(65 ILCS 5/11-117-1.1)
Service area agreement with electric cooperative.
(a) The General Assembly declares it to be in the public interest that a
municipality and an electric cooperative (as defined in the Electric Supplier
Act) may voluntarily enter into an agreement defining the geographic areas in
which each party shall provide retail electric service, and, if agreed, such
service may be exclusive. This authority is in the public interest for the
(1) To avoid duplication of facilities for the
production, transmission, sale, delivery, or furnishing of electricity.
(2) To minimize disputes between (i) municipalities
that own and operate a municipal utility for the purpose of providing retail electric service and (ii) electric cooperatives concerning the provision of electric service, since these disputes may result in inconvenience and diminished efficiency in providing electric service to the public.
(3) To provide for the orderly and controlled growth
of municipalities and surrounding areas.
(4) To recognize and protect the investment and
commitment of municipalities and electric cooperatives to provide retail electric service within their respective service areas.
(b) An agreement entered into under this Section may cover geographic areas
both within and without the corporate limits of a municipality.
(c) An agreement entered into under this Section shall be subject to the
approval of the Illinois Commerce Commission. An approved agreement may
be enforced only by a party to the agreement by the filing of a complaint for
interpretation with the Illinois Commerce Commission. The jurisdiction and
authority of the Illinois Commerce Commission over any municipality which owns
and operates a municipal utility for the purpose of providing retail electric
service shall be strictly limited to the approval of the agreement and the
interpretation of the agreement's terms. The Commission shall have no other
jurisdiction over or authority to review or approve the construction of any
project or operations of any municipality which is or may be a party to an
agreement under this Section or joint action agency to which the municipality
may be a member except to the extent now required in connection with the
initiation of proceedings in eminent domain. In a proceeding to approve an
agreement or interpret the terms of an agreement, the agreement shall be
construed consistently with the public policy of this State as set forth in
(d) The provisions of this Section are severable under Section 1.31 of the
Statute on Statutes.
(Source: P.A. 88-335.)