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Full Text of HB4217  102nd General Assembly

HB4217 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  

 


 
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
HB4217

 

Introduced 1/5/2022, by Rep. William Davis

 

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
 
220 ILCS 5/5-117

    Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that any supplier of energy that generates more than 500 kilowatt hours of electricity annually within the State (rather than any supplier of energy within the State) and all companies that develop, build, install, or maintain a renewable energy project with total annual revenues over $15,000,000 shall submit an annual report on all procurement goals and actual spending for female-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, and small business enterprises in the previous calendar year. Deletes language that exempts specified wind energy and solar energy from having to submit an annual report. Provides that each participating company in its annual report shall include an explanation of the plan for the next year to increase participation, including a buying plan for the specific goods and services the company intends to buy in the next 6 to 18 months, including any procurement codes used by the company, to assist entrepreneurs and diverse companies to understand upcoming opportunities to work with the company submitting the buying plan.


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A BILL FOR

 

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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4    Section 5. The Public Utilities Act is amended by changing
5Section 5-117 as follows:
 
6    (220 ILCS 5/5-117)
7    Sec. 5-117. Supplier diversity goals.
8    (a) The public policy of this State is to collaboratively
9work with companies that serve Illinois residents to improve
10their supplier diversity in a non-antagonistic manner.
11    (b) The Commission shall require all gas, electric, and
12water companies with at least 100,000 customers under its
13authority, as well as suppliers of wind energy, solar energy,
14hydroelectricity, nuclear energy, and any other supplier of
15energy that generates more than 500 kilowatt hours of
16electricity annually within this State and all companies that
17develop, build, install, or maintain a renewable energy
18project with total annual revenues over $15,000,000 other than
19wind energy and solar energy required to comply with the
20reporting requirements under Section 1505-215 of the
21Department of Labor Law of the Civil Administrative Code of
22Illinois, to submit an annual report by April 15, 2015 and
23every April 15 thereafter, in a searchable Adobe PDF format,

 

 

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1on all procurement goals and actual spending for female-owned,
2minority-owned, veteran-owned, and small business enterprises
3in the previous calendar year. These goals shall be expressed
4as a percentage of the total work performed by the entity
5submitting the report, and the actual spending for all
6female-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, and small
7business enterprises shall also be expressed as a percentage
8of the total work performed by the entity submitting the
9report.
10    (c) Each participating company in its annual report shall
11include the following information:
12        (1) an explanation of the plan for the next year to
13    increase participation, including a buying plan for the
14    specific goods and services the company intends to buy in
15    the next 6 to 18 months, including any procurement codes
16    used by the company, to assist entrepreneurs and diverse
17    companies to understand upcoming opportunities to work
18    with the company submitting the buying plan;
19        (2) an explanation of the plan to increase the goals;
20        (3) the areas of procurement each company shall be
21    actively seeking more participation in the next year;
22        (4) an outline of the plan to alert and encourage
23    potential vendors in that area to seek business from the
24    company;
25        (5) an explanation of the challenges faced in finding
26    quality vendors and offer any suggestions for what the

 

 

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1    Commission could do to be helpful to identify those
2    vendors;
3        (6) a list of the certifications the company
4    recognizes;
5        (7) the point of contact for any potential vendor who
6    wishes to do business with the company and explain the
7    process for a vendor to enroll with the company as a
8    minority-owned, women-owned, or veteran-owned company; and
9        (8) any particular success stories to encourage other
10    companies to emulate best practices.
11    (d) Each annual report shall include as much
12State-specific data as possible. If the submitting entity does
13not submit State-specific data, then the company shall include
14any national data it does have and explain why it could not
15submit State-specific data and how it intends to do so in
16future reports, if possible.
17    (e) Each annual report shall include the rules,
18regulations, and definitions used for the procurement goals in
19the company's annual report.
20    (f) The Commission and all participating entities shall
21hold an annual workshop open to the public in 2015 and every
22year thereafter on the state of supplier diversity to
23collaboratively seek solutions to structural impediments to
24achieving stated goals, including testimony from each
25participating entity as well as subject matter experts and
26advocates. The Commission shall publish a database on its

 

 

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1website of the point of contact for each participating entity
2for supplier diversity, along with a list of certifications
3each company recognizes from the information submitted in each
4annual report. The Commission shall publish each annual report
5on its website and shall maintain each annual report for at
6least 5 years.
7(Source: P.A. 102-558, eff. 8-20-21; 102-662, eff. 9-15-21.)