BRADLEY-RYAN-MCKEON-OSTERMAN, BURKE, HOWARD AND KENNER.
POWER OUTAGE DAMAGES
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Public Utilities Act with respect to electric
utilities serving 1,000,000 or more customers. Abolishes the
requirement that 30,000 customers be affected before a utility is
required to compensate customers for power outages. Provides that if
a power interruption lasts for 24 hours or more, a utility must pay
consequential damages. Effective immediately.
FISCAL NOTE (Illinois Commerce Commission)
With interruptions no longer subject to a damages threshold and
the scope of recovery expanded, the Commission should expect
significant increases in formal and informal customer and
local-government claim filings. Claim and waiver investigations
and proceedings will certainly consume additional Commission
time, staff, and financial resources, although it is difficult
to provide a estimate fiscal impact at this time.
STATE MANDATES NOTE (Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs)
In the opinion of DCCA, HB 919 does not create a State mandate
under the State Mandates Act.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: JAN-07-2003
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 0
END OF INQUIRY
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