a willing buyer and willing seller under no obligation to buy or sell;
        (2) determine fair market value in compliance with
    
the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice;
        (3) engage one disinterested engineer who is licensed
    
in this State to prepare an assessment of the tangible assets of the water or sewer utility, which is to be incorporated into the appraisal under the cost approach;
        (4) if the water or sewer utility is a public utility
    
that is regulated by the Commission, request from the manager of the Accounting Department a list of investments made by the water or sewer utility that had been disallowed previously and that shall be excluded from the calculation of the large public utility's rate base in its next rate case; and
        (5) return their appraisal, in writing, to the water
    
or sewer utility and large public utility in a reasonable and timely manner.
    If the appraiser cannot engage an engineer, as described in paragraph (3) of this subsection (c), within 30 days after the appraiser is engaged, then the Commission's water department manager shall recommend the engineer the appraiser should engage. The Commission's water department manager shall provide his or her recommendation within 30 days after he or she is officially notified of the appraiser's failure to engage an engineer and the appraiser shall promptly work to engage the recommended engineer. If the appraiser is unable to negotiate reasonable engagement terms with the recommended engineer within 15 days after the recommendation by the Commission's water department manager, then the appraiser shall notify the Commission's water department manager and the process shall be repeated until an engineer is successfully engaged.
    (d) The lesser of (i) the purchase price or (ii) the fair market value determined under subsection (c) of this Section shall constitute the rate base associated with the water or sewer utility as acquired by and incorporated into the rate base of the district designated by the acquiring large public utility under this Section, subject to any adjustments that the Commission deems necessary to ensure such rate base reflects prudent and useful investments in the provision of public utility service. The reasonable transaction and closing costs incurred by the large public utility shall be treated consistent with the applicable accounting standards under this Act. The amount of the appraiser's fees to be included in the transaction and closing costs shall not exceed the greater of $15,000 or 5% of the appraised value of the water or sewer utility being acquired. This rate base treatment shall not be deemed to violate this Act, including, but not limited to, any Sections in Articles VIII and IX of this Act that might be affected by this Section. Any acquisition of a water or sewer utility that affects the cumulative base rates of the large public utility's existing ratepayers in the tariff group into which the water or sewer utility is to be combined by less than (1) 2.5% at the time of the acquisition for any single acquisition completed under this Section or (2) 5% for all acquisitions completed under this Section before the Commission's final order in the next rate case shall not be deemed to violate Section 7-204 or any other provision of this Act.
    In the Commission's order that approves the large public utility's acquisition of the water or sewer utility, the Commission shall issue its decision establishing (1) the ratemaking rate base of the water or sewer utility and (2) the district or tariff group with which the water or sewer utility shall be combined for ratemaking purposes.
    (e) If the water or sewer utility being acquired is owned by the State or any political subdivision thereof, then the water or sewer utility must inform the public of the terms of its acquisition by the large public utility by (1) holding a public meeting prior to the acquisition and (2) causing to be published, in a newspaper of general circulation in the area that the water or sewer utility operates, a notice setting forth the terms of its acquisition by the large public utility and options that shall be available to assist customers to pay their bills after the acquisition.
    (f) The large public utility shall recommend the district or tariff group of which the water or sewer utility shall, for ratemaking purposes, become a part after the acquisition. The Commission's recommended district or tariff group shall be consistent with the large public utility's recommendation, unless such recommendation can be shown to be contrary to the public interest.
    (g) From the date of acquisition until the date that new rates are effective in the acquiring large public utility's next rate case, the customers of the acquired water or sewer utility shall pay the then-existing rates of the district or tariff group ordered by the Commission; provided, that, if the application of such then-existing rates of the large public utility to customers of the acquired water or sewer utility using 54,000 gallons annually results in an increase to the total annual bill of customers of the acquired water or sewer utility, exclusive of fire service or related charges, then the large public utility's rates charged to the customers of the acquired water or sewer utility shall be uniformly reduced, if any reduction is required, by the percent that results in the total annual bill, exclusive of fire services or related charges, for the customers of the acquired water or sewer utility using 54,000 gallons being equal to 1.5% of the latest median household income as reported by the United States Census Bureau for the most applicable community or county. For each customer of the water or sewer utility with potable water usage values that cannot be reasonably obtained, a value of 4,500 gallons per month shall be assigned. These rates shall not be deemed to violate this Act including, but not limited to, Section 9-101 and any other applicable Sections in Articles VIII and IX of this Act. The Commission shall issue its decision establishing the rates effective for the water or sewer utility immediately following an acquisition in its order approving the acquisition.
    (h) In the acquiring large public utility's next rate case, the water or sewer utility and the district or tariff group ordered by the Commission and their costs of service shall be combined under the same rate tariff. This rate tariff shall be based on allocation of costs of service of the acquired water or sewer utility and the large public utility's district or tariff group ordered by the Commission and utilizing a rate design that does not distinguish among customers on the basis of utility service source or type. This rate tariff shall not be deemed to violate this Act including, but not limited to, Section 9-101 of this Act.
    (i) Any post-acquisition improvements made by the large public utility in the water or sewer utility shall accrue a cost for financing set at the large public utility's determined rate for allowance for funds used during construction, inclusive of the debt, equity, and income tax gross up components, after the date on which the expenditure was incurred by the large public utility until the investment has been in service for a 4-year period or, if sooner, until the time the rates are implemented in the large public utility's next rate case.
    Any post-acquisition improvements made by the large public utility in the water or sewer utility shall not be depreciated for ratemaking purposes from the date on which the expenditure was incurred by the large public utility until the investment has been in service for a 4-year period or, if sooner, until the time the rates are implemented in the large public utility's next rate case.
    (j) This Section shall be exclusively applied to large public utilities in the voluntary and mutually agreeable acquisition of water or sewer utilities. Any petitions filed with the Commission related to the acquisitions described in this Section, including petitions seeking approvals or certificates required by this Act, shall be deemed approved unless the Commission issues its final order within 11 months after the date the large public utility filed its initial petition. This Section shall only apply to utilities providing water or sewer service and shall not be construed in any manner to apply to electric corporations, natural gas corporations, or any other utility subject to this Act.
    (k) Nothing in this Section shall prohibit a party from declining to proceed with an acquisition or be deemed as establishing the final purchase price of an acquisition.
    (l) In the Commission's order that approves the large utility's acquisition of the water or sewer utility, the Commission shall address each aspect of the acquisition transaction for which approval is required under the Act.
    (m) Any contractor or subcontractor that performs work on a water or sewer utility acquired by a large public utility under this Section shall be a responsible bidder as described in Section 30-22 of the Illinois Procurement Code. The contractor or subcontractor shall submit evidence of meeting the requirements to be a responsible bidder as described in Section 30-22 to the water or sewer utility. Any new water or sewer facility built as a result of the acquisition shall require the contractor to enter into a project labor agreement. The large public utility acquiring the water or sewer utility shall offer employee positions to qualified employees of the acquired water or sewer utility.
    (n) This Section is repealed on June 1, 2018.
(Source: P.A. 98-213, eff. 8-9-13.)

220 ILCS 5/9-211

    (220 ILCS 5/9-211) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-211)
    Sec. 9-211. The Commission, in any determination of rates or charges, shall include in a utility's rate base only the value of such investment which is both prudently incurred and used and useful in providing service to public utility customers.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/9-212

    (220 ILCS 5/9-212) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-212)
    Sec. 9-212. No new electric utility generating plant or gas production facility, or significant addition to existing facilities or plant, shall be included in a utility's rate base unless and until the utility proves, and the Commission determines, that such plant or facility is both prudent and used and useful in providing utility service to the utility's customers. For purposes of this Section, "prudent" means that at the time of certification, initiation of construction and each subsequent evaluation of any construction project until the time of completion, based on the evidence introduced in any hearings and all information which was known or should have been known at the time, and relevant planning and certification criteria, it was prudent and reasonable to conclude that the generating or production facility would be used and useful in providing service to customers at the time of completion. If the Commission has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the completed facility, and to the extent that the Commission approves continued construction upon reevaluation subsequent to certification, such actions shall constitute prima facie evidence of the prudence of construction. If the Commission determines as a result of reevaluation during construction that the facility should not be completed, such determination shall constitute prima facie evidence that subsequent construction expenditures were imprudent.
    A generation or production facility is used and useful only if, and only to the extent that, it is necessary to meet customer demand or economically beneficial in meeting such demand. No generation or production facility shall be found used and useful until and unless it is capable of generation or production at significant operating levels on a consistent and sustainable basis. Any pollution control devices for the control of sulfur dioxide emissions installed or used in accordance with, and up to the cost specified in, an order or supplemental order of the Commission entered pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 8-402.1 shall be deemed prudent and shall, upon being placed into operation on a consistent, sustainable basis by the public utility, be deemed used and useful.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

220 ILCS 5/9-213

    (220 ILCS 5/9-213) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-213)
    Sec. 9-213. The cost of new electric utility generating plants and significant additions to electric utility generating plants shall not be included in the rate base of any utility unless such cost is reasonable. Prior to including the cost of plants or additions to utility plants in the rate base, the Commission shall conduct an audit of such costs in order to ascertain whether the cost associated with the new generating plant or the addition to electric utility generating plant is reasonable. However, the Commission may, for good cause shown in individual cases, waive the auditing requirement for any generating facility which meets all of the following requirements:
        (1) the facility is wholly owned and operated by a
    
public utility, as otherwise defined in this Act, which serves less than 20,000 electric customers within the State of Illinois, and
        (2) the facility is designed to generate less than 50
    
megawatts of electricity, and
        (3) the facility is located outside of the State of
    
Illinois.
    If the Commission is unable to conduct such an audit, the Commission shall arrange for it to be conducted by persons independent of the utility and selected by the Commission. 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. Any such audits shall be conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and shall include but not be limited to costs associated with materials, labor, equipment, professional services and other direct and indirect costs.
    "Significant additions to the electric utility generating plant", as used in this Section, shall not include a public utility's investment in pollution control devices for the control of sulfur dioxide emissions. Nothing in this Section is intended to affect the provisions of Section 9-214 of this Act.
    "Reasonable", as used in this Section, means that a utility's decisions, construction, and supervision of construction, underlying the costs of new electric utility generating plants and significant additions to electric utility generating plants resulted in efficient, economical and timely construction. In determining the reasonableness of plant costs, the Commission shall consider the knowledge and circumstances prevailing at the time of each relevant utility decision or action.
    Nothing in this Section shall prevent or limit the Commission from either entering into and conducting joint audits concerning such electric generating plants with the regulatory authority of another state, or from relying on audits conducted by the regulatory authority of another state in lieu of an audit as required by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-435.)

220 ILCS 5/9-214

    (220 ILCS 5/9-214) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-214)
    Sec. 9-214. (a) As used in this Section:
        (1) "CWIP" means those assets which are recorded as
    
construction work in progress on a public utility's books of accounts maintained in accordance with the applicable regulations and orders of the Commission.
        (2) "Rate base" means the original cost value of the
    
property on which a return is allowed.
        (3) "CWIP ratio" means the fraction, expressed as a
    
percentage, calculated by dividing the amount of CWIP included in a public utility's rate base by the utility's rate base.
        (4) "Existing CWIP" means the amount of CWIP included
    
in the rate base on December 1, 1983.
    (b) In any determination under Section 9-201, 9-202 or 9-250 of this Act in a proceeding begun on or after December 1, 1983:
        (1) For any public utility with a CWIP ratio on
    
December 1, 1983, which is less than 15%, the Commission shall not include in the rate base for such public utility an amount for CWIP to exceed 80% of existing CWIP for the period from December 1, 1983 through December 31, 1984, and 60% of existing CWIP for the period from January 1, 1985 through December 31, 1985 and 40% of existing CWIP for the period from January 1, 1986 through December 31, 1986, and 20% of existing CWIP for the period from January 1, 1987 through December 31, 1987.
        (2) For any public utility with a CWIP ratio on
    
December 1, 1983 which is greater than or equal to 15%, the Commission shall not include in the rate base for such public utility an amount for CWIP in excess of the amount of CWIP included in the rate base on December 1, 1983, plus 50% of the allowed construction expenses incurred by the public utility from the date of the most recent rate determination by the Commission prior to December 1, 1983.
    (c) The limitations set forth in paragraph (b) of this Section shall not be interpreted as an expansion of the Commission's authority to include CWIP in the rate base, but rather solely as a limitation thereon.
    (d) The Commission shall not include an amount for CWIP in the rate base for any public utility for the period after December 31, 1988.
    (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (b) and (d) of this Section the Commission may include in the rate base of a public utility an amount for CWIP for a public utility's investment which is scheduled to be placed in service within 12 months of the date of the rate determination. For the purposes of this paragraph nuclear generating facilities shall be considered to be in service upon the commencement of electric generation.
    (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (b) and (d), the Commission may include in the rate base of a public utility an amount of CWIP for a public utility's investment in pollution control devices for the control of sulfur dioxide emissions and the purification of water and sewage; provided, however, that upon application by a public utility which is constructing one or more pollution control devices for the control of sulfur dioxide emissions as part of a Clean Air Act compliance plan approved by the Commission pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 8-402.1, the Commission shall include in such public utility's rate base an amount of CWIP equal to its investment in such pollution control device or devices, but not to exceed the estimated cost of such facilities specified in the Commission's order or supplemental order pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 8-402.1. For purposes of this subsection (f), the public utility's investment shall not include the amount of any state, federal or other grants provided to the public utility to fund the design, acquisition, construction, installation and testing of pollution control devices for the control of sulfur dioxide emissions.
    (g) Except for those amounts of CWIP described in paragraphs (e) and (f) of this Section, the Commission shall consider, in any rate filing subsequent to the coming on line of any new utility plant where CWIP funds have been allowed in rate base, a rate moderation plan directed towards allowing an appropriate return to ratepayers for previous amounts attributable to CWIP funds.
    The Commission shall conduct an investigation and study of the costs and benefits to ratepayers of the inclusion of construction work in progress in rate base. Such study shall include a full opportunity for participation by the public through notice and hearings. If the Commission determines that in certain circumstances the inclusion of CWIP in rate base would be demonstrably beneficial to ratepayers, the Commission shall report its findings with recommendations to the General Assembly by December 31, 1988.
(Source: P.A. 87-173.)

220 ILCS 5/9-215

    (220 ILCS 5/9-215) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-215)
    Sec. 9-215. The Commission shall have power to consider, on a case by case basis, the status of a utility's capacity and to determine whether or not such utility's capacity is in excess of that reasonably necessary to provide adequate and reliable electric service. Excess capacity for purposes of this Section shall mean capacity in excess of that reasonably necessary to provide adequate and reliable electric service. Such consideration shall be related to the utility's historic and projected peak.
    The Commission is empowered to make appropriate and equitable adjustments to rates for utility service upon a finding of excess capacity.
    With respect to generating capacity existing or under construction on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1985, any such determination and adjustment to rates, and any determination as to whether such capacity is used and useful for any purpose under this Act, shall be limited to the determination and adjustment, if any, appropriate under the law in effect prior to such effective date.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/9-215.1

    (220 ILCS 5/9-215.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-215.1)
    Sec. 9-215.1. Capacity purchased from a qualified local solid waste energy facility shall not be included in the calculation of an electric utility's electricity generating capacity for the purposes of this Act, and shall not affect the determination of property that is used and useful for purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-882.)

220 ILCS 5/9-216

    (220 ILCS 5/9-216) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-216)
    Sec. 9-216. The Commission shall establish, by rulemaking, the policies and procedures which shall be utilized in evaluating and deciding any requests for the recovery and allocation of reasonable and prudent costs incurred in the construction of generation or production facilities which have been cancelled. In establishing such policies and procedures the Commission shall consider all relevant factors, including, but not limited to, the prudence and reasonableness of such costs, the reasons for cancellation, the consistency of construction and cancellation with certification and reevaluation criteria and proceedings, the need to provide proper incentives for future construction and cancellation decisions, and the balance of equities between ratepayers and shareholders.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

220 ILCS 5/9-217

    (220 ILCS 5/9-217) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-217)
    Sec. 9-217. In each case or proceeding to determine the reasonableness of rates for any electric utility which involves the proposed inclusion of a significant new generation or production facility in rate base, the Commission may consider the adoption of a rate moderation plan which is designed to diminish the immediate rate impact of such proposed inclusion.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/9-220

    (220 ILCS 5/9-220) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-220)
    Sec. 9-220. Rate changes based on changes in fuel costs.
    (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 9-201, the Commission may authorize the increase or decrease of rates and charges based upon changes in the cost of fuel used in the generation or production of electric power, changes in the cost of purchased power, or changes in the cost of purchased gas through the application of fuel adjustment clauses or purchased gas adjustment clauses. The Commission may also authorize the increase or decrease of rates and charges based upon expenditures or revenues resulting from the purchase or sale of emission allowances created under the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, through such fuel adjustment clauses, as a cost of fuel. For the purposes of this paragraph, cost of fuel used in the generation or production of electric power shall include the amount of any fees paid by the utility for the implementation and operation of a process for the desulfurization of the flue gas when burning high sulfur coal at any location within the State of Illinois irrespective of the attainment status designation of such location; but shall not include transportation costs of coal (i) except to the extent that for contracts entered into on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, the cost of the coal, including transportation costs, constitutes the lowest cost for adequate and reliable fuel supply reasonably available to the public utility in comparison to the cost, including transportation costs, of other adequate and reliable sources of fuel supply reasonably available to the public utility, or (ii) except as otherwise provided in the next 3 sentences of this paragraph. Such costs of fuel shall, when requested by a utility or at the conclusion of the utility's next general electric rate proceeding, whichever shall first occur, include transportation costs of coal purchased under existing coal purchase contracts. For purposes of this paragraph "existing coal purchase contracts" means contracts for the purchase of coal in effect on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991, as such contracts may thereafter be amended, but only to the extent that any such amendment does not increase the aggregate quantity of coal to be purchased under such contract. Nothing herein shall authorize an electric utility to recover through its fuel adjustment clause any amounts of transportation costs of coal that were included in the revenue requirement used to set base rates in its most recent general rate proceeding. Cost shall be based upon uniformly applied accounting principles. Annually, the Commission shall initiate public hearings to determine whether the clauses reflect actual costs of fuel, gas, power, or coal transportation purchased to determine whether such purchases were prudent, and to reconcile any amounts collected with the actual costs of fuel, power, gas, or coal transportation prudently purchased. In each such proceeding, the burden of proof shall be upon the utility to establish the prudence of its cost of fuel, power, gas, or coal transportation purchases and costs. The Commission shall issue its final order in each such annual proceeding for an electric utility by December 31 of the year immediately following the year to which the proceeding pertains, provided, that the Commission shall issue its final order with respect to such annual proceeding for the years 1996 and earlier by December 31, 1998.
    (b) A public utility providing electric service, other than a public utility described in subsections (e) or (f) of this Section, may at any time during the mandatory transition period file with the Commission proposed tariff sheets that eliminate the public utility's fuel adjustment clause and adjust the public utility's base rate tariffs by the amount necessary for the base fuel component of the base rates to recover the public utility's average fuel and power supply costs per kilowatt-hour for the 2 most recent years for which the Commission has issued final orders in annual proceedings pursuant to subsection (a), where the average fuel and power supply costs per kilowatt-hour shall be calculated as the sum of the public utility's prudent and allowable fuel and power supply costs as found by the Commission in the 2 proceedings divided by the public utility's actual jurisdictional kilowatt-hour sales for those 2 years. Notwithstanding any contrary or inconsistent provisions in Section 9-201 of this Act, in subsection (a) of this Section or in any rules or regulations promulgated by the Commission pursuant to subsection (g) of this Section, the Commission shall review and shall by order approve, or approve as modified, the proposed tariff sheets within 60 days after the date of the public utility's filing. The Commission may modify the public utility's proposed tariff sheets only to the extent the Commission finds necessary to achieve conformance to the requirements of this subsection (b). During the 5 years following the date of the Commission's order, but in any event no earlier than January 1, 2007, a public utility whose fuel adjustment clause has been eliminated pursuant to this subsection shall not file proposed tariff sheets seeking, or otherwise petition the Commission for, reinstatement of a fuel adjustment clause.
    (c) Notwithstanding any contrary or inconsistent provisions in Section 9-201 of this Act, in subsection (a) of this Section or in any rules or regulations promulgated by the Commission pursuant to subsection (g) of this Section, a public utility providing electric service, other than a public utility described in subsection (e) or (f) of this Section, may at any time during the mandatory transition period file with the Commission proposed tariff sheets that establish the rate per kilowatt-hour to be applied pursuant to the public utility's fuel adjustment clause at the average value for such rate during the preceding 24 months, provided that such average rate results in a credit to customers' bills, without making any revisions to the public utility's base rate tariffs. The proposed tariff sheets shall establish the fuel adjustment rate for a specific time period of at least 3 years but not more than 5 years, provided that the terms and conditions for any reinstatement earlier than 5 years shall be set forth in the proposed tariff sheets and subject to modification or approval by the Commission. The Commission shall review and shall by order approve the proposed tariff sheets if it finds that the requirements of this subsection are met. The Commission shall not conduct the annual hearings specified in the last 3 sentences of subsection (a) of this Section for the utility for the period that the factor established pursuant to this subsection is in effect.
    (d) A public utility providing electric service, or a public utility providing gas service may file with the Commission proposed tariff sheets that eliminate the public utility's fuel or purchased gas adjustment clause and adjust the public utility's base rate tariffs to provide for recovery of power supply costs or gas supply costs that would have been recovered through such clause; provided, that the provisions of this subsection (d) shall not be available to a public utility described in subsections (e) or (f) of this Section to eliminate its fuel adjustment clause. Notwithstanding any contrary or inconsistent provisions in Section 9-201 of this Act, in subsection (a) of this Section, or in any rules or regulations promulgated by the Commission pursuant to subsection (g) of this Section, the Commission shall review and shall by order approve, or approve as modified in the Commission's order, the proposed tariff sheets within 240 days after the date of the public utility's filing. The Commission's order shall approve rates and charges that the Commission, based on information in the public utility's filing or on the record if a hearing is held by the Commission, finds will recover the reasonable, prudent and necessary jurisdictional power supply costs or gas supply costs incurred or to be incurred by the public utility during a 12 month period found by the Commission to be appropriate for these purposes, provided, that such period shall be either (i) a 12 month historical period occurring during the 15 months ending on the date of the public utility's filing, or (ii) a 12 month future period ending no later than 15 months following the date of the public utility's filing. The public utility shall include with its tariff filing information showing both (1) its actual jurisdictional power supply costs or gas supply costs for a 12 month historical period conforming to (i) above and (2) its projected jurisdictional power supply costs or gas supply costs for a future 12 month period conforming to (ii) above. If the Commission's order requires modifications in the tariff sheets filed by the public utility, the public utility shall have 7 days following the date of the order to notify the Commission whether the public utility will implement the modified tariffs or elect to continue its fuel or purchased gas adjustment clause in force as though no order had been entered. The Commission's order shall provide for any reconciliation of power supply costs or gas supply costs, as the case may be, and associated revenues through the date that the public utility's fuel or purchased gas adjustment clause is eliminated. During the 5 years following the date of the Commission's order, a public utility whose fuel or purchased gas adjustment clause has been eliminated pursuant to this subsection shall not file proposed tariff sheets seeking, or otherwise petition the Commission for, reinstatement or adoption of a fuel or purchased gas adjustment clause. Nothing in this subsection (d) shall be construed as limiting the Commission's authority to eliminate a public utility's fuel adjustment clause or purchased gas adjustment clause in accordance with any other applicable provisions of this Act.
    (e) Notwithstanding any contrary or inconsistent provisions in Section 9-201 of this Act, in subsection (a) of this Section, or in any rules promulgated by the Commission pursuant to subsection (g) of this Section, a public utility providing electric service to more than 1,000,000 customers in this State may, within the first 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, file with the Commission proposed tariff sheets that eliminate, effective January 1, 1997, the public utility's fuel adjustment clause without adjusting its base rates, and such tariff sheets shall be effective upon filing. To the extent the application of the fuel adjustment clause had resulted in net charges to customers after January 1, 1997, the utility shall also file a tariff sheet that provides for a refund stated on a per kilowatt-hour basis of such charges over a period not to exceed 6 months; provided however, that such refund shall not include the proportional amounts of taxes paid under the Use Tax Act, Service Use Tax Act, Service Occupation Tax Act, and Retailers' Occupation Tax Act on fuel used in generation. The Commission shall issue an order within 45 days after the date of the public utility's filing approving or approving as modified such tariff sheet. If the fuel adjustment clause is eliminated pursuant to this subsection, the Commission shall not conduct the annual hearings specified in the last 3 sentences of subsection (a) of this Section for the utility for any period after December 31, 1996 and prior to any reinstatement of such clause. A public utility whose fuel adjustment clause has been eliminated pursuant to this subsection shall not file a proposed tariff sheet seeking, or otherwise petition the Commission for, reinstatement of the fuel adjustment clause prior to January 1, 2007.
    (f) Notwithstanding any contrary or inconsistent provisions in Section 9-201 of this Act, in subsection (a) of this Section, or in any rules or regulations promulgated by the Commission pursuant to subsection (g) of this Section, a public utility providing electric service to more than 500,000 customers but fewer than 1,000,000 customers in this State may, within the first 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, file with the Commission proposed tariff sheets that eliminate, effective January 1, 1997, the public utility's fuel adjustment clause and adjust its base rates by the amount necessary for the base fuel component of the base rates to recover 91% of the public utility's average fuel and power supply costs for the 2 most recent years for which the Commission, as of January 1, 1997, has issued final orders in annual proceedings pursuant to subsection (a), where the average fuel and power supply costs per kilowatt-hour shall be calculated as the sum of the public utility's prudent and allowable fuel and power supply costs as found by the Commission in the 2 proceedings divided by the public utility's actual jurisdictional kilowatt-hour sales for those 2 years, provided, that such tariff sheets shall be effective upon filing. To the extent the application of the fuel adjustment clause had resulted in net charges to customers after January 1, 1997, the utility shall also file a tariff sheet that provides for a refund stated on a per kilowatt-hour basis of such charges over a period not to exceed 6 months. Provided however, that such refund shall not include the proportional amounts of taxes paid under the Use Tax Act, Service Use Tax Act, Service Occupation Tax Act, and Retailers' Occupation Tax Act on fuel used in generation. The Commission shall issue an order within 45 days after the date of the public utility's filing approving or approving as modified such tariff sheet. If the fuel adjustment clause is eliminated pursuant to this subsection, the Commission shall not conduct the annual hearings specified in the last 3 sentences of subsection (a) of this Section for the utility for any period after December 31, 1996 and prior to any reinstatement of such clause. A public utility whose fuel adjustment clause has been eliminated pursuant to this subsection shall not file a proposed tariff sheet seeking, or otherwise petition the Commission for, reinstatement of the fuel adjustment clause prior to January 1, 2007.
    (g) The Commission shall have authority to promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this Section.
    (h) Any Illinois gas utility may enter into a contract on or before September 30, 2011 for up to 10 years of supply with any company for the purchase of substitute natural gas (SNG) produced from coal through the gasification process if the company has commenced construction of a clean coal SNG facility by July 1, 2012 and commencement of construction shall mean that material physical site work has occurred, such as site clearing and excavation, water runoff prevention, water retention reservoir preparation, or foundation development. The contract shall contain the following provisions: (i) at least 90% of feedstock to be used in the gasification process shall be coal with a high volatile bituminous rank and greater than 1.7 pounds of sulfur per million Btu content; (ii) at the time the contract term commences, the price per million Btu may not exceed $7.95 in 2008 dollars, adjusted annually based on the change in the Annual Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Midwest Region as published in April by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (or a suitable Consumer Price Index calculation if this Consumer Price Index is not available) for the previous calendar year; provided that the price per million Btu shall not exceed $9.95 at any time during the contract; (iii) the utility's supply contract for the purchase of SNG does not exceed 15% of the annual system supply requirements of the utility as of 2008; and (iv) the contract costs pursuant to subsection (h-10) of this Section shall not include any lobbying expenses, charitable contributions, advertising, organizational memberships, carbon dioxide pipeline or sequestration expenses, or marketing expenses.
    Any gas utility that is providing service to more than 150,000 customers on August 2, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 97-239) shall either elect to enter into a contract on or before September 30, 2011 for 10 years of SNG supply with the owner of a clean coal SNG facility or to file biennial rate proceedings before the Commission in the years 2012, 2014, and 2016, with such filings made after August 2, 2011 and no later than September 30 of the years 2012, 2014, and 2016 consistent with all requirements of 83 Ill. Adm. Code 255 and 285 as though the gas utility were filing for an increase in its rates, without regard to whether such filing would produce an increase, a decrease, or no change in the gas utility's rates, and the Commission shall review the gas utility's filing and shall issue its order in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-201 of this Act.
    Within 7 days after August 2, 2011, the owner of the clean coal SNG facility shall submit to the Illinois Power Agency and each gas utility that is providing service to more than 150,000 customers on August 2, 2011 a copy of a draft contract. Within 30 days after the receipt of the draft contract, each such gas utility shall provide the Illinois Power Agency and the owner of the clean coal SNG facility with its comments and recommended revisions to the draft contract. Within 7 days after the receipt of the gas utility's comments and recommended revisions, the owner of the facility shall submit its responsive comments and a further revised draft of the contract to the Illinois Power Agency. The Illinois Power Agency shall review the draft contract and comments.
    During its review of the draft contract, the Illinois Power Agency shall:
        (1) review and confirm in writing that the terms
    
stated in this subsection (h) are incorporated in the SNG contract;
        (2) review the SNG pricing formula included in the
    
contract and approve that formula if the Illinois Power Agency determines that the formula, at the time the contract term commences: (A) starts with a price of $6.50 per MMBtu adjusted by the adjusted final capitalized plant cost; (B) takes into account budgeted miscellaneous net revenue after cost allowance, including sale of SNG produced by the clean coal SNG facility above the nameplate capacity of the facility and other by-products produced by the facility, as approved by the Illinois Power Agency; (C) does not include carbon dioxide transportation or sequestration expenses; and (D) includes all provisions required under this subsection (h); if the Illinois Power Agency does not approve of the SNG pricing formula, then the Illinois Power Agency shall modify the formula to ensure that it meets the requirements of this subsection (h);
        (3) review and approve the amount of budgeted
    
miscellaneous net revenue after cost allowance, including sale of SNG produced by the clean coal SNG facility above the nameplate capacity of the facility and other by-products produced by the facility, to be included in the pricing formula; the Illinois Power Agency shall approve the amount of budgeted miscellaneous net revenue to be included in the pricing formula if it determines the budgeted amount to be reasonable and accurate;
        (4) review and confirm in writing that using the EIA
    
Annual Energy Outlook-2011 Henry Hub Spot Price, the contract terms set out in subsection (h), the reconciliation account terms as set out in subsection (h-15), and an estimated inflation rate of 2.5% for each corresponding year, that there will be no cumulative estimated increase for residential customers; and
        (5) allocate the nameplate capacity of the clean coal
    
SNG by total therms sold to ultimate customers by each gas utility in 2008; provided, however, no utility shall be required to purchase more than 42% of the projected annual output of the facility; additionally, the Illinois Power Agency shall further adjust the allocation only as required to take into account (A) adverse consolidation, derivative, or lease impacts to the balance sheet or income statement of any gas utility or (B) the physical capacity of the gas utility to accept SNG.
    If the parties to the contract do not agree on the terms therein, then the Illinois Power Agency shall retain an independent mediator to mediate the dispute between the parties. If the parties are in agreement on the terms of the contract, then the Illinois Power Agency shall approve the contract. If after mediation the parties have failed to come to agreement, then the Illinois Power Agency shall revise the draft contract as necessary to confirm that the contract contains only terms that are reasonable and equitable. The Illinois Power Agency may, in its discretion, retain an independent, qualified, and experienced expert to assist in its obligations under this subsection (h). The Illinois Power Agency shall adopt and make public policies detailing the processes for retaining a mediator and an expert under this subsection (h). Any mediator or expert retained under this subsection (h) shall be retained no later than 60 days after August 2, 2011.
    The Illinois Power Agency shall complete all of its responsibilities under this subsection (h) within 60 days after August 2, 2011. The clean coal SNG facility shall pay a reasonable fee as required by the Illinois Power Agency for its services under this subsection (h) and shall pay the mediator's and expert's reasonable fees, if any. A gas utility and its customers shall have no obligation to reimburse the clean coal SNG facility or the Illinois Power Agency of any such costs.
    Within 30 days after commercial production of SNG has begun, the Commission shall initiate a review to determine whether the final capitalized plant cost of the clean coal SNG facility reflects actual incurred costs and whether the incurred costs were reasonable. In determining the actual incurred costs included in the final capitalized plant cost and the reasonableness of those costs, the Commission may in its discretion retain independent, qualified, and experienced experts to assist in its determination. The expert shall not own or control any direct or indirect interest in the clean coal SNG facility and shall have no contractual relationship with the clean coal SNG facility. If an expert is retained by the Commission, then the clean coal SNG facility shall pay the expert's reasonable fees. The fees shall not be passed on to a utility or its customers. The Commission shall adopt and make public a policy detailing the process for retaining experts under this subsection (h).
    Within 30 days after completion of its review, the Commission shall initiate a formal proceeding on the final capitalized plant cost of the clean coal SNG facility at which comments and testimony may be submitted by any interested parties and the public. If the Commission finds that the final capitalized plant cost includes costs that were not actually incurred or costs that were unreasonably incurred, then the Commission shall disallow the amount of non-incurred or unreasonable costs from the SNG price under contracts entered into under this subsection (h). If the Commission disallows any costs, then the Commission shall adjust the SNG price using the price formula in the contract approved by the Illinois Power Agency under this subsection (h) to reflect the disallowed costs and shall enter an order specifying the revised price. In addition, the Commission's order shall direct the clean coal SNG facility to issue refunds of such sums as shall represent the difference between actual gross revenues and the gross revenue that would have been obtained based upon the same volume, from the price revised by the Commission. Any refund shall include interest calculated at a rate determined by the Commission and shall be returned according to procedures prescribed by the Commission.
    Nothing in this subsection (h) shall preclude any party affected by a decision of the Commission under this subsection (h) from seeking judicial review of the Commission's decision.
    (h-1) Any Illinois gas utility may enter into a sourcing agreement for up to 30 years of supply with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility if the clean coal SNG brownfield facility has commenced construction. Any gas utility that is providing service to more than 150,000 customers on July 13, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 97-096) shall either elect to file biennial rate proceedings before the Commission in the years 2012, 2014, and 2016 or enter into a sourcing agreement or sourcing agreements with a clean coal SNG brownfield facility with an initial term of 30 years for either (i) a percentage of 43,500,000,000 cubic feet per year, such that the utilities entering into sourcing agreements with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility purchase 100%, allocated by total therms sold to ultimate customers by each gas utility in 2008 or (ii) such lesser amount as may be available from the clean coal SNG brownfield facility; provided that no utility shall be required to purchase more than 42% of the projected annual output of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, with the remainder of such utility's obligation to be divided proportionately between the other utilities, and provided that the Illinois Power Agency shall further adjust the allocation only as required to take into account adverse consolidation, derivative, or lease impacts to the balance sheet or income statement of any gas utility.
    A gas utility electing to file biennial rate proceedings before the Commission must file a notice of its election with the Commission within 60 days after July 13, 2011 or its right to make the election is irrevocably waived. A gas utility electing to file biennial rate proceedings shall make such filings no later than August 1 of the years 2012, 2014, and 2016, consistent with all requirements of 83 Ill. Adm. Code 255 and 285 as though the gas utility were filing for an increase in its rates, without regard to whether such filing would produce an increase, a decrease, or no change in the gas utility's rates, and notwithstanding any other provisions of this Act, the Commission shall fully review the gas utility's filing and shall issue its order in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-201 of this Act, regardless of whether the Commission has approved a formula rate for the gas utility.
    Within 15 days after July 13, 2011, the owner of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall submit to the Illinois Power Agency and each gas utility that is providing service to more than 150,000 customers on July 13, 2011 a copy of a draft sourcing agreement. Within 45 days after receipt of the draft sourcing agreement, each such gas utility shall provide the Illinois Power Agency and the owner of a clean coal SNG brownfield facility with its comments and recommended revisions to the draft sourcing agreement. Within 15 days after the receipt of the gas utility's comments and recommended revisions, the owner of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall submit its responsive comments and a further revised draft of the sourcing agreement to the Illinois Power Agency. The Illinois Power Agency shall review the draft sourcing agreement and comments.
    If the parties to the sourcing agreement do not agree on the terms therein, then the Illinois Power Agency shall retain an independent mediator to mediate the dispute between the parties. If the parties are in agreement on the terms of the sourcing agreement, the Illinois Power Agency shall approve the final draft sourcing agreement. If after mediation the parties have failed to come to agreement, then the Illinois Power Agency shall revise the draft sourcing agreement as necessary to confirm that the final draft sourcing agreement contains only terms that are reasonable and equitable. The Illinois Power Agency shall adopt and make public a policy detailing the process for retaining a mediator under this subsection (h-1). Any mediator retained to assist with mediating disputes between the parties regarding the sourcing agreement shall be retained no later than 60 days after July 13, 2011.
    Upon approval of a final draft agreement, the Illinois Power Agency shall submit the final draft agreement to the Capital Development Board and the Commission no later than 90 days after July 13, 2011. The gas utility and the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall pay a reasonable fee as required by the Illinois Power Agency for its services under this subsection (h-1) and shall pay the mediator's reasonable fees, if any. The Illinois Power Agency shall adopt and make public a policy detailing the process for retaining a mediator under this Section.
    The sourcing agreement between a gas utility and the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall contain the following provisions:
        (1) Any and all coal used in the gasification process
    
must be coal that has high volatile bituminous rank and greater than 1.7 pounds of sulfur per million Btu content.
        (2) Coal and petroleum coke are feedstocks for the
    
gasification process, with coal comprising at least 50% of the total feedstock over the term of the sourcing agreement unless the facility reasonably determines that it is necessary to use additional petroleum coke to deliver net consumer savings, in which case the facility shall use coal for at least 35% of the total feedstock over the term of any sourcing agreement and with the feedstocks to be procured in accordance with requirements of Section 1-78 of the Illinois Power Agency Act.
        (3) The sourcing agreement has an initial term that
    
once entered into terminates no more than 30 years after the commencement of the commercial production of SNG at the clean coal SNG brownfield facility.
        (4) The clean coal SNG brownfield facility guarantees
    
a minimum of $100,000,000 in consumer savings to customers of the utilities that have entered into sourcing agreements with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, calculated in real 2010 dollars at the conclusion of the term of the sourcing agreement by comparing the delivered SNG price to the Chicago City-gate price on a weighted daily basis for each day over the entire term of the sourcing agreement, to be provided in accordance with subsection (h-2) of this Section.
        (5) Prior to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility
    
issuing a notice to proceed to construction, the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall establish a consumer protection reserve account for the benefit of the customers of the utilities that have entered into sourcing agreements with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility pursuant to this subsection (h-1), with cash principal in the amount of $150,000,000. This cash principal shall only be recoverable through the consumer protection reserve account and not as a cost to be recovered in the delivered SNG price pursuant to subsection (h-3) of this Section. The consumer protection reserve account shall be maintained and administered by an independent trustee that is mutually agreed upon by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, the utilities, and the Commission in an interest-bearing account in accordance with subsection (h-2) of this Section.
        "Consumer protection reserve account principal
    
maximum amount" shall mean the maximum amount of principal to be maintained in the consumer protection reserve account. During the first 2 years of operation of the facility, there shall be no consumer protection reserve account maximum amount. After the first 2 years of operation of the facility, the consumer protection reserve account maximum amount shall be $150,000,000. After 5 years of operation, and every 5 years thereafter, the trustee shall calculate the 5-year average balance of the consumer protection reserve account. If the trustee determines that during the prior 5 years the consumer protection reserve account has had an average account balance of less than $75,000,000, then the consumer protection reserve account principal maximum amount shall be increased by $5,000,000. If the trustee determines that during the prior 5 years the consumer protection reserve account has had an average account balance of more than $75,000,000, then the consumer protection reserve account principal maximum amount shall be decreased by $5,000,000.
        (6) The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall
    
identify and sell economically viable by-products produced by the facility.
        (7) Fifty percent of all additional net revenue,
    
defined as miscellaneous net revenue from products produced by the facility and delivered during the month after cost allowance for costs associated with additional net revenue that are not otherwise recoverable pursuant to subsection (h-3) of this Section, including net revenue from sales of substitute natural gas derived from the facility above the nameplate capacity of the facility and other by-products produced by the facility, shall be credited to the consumer protection reserve account pursuant to subsection (h-2) of this Section.
        (8) The delivered SNG price per million btu to be
    
paid monthly by the utility to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, which shall be based only upon the following: (A) a capital recovery charge, operations and maintenance costs, and sequestration costs, only to the extent approved by the Commission pursuant to paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subsection (h-3) of this Section; (B) the actual delivered and processed fuel costs pursuant to paragraph (4) of subsection (h-3) of this Section; (C) actual costs of SNG transportation pursuant to paragraph (6) of subsection (h-3) of this Section; (D) certain taxes and fees imposed by the federal government, the State, or any unit of local government as provided in paragraph (6) of subsection (h-3) of this Section; and (E) the credit, if any, from the consumer protection reserve account pursuant to subsection (h-2) of this Section. The delivered SNG price per million Btu shall proportionately reflect these elements over the term of the sourcing agreement.
        (9) A formula to translate the recoverable costs and
    
charges under subsection (h-3) of this Section into the delivered SNG price per million btu.
        (10) Title to the SNG shall pass at a mutually
    
agreeable point in Illinois, and may provide that, rather than the utility taking title to the SNG, a mutually agreed upon third-party gas marketer pursuant to a contract approved by the Illinois Power Agency or its designee may take title to the SNG pursuant to an agreement between the utility, the owner of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, and the third-party gas marketer.
        (11) A utility may exit the sourcing agreement
    
without penalty if the clean coal SNG brownfield facility does not commence construction by July 1, 2015.
        (12) A utility is responsible to pay only the
    
Commission determined unit price cost of SNG that is purchased by the utility. Nothing in the sourcing agreement will obligate a utility to invest capital in a clean coal SNG brownfield facility.
        (13) The quality of SNG must, at a minimum, be
    
equivalent to the quality required for interstate pipeline gas before a utility is required to accept and pay for SNG gas.
        (14) Nothing in the sourcing agreement will require a
    
utility to construct any facilities to accept delivery of SNG. Provided, however, if a utility is required by law or otherwise elects to connect the clean coal SNG brownfield facility to an interstate pipeline, then the utility shall be entitled to recover pursuant to its tariffs all just and reasonable costs that are prudently incurred. Any costs incurred by the utility to receive, deliver, manage, or otherwise accommodate purchases under the SNG sourcing agreement will be fully recoverable through a utility's purchased gas adjustment clause rider mechanism in conjunction with a SNG brownfield facility rider mechanism. The SNG brownfield facility rider mechanism (A) shall be applicable to all customers who receive transportation service from the utility, (B) shall be designed to have an equal percent impact on the transportation services rates of each class of the utility's customers, and (C) shall accurately reflect the net consumer savings, if any, and above-market costs, if any, associated with the utility receiving, delivering, managing, or otherwise accommodating purchases under the SNG sourcing agreement.
        (15) Remedies for the clean coal SNG brownfield
    
facility's failure to deliver a designated amount for a designated period.
        (16) The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall
    
make a good faith effort to ensure that an amount equal to not less than 15% of the value of its prime construction contract for the facility shall be established as a goal to be awarded to minority owned businesses, female owned businesses, and businesses owned by a person with a disability; provided that at least 75% of the amount of such total goal shall be for minority owned businesses. "Minority owned business", "female owned business", and "business owned by a person with a disability" shall have the meanings ascribed to them in Section 2 of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities Act.
        (17) Prior to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility
    
issuing a notice to proceed to construction, the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall file with the Commission a certificate from an independent engineer that the clean coal SNG brownfield facility has (A) obtained all applicable State and federal environmental permits required for construction; (B) obtained approval from the Commission of a carbon capture and sequestration plan; and (C) obtained all necessary permits required for construction for the transportation and sequestration of carbon dioxide as set forth in the Commission-approved carbon capture and sequestration plan.
    (h-2) Consumer protection reserve account. The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall guarantee a minimum of $100,000,000 in consumer savings to customers of the utilities that have entered into sourcing agreements with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, calculated in real 2010 dollars at the conclusion of the term of the sourcing agreement by comparing the delivered SNG price to the Chicago City-gate price on a weighted daily basis for each day over the entire term of the sourcing agreement. Prior to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility issuing a notice to proceed to construction, the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall establish a consumer protection reserve account for the benefit of the retail customers of the utilities that have entered into sourcing agreements with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility pursuant to subsection (h-1), with cash principal in the amount of $150,000,000. Such cash principal shall only be recovered through the consumer protection reserve account and not as a cost to be recovered in the delivered SNG price pursuant to subsection (h-3) of this Section. The consumer protection reserve account shall be maintained and administered by an independent trustee that is mutually agreed upon by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, the utilities, and the Commission in an interest-bearing account in accordance with the following:
        (1) The clean coal SNG brownfield facility monthly
    
shall calculate (A) the difference between the monthly delivered SNG price and the Chicago City-gate price, by comparing the delivered SNG price, which shall include the cost of transportation to the delivery point, if any, to the Chicago City-gate price on a weighted daily basis for each day of the prior month based upon a mutually agreed upon published index and (B) the overage amount, if any, by calculating the annualized incremental additional cost, if any, of the delivered SNG in excess of 2.015% of the average annual inflation-adjusted amounts paid by all gas distribution customers in connection with natural gas service during the 5 years ending May 31, 2010.
        (2) During the first 2 years of operation of the
    
facility:
            (A) to the extent there is an overage amount, the
        
consumer protection reserve account shall be used to provide a credit to reduce the SNG price by an amount equal to the overage amount; and
            (B) to the extent the monthly delivered SNG price
        
is less than or equal to the Chicago City-gate price, the utility shall credit the difference between the monthly delivered SNG price and the monthly Chicago City-gate price, if any, to the consumer protection reserve account. Such credit issued pursuant to this paragraph (B) shall be deemed prudent and reasonable and not subject to a Commission prudence review;
        (3) After 2 years of operation of the facility, and
    
monthly, on an on-going basis, thereafter:
            (A) to the extent that the monthly delivered SNG
        
price is less than or equal to the Chicago City-gate price, calculated using the weighted average of the daily Chicago City-gate price on a daily basis over the entire month, the utility shall credit the difference, if any, to the consumer protection reserve account. Such credit issued pursuant to this subparagraph (A) shall be deemed prudent and reasonable and not subject to a Commission prudence review;
            (B) any amounts in the consumer protection
        
reserve account in excess of the consumer protection reserve account principal maximum amount shall be distributed as follows: (i) if retail customers have not realized net consumer savings, calculated by comparing the delivered SNG price to the weighted average of the daily Chicago City-gate price on a daily basis over the entire term of the sourcing agreement to date, then 50% of any amounts in the consumer protection reserve account in excess of the consumer protection reserve account principal maximum shall be distributed to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, with the remaining 50% of any such additional amounts being credited to retail customers, and (ii) if retail customers have realized net consumer savings, then 100% of any amounts in the consumer protection reserve account in excess of the consumer protection reserve account principal maximum shall be distributed to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility; provided, however, that under no circumstances shall the total cumulative amount distributed to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility under this subparagraph (B) exceed $150,000,000;
            (C) to the extent there is an overage amount,
        
after distributing the amounts pursuant to subparagraph (B) of this paragraph (3), if any, the consumer protection reserve account shall be used to provide a credit to reduce the SNG price by an amount equal to the overage amount;
            (D) if retail customers have realized net
        
consumer savings, calculated by comparing the delivered SNG price to the weighted average of the daily Chicago City-gate price on a daily basis over the entire term of the sourcing agreement to date, then after distributing the amounts pursuant to subparagraphs (B) and (C) of this paragraph (3), 50% of any additional amounts in the consumer protection reserve account in excess of the consumer protection reserve account principal maximum shall be distributed to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, with the remaining 50% of any such additional amounts being credited to retail customers; provided, however, that if retail customers have not realized such net consumer savings, no such distribution shall be made to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, and 100% of such additional amounts shall be credited to the retail customers to the extent the consumer protection reserve account exceeds the consumer protection reserve account principal maximum amount.
        (4) Fifty percent of all additional net revenue,
    
defined as miscellaneous net revenue after cost allowance for costs associated with additional net revenue that are not otherwise recoverable pursuant to subsection (h-3) of this Section, including net revenue from sales of substitute natural gas derived from the facility above the nameplate capacity of the facility and other by-products produced by the facility, shall be credited to the consumer protection reserve account.
        (5) At the conclusion of the term of the sourcing
    
agreement, to the extent retail customers have not saved the minimum of $100,000,000 in consumer savings as guaranteed in this subsection (h-2), amounts in the consumer protection reserve account shall be credited to retail customers to the extent the retail customers have saved the minimum of $100,000,000; 50% of any additional amounts in the consumer protection reserve account shall be distributed to the company, and the remaining 50% shall be distributed to retail customers.
        (6) If, at the conclusion of the term of the sourcing
    
agreement, the customers have not saved the minimum $100,000,000 in savings as guaranteed in this subsection (h-2) and the consumer protection reserve account has been depleted, then the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall be liable for any remaining amount owed to the retail customers to the extent that the customers are provided with the $100,000,000 in savings as guaranteed in this subsection (h-2). The retail customers shall have first priority in recovering that debt above any creditors, except the original senior secured lender to the extent that the original senior secured lender has any senior secured debt outstanding, including any clean coal SNG brownfield facility parent companies or affiliates.
        (7) The clean coal SNG brownfield facility, the
    
utilities, and the trustee shall work together to take commercially reasonable steps to minimize the tax impact of these transactions, while preserving the consumer benefits.
        (8) The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall each
    
month, starting in the facility's first year of commercial operation, file with the Commission, in such form as the Commission shall require, a report as to the consumer protection reserve account. The monthly report must contain the following information:
            (A) the extent the monthly delivered SNG price is
        
greater than, less than, or equal to the Chicago City-gate price;
            (B) the amount credited or debited to the
        
consumer protection reserve account during the month;
            (C) the amounts credited to consumers and
        
distributed to the clean coal SNG brownfield facility during the month;
            (D) the total amount of the consumer protection
        
reserve account at the beginning and end of the month;
            (E) the total amount of consumer savings to date;
            (F) a confidential summary of the inputs used to
        
calculate the additional net revenue; and
            (G) any other additional information the
        
Commission shall require.
        When any report is erroneous or defective or appears
    
to the Commission to be erroneous or defective, the Commission may notify the clean coal SNG brownfield facility to amend the report within 30 days, and, before or after the termination of the 30-day period, the Commission may examine the trustee of the consumer protection reserve account or the officers, agents, employees, books, records, or accounts of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility and correct such items in the report as upon such examination the Commission may find defective or erroneous. All reports shall be under oath.
        All reports made to the Commission by the clean coal
    
SNG brownfield facility and the contents of the reports shall be open to public inspection and shall be deemed a public record under the Freedom of Information Act. Such reports shall be preserved in the office of the Commission. The Commission shall publish an annual summary of the reports prior to February 1 of the following year. The annual summary shall be made available to the public on the Commission's website and shall be submitted to the General Assembly.
        Any facility that fails to file a report required
    
under this paragraph (8) to the Commission within the time specified or to make specific answer to any question propounded by the Commission within 30 days from the time it is lawfully required to do so, or within such further time not to exceed 90 days as may in its discretion be allowed by the Commission, shall pay a penalty of $500 to the Commission for each day it is in default.
        Any person who willfully makes any false report to
    
the Commission or to any member, officer, or employee thereof, any person who willfully in a report withholds or fails to provide material information to which the Commission is entitled under this paragraph (8) and which information is either required to be filed by statute, rule, regulation, order, or decision of the Commission or has been requested by the Commission, and any person who willfully aids or abets such person shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (h-3) Recoverable costs and revenue by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility.
        (1) A capital recovery charge approved by the
    
Commission shall be recoverable by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility under a sourcing agreement. The capital recovery charge shall be comprised of capital costs and a reasonable rate of return. "Capital costs" means costs to be incurred in connection with the construction and development of a facility, as defined in Section 1-10 of the Illinois Power Agency Act, and such other costs as the Capital Development Board deems appropriate to be recovered in the capital recovery charge.
            (A) Capital costs. The Capital Development Board
        
shall calculate a range of capital costs that it believes would be reasonable for the clean coal SNG brownfield facility to recover under the sourcing agreement. In making this determination, the Capital Development Board shall review the facility cost report, if any, of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, adjusting the results based on the change in the Annual Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Midwest Region as published in April by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the final draft of the sourcing agreement, and the rate of return approved by the Commission. In addition, the Capital Development Board may consult as much as it deems necessary with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility and conduct whatever research and investigation it deems necessary.
            The Capital Development Board shall retain an
        
engineering expert to assist in determining both the range of capital costs and the range of operations and maintenance costs that it believes would be reasonable for the clean coal SNG brownfield facility to recover under the sourcing agreement. Provided, however, that such expert shall: (i) not have been involved in the clean coal SNG brownfield facility's facility cost report, if any, (ii) not own or control any direct or indirect interest in the initial clean coal facility, and (iii) have no contractual relationship with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility. In order to qualify as an independent expert, a person or company must have:
                (i) direct previous experience conducting
            
front-end engineering and design studies for large-scale energy facilities and administering large-scale energy operations and maintenance contracts, which may be particularized to the specific type of financing associated with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility;
                (ii) an advanced degree in economics,
            
mathematics, engineering, or a related area of study;
                (iii) ten years of experience in the energy
            
sector, including construction and risk management experience;
                (iv) expertise in assisting companies with
            
obtaining financing for large-scale energy projects, which may be particularized to the specific type of financing associated with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility;
                (v) expertise in operations and maintenance
            
which may be particularized to the specific type of operations and maintenance associated with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility;
                (vi) expertise in credit and contract
            
protocols;
                (vii) adequate resources to perform and
            
fulfill the required functions and responsibilities; and
                (viii) the absence of a conflict of interest
            
and inappropriate bias for or against an affected gas utility or the clean coal SNG brownfield facility.
            The clean coal SNG brownfield facility and the
        
Illinois Power Agency shall cooperate with the Capital Development Board in any investigation it deems necessary. The Capital Development Board shall make its final determination of the range of capital costs confidentially and shall submit that range to the Commission in a confidential filing within 120 days after July 13, 2011 (the effective date of Public Act 97-096). The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall submit to the Commission its estimate of the capital costs to be recovered under the sourcing agreement. Only after the clean coal SNG brownfield facility has submitted this estimate shall the Commission publicly announce the range of capital costs submitted by the Capital Development Board.
            In the event that the estimate submitted by the
        
clean coal SNG brownfield facility is within or below the range submitted by the Capital Development Board, the clean coal SNG brownfield facility's estimate shall be approved by the Commission as the amount of capital costs to be recovered under the sourcing agreement. In the event that the estimate submitted by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility is above the range submitted by the Capital Development Board, the amount of capital costs at the lowest end of the range submitted by the Capital Development Board shall be approved by the Commission as the amount of capital costs to be recovered under the sourcing agreement. Within 15 days after the Capital Development Board has submitted its range and the clean coal SNG brownfield facility has submitted its estimate, the Commission shall approve the capital costs for the clean coal SNG brownfield facility.
            The Capital Development Board shall monitor the
        
construction of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility for the full duration of construction to assess potential cost overruns. The Capital Development Board, in its discretion, may retain an expert to facilitate such monitoring. The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall pay a reasonable fee as required by the Capital Development Board for the Capital Development Board's services under this subsection (h-3) to be deposited into the Capital Development Board Revolving Fund, and such fee shall not be passed through to a utility or its customers. If an expert is retained by the Capital Development Board for monitoring of construction, then the clean coal SNG brownfield facility must pay for the expert's reasonable fees and such costs shall not be passed through to a utility or its customers.
            (B) Rate of Return. No later than 30 days after
        
the date on which the Illinois Power Agency submits a final draft sourcing agreement, the Commission shall hold a public hearing to determine the rate of return to be recovered under the sourcing agreement. Rate of return shall be comprised of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility's actual cost of debt, including mortgage-style amortization, and a reasonable return on equity. The Commission shall post notice of the hearing on its website no later than 10 days prior to the date of the hearing. The Commission shall provide the public and all interested parties, including the gas utilities, the Attorney General, and the Illinois Power Agency, an opportunity to be heard.
            In determining the return on equity, the
        
Commission shall select a commercially reasonable return on equity taking into account the return on equity being received by developers of similar facilities in or outside of Illinois, the need to balance an incentive for clean-coal technology with the need to protect ratepayers from high gas prices, the risks being borne by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility in the final draft sourcing agreement, and any other information that the Commission may deem relevant. The Commission may establish a return on equity that varies with the amount of savings, if any, to customers during the term of the sourcing agreement, comparing the delivered SNG price to a daily weighted average price of natural gas, based upon an index. The Illinois Power Agency shall recommend a return on equity to the Commission using the same criteria. Within 60 days after receiving the final draft sourcing agreement from the Illinois Power Agency, the Commission shall approve the rate of return for the clean coal brownfield facility. Within 30 days after obtaining debt financing for the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, the clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall file a notice with the Commission identifying the actual cost of debt.
        (2) Operations and maintenance costs approved by the
    
Commission shall be recoverable by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility under the sourcing agreement. The operations and maintenance costs mean costs that have been incurred for the administration, supervision, operation, maintenance, preservation, and protection of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility's physical plant.
        The Capital Development Board shall calculate a range
    
of operations and maintenance costs that it believes would be reasonable for the clean coal SNG brownfield facility to recover under the sourcing agreement, incorporating an inflation index or combination of inflation indices to most accurately reflect the actual costs of operating the clean coal SNG brownfield facility. In making this determination, the Capital Development Board shall review the facility cost report, if any, of the clean coal SNG brownfield facility, adjusting the results for inflation based on the change in the Annual Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Midwest Region as published in April by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the final draft of the sourcing agreement, and the rate of return approved by the Commission. In addition, the Capital Development Board may consult as much as it deems necessary with the clean coal SNG brownfield facility and conduct whatever research and investigation it deems necessary. As set forth in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) of this subsection (h-3), the Capital Development Board shall retain an independent engineering expert to assist in determining both the range of operations and maintenance costs that it believes would be reasonable for the clean coal SNG brownfield facility to recover under the sourcing agreement. The clean coal SNG brownfield facility and the Illinois Power Agency shall cooperate with the Capital Development Board in any investigation it deems necessary. The Capital Development Board shall make its final determination of the range of operations and maintenance costs confidentially and shall submit that range to the Commission in a confidential filing within 120 days after July 13, 2011.
        The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall submit
    
to the Commission its estimate of the operations and maintenance costs to be recovered under the sourcing agreement. Only after the clean coal SNG brownfield facility has submitted this estimate shall the Commission publicly announce the range of operations and maintenance costs submitted by the Capital Development Board. In the event that the estimate submitted by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility is within or below the range submitted by the Capital Development Board, the clean coal SNG brownfield facility's estimate shall be approved by the Commission as the amount of operations and maintenance costs to be recovered under the sourcing agreement. In the event that the estimate submitted by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility is above the range submitted by the Capital Development Board, the amount of operations and maintenance costs at the lowest end of the range submitted by the Capital Development Board shall be approved by the Commission as the amount of operations and maintenance costs to be recovered under the sourcing agreement. Within 15 days after the Capital Development Board has submitted its range and the clean coal SNG brownfield facility has submitted its estimate, the Commission shall approve the operations and maintenance costs for the clean coal SNG brownfield facility.
        The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall pay for
    
the independent engineering expert's reasonable fees and such costs shall not be passed through to a utility or its customers. The clean coal SNG brownfield facility shall pay a reasonable fee as required by the Capital Development Board for the Capital Development Board's services under this subsection (h-3) to be deposited into the Capital Development Board Revolving Fund, and such fee shall not be passed through to a utility or its customers.
        (3) Sequestration costs approved by the Commission
    
shall be recoverable by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility. "Sequestration costs" means costs to be incurred by the clean coal SNG brownfield facility in accordance with its Commission-approved carbon capture and sequestration plan to:
            (A) capture carbon dioxide;
            (B) build, operate, and maintain a sequestration
        
site in which carbon dioxide may be injected;
            (C) build, operate, and maintain a carbon dioxide
        
pipeline; and
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