(220 ILCS 5/8-301)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 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.)