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ILLINOIS ENERGY FORUM VOLUME 17, ISSUE 4 APRIL, 2010 Tenaska Bills of Interest at Midpoint of Submits Legislative Session Facility Cost AT the procedural midpoint agents, brokers and consultants who market electricity to retail cus- of the Spring Session of the Illinois Report to ICC General Assembly, the following tomers. Passed the House by vote of 109-0. were among bills of interest to the THE Illinois Commerce energy industry that had passed the Senate Bill 2612 (Sen. Pam Althoff, R-Crystal Lake) – would Commission (ICC) has received the chamber of their origin: set out procedures to be used when facility cost report from Tenaska House Bill 4649 (Rep. Dan audits of taxes or fees collected by Taylorville, LLC and is inviting Reitz, D-Steeleville) – would pro- utilities are performed on behalf of anyone interested to submit com- vide an alternative procedure for local governments. Passed the ments on the report. The report can Illinois Commerce Commission Senate by vote of 54-0. be found, and parties may post approval of construction of high- Senate Bill 2812 (Sen. Don comments on the ICC web page, voltage electric transmission lines. Harmon, D-Oak Park) – would http://www.icc.illinois.gov/electrici Passed the House by vote of 108-0. make changes in the process ty/Tenaska.aspx. House Bill 5879 (Rep. Bob whereby clean air permitting deci- Tenaska Taylorville, LLC, as Flider, D-Mt. Zion) – would speci- sions are appealed to the Illinois the managing member of Christian fy the manner of proving identifica- Pollution Control Board. Passed County Generation, LLC, prepared tion utilities must use when estab- the Senate by vote of 53-3. and delivered to the Illinois Com- lishing accounts. Passed the House Senate Bill 3388 (Sen. Mike merce Commission the Taylorville by vote of 103-1. Jacobs, D-East Moline) – would Energy Center (TEC) facility cost House Bill 6202 (Rep. Will remove the existing prohibition on report pursuant to Illinois' Clean Burns, D-Chicago) – as amended, construction of nuclear power Coal Portfolio Standard Law. The would establish a task force to re- plants in Illinois. Passed the Senate law requires the owner of Illinois’ view the state’s existing net meter- by vote of 40-1. initial clean coal facility, to submit ing law and make recommenda- Bills that have passed their to the ICC, the Illinois Power tions to the General Assembly for chamber of origin will now go to Agency (IPA) and the General As- changes in the law, if needed. the opposite body for further ac- sembly a facility cost report, setting Passed the House by vote of 112-2. tion. House Committees will begin out the anticipated project costs, the House Bill 6208 (Rep. Elaine work on Senate Bills and vice versa method of financing, the operating Nekritz, D-Northbrook) – would (See Bills on Page 2) and maintenance costs, an analysis amend the state’s law dealing with of the ability of the facility to de- liver power into the regional trans- mission organization markets and Inside This Issue the facility’s expected capacity 2 From The Staff factor. 2 Commissioner O’Connell-Diaz Appointed to As noted in the overview sec- tion of the facility cost report, the NARUC Board TEC is planned to be a commer- 3 Energy News cial-scale, coal-fueled plant, con- (See Tenaska on Page 2) 4 Energy Association Activities ILLINOIS ENERGY FORUM 2 APRIL, 2010 analysis and report to the General City of Chicago have participated From The Staff Assembly. in since its inception in 2008. The Comments are due on or be- guidelines take the Earth Hour con- WHILE it is the procedural fore April 16. The comments will cept one step further by encourag- midpoint of the spring legislative be considered public, posted to the ing Chicago's buildings to enact session, the calendar shows only a ICC's website and attached to the (See Lighting on Page 3) little over a month left before ICC's report to the General Assem- scheduled adjournment. That bly. means it’s crunch time for the Gen- eral Assembly. Between now and Additional information regard- ing the initial clean coal facility law Commissioner May 7 (unless the adjournment date slips), bills have to make it through can be found in Public Act 95-1027 on the General Assembly's website O’Connell-Diaz the second chamber. If they have been changed, they go back to the www.ilga.gov. I E F Appointed to chamber of origin for re- NARUC Board consideration. It is a difficult pro- BOMA/Chicago, cess and a reason why relatively few of the thousands of bills filed City of Chicago ICC Commissioner Erin O’Connell-Diaz of Illinois has been ever become law. I E F and appointed to the National Associa- tion of Regulatory Utility Commis- (Continued from Page 1)_____________ Commonwealth sioners (NARUC) Board of Direc- tors. The distinguished appoint- Bills Edison Urge ment follows a long history of ser- when the legislature returns to ses- Exterior vice to the national organization and places her in a critical position sion during the week of April 12. The General Assembly is still Decorative to help develop and shape crucial public policy in the realm of utility scheduled to adjourn its Spring Session on May 7. I E F Lighting regulation in the United States and beyond. Guidelines She joins 18 other state public utility commissioners from across (Continued from Page 1)_____________ THE Building Owners and the country on the board. Tenaska Managers Association of Chicago “Commissioner O’Connell- (BOMA/Chicago), the City of Chi- Diaz has shown tremendous leader- verting Illinois coal into pipeline cago and Commonwealth Edison ship in her tenure with NARUC,” quality substitute natural gas Company (ComEd) have united to said ICC Chairman Manuel Flores. (SNG), and then efficiently burning endorse voluntary year-round Exte- “Illinois consumers have been well- the SNG to produce electricity. rior Decorative Lighting Guidelines represented by her commitment to The TEC design is fundamentally for Chicago's buildings. The guide- serving the public interest in this different from existing coal gener- lines provide year-round recom- very important field of utility regu- ating plants and from most other mendations for all non-emergency lation. We are proud of her ac- proposed “clean coal” plants, in exterior lighting, including crown complishment and recognition by that the TEC will burn clean SNG and facade lighting, signage, street- NARUC.” rather than coal, to generate elec- level and tree lighting. When im- Commissioner O’Connell-Diaz tricity. It also will be a net reducer plemented throughout the city, the also is Vice Chair of NARUC’s of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other guidelines will reduce the carbon Committee on Electricity and emissions. footprint of Chicago-area buildings, serves on its Water, Critical Infra- The ICC is required to analyze protect migratory birds and de- structure, and International Rela- the facility cost report and submit a crease light pollution. tions committees. She was the Co- report to the General Assembly The year-round Exterior Deco- Chair of the 2010 Electricity Forum within six months, setting forth the rative Lighting Guidelines were held by NARUC along with the results of its analysis. The ICC formalized following several suc- U.S. Department of Energy. I E F hired Boston Pacific Company and cessful years of collaboration with its subcontractor, MPR Associates, the Earth Hour campaign, which to assist in the preparation of its BOMA/Chicago, ComEd and the APRIL, 2010 3 ILLINOIS ENERGY FORUM The Commission has sched- Ameren Energy Generating Com- ICC to Hear uled a broad range of speakers to pany’s Coffeen Plant in Coffeen, engage in panel discussion of poli- Illinois, joined the utility business Progress on cy issues the ISSGC has discussed more than 25 years ago working for including the technical characteris- Central Illinois Public Service Smart Grid tics and requirements of a smart Company, now part of Ameren grid, consumer issues and a cost- Corporation. Long is now mainte- THE Illinois Commerce benefit analysis. nance supervisor at the plant. Commission will conduct a joint The meeting will include Long, with help from EPRI’s meeting of its Electric Policy and presentations from EnerNex, the Ramsey Chang and Apogee Scien- Telecommunications Policy Com- company hired as the facilitator of tific, created a portable kiln-like mittees on Tuesday, April 6, in the ISSGC; staff of the Illinois device to reduce mercury emissions Chicago at 2 p.m. to review presen- Commerce Commission; Com- at Ameren Energy Generating’s tations from expert stakeholders monwealth Edison; Ameren Illinois Meredosia Plant near Jacksonville, regarding the progress of the Illi- Utilities; Citizens Utility Board Illinois. The kiln burned on-site nois Statewide Smart Grid Collabo- (CUB); City of Chicago; Illinois coal to create an activated carbon, rative (ISSGC). Attorney General; AARP; Illinois which is used to absorb mercury In December of 2008, the ICC Competitive Energy Association; from the flue gas. Long said his ordered the two largest utilities in Illinois Industrial Energy Consum- goal was to make carbon that was Illinois, ComEd and Ameren, to ers; AT&T; and IBEW Local 15 & equivalent in its absorption rate but form a collaborative to investigate System Council U-05. I E F much less expensive than the high- issues surrounding a smart grid. er-priced, commercially available The resulting ISSGC has engaged a carbon. “We did much of this project wide range of stakeholders includ- ing utilities, consumer advocates, Ameren in November, December and Janu- ary—throughout the winter,” Long government officials and other key policy makers to consider smart Energy recalled. “If you can imagine try- grid issues. The group will report its final recommendations to the Generating ing to heat up a kiln when it is zero degrees outside and also trying to ICC this October. Aside from its regulatory function and consumer Employee extract a flue gas sample to do pre- cise mercury analysis when that protection role, the ICC is a guid- ing force in helping to develop pub- Wins EPRI equipment is exposed to the outside elements—it was tough.” lic policy in the areas it oversees. The U.S. Department of Award But toughness paid off. By de- signing and creating the kiln, this Energy (DOE) describes a smart process could save Meredosia Plant grid as an automated, widely THE research institute of the from purchasing nearly $1.5 mil- distributed energy delivery network electric industry—Electric Power lion in commercially available car- that is characterized by a two-way Research Institute (EPRI) — re- bon. I E F flow of electricity and information, cently honored Beardstown, Illi- and enhanced monitoring. nois, resident Steve Long — an (Continued from Page 2)_____________ According to the DOE, Smart Grid employee of St. Louis-based Lighting incorporates the benefits of Ameren Corporation’s merchant advanced communications and generating subsidiary Ameren En- climate change on a daily basis. information technologies to deliver ergy Generating Company. This year, Earth Hour was observed real-time information and enable Steve Long received an EPRI on the evening of March 27, when the near-instantaneous balance of Technology Transfer Award, given businesses and homes throughout supply and demand on the annually to EPRI members who the nation and the world turned off electrical grid. It would also have led technology transfer efforts their lights for one hour. Last year, integrate advanced functions into on behalf of their companies and more than 80 million Americans in the nation's electric grid to enhance the industry at large. The awards 300 cities and nearly 1 billion peo- reliability, efficiency, and security, were presented during meetings of ple around the world participated in and would also contribute to the EPRI’s advisors in Orlando, Flori- Earth Hour. I E F climate change strategic goal of da, during the week of March 8. reducing carbon emissions. Long, a native of Beardstown, Illinois, who works now for ILLINOIS ENERGY FORUM 4 APRIL, 2010 National Town Meeting Hollywood, Florida on Demand Response Hosts EEI Annual and Smart Grid Convention/Expo REGISTRATION is now open for the 2010 “TRANSFORMING Our Energy Future” is National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart the theme for the Annual Convention and Expo held by Grid in Washington, DC, June 23-24, 2010. The the Edison Electric Institute. This year’s convention will Wednesday-Thursday event will be located at the be held at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida, Mayflower Hotel in the heart of downtown Washington, from June 13 to 16. blocks away from the White House. More than 1,200 top decision-makers of domestic As the premier demand response and smart grid event and international firms from the manufacturing, finance, in the US, the National Town Meeting brings together power production and other energy-related fields will be stakeholders from utilities, technology companies, ISOs, on hand in Hollywood to discuss critical industry issues. Congress, federal and state agencies, environmental In addition, attendees will be able to attend the Expo 2010 groups, and research and consulting firms. Exhibit Hall featuring new products and services. Last year, over 400 members of the demand response Convention information is available from EEI at and smart grid community gathered for open roundtable 202-508-5000. I E F discussion on all of the latest business and policy developments and for in-depth presentations on case studies and technology deployments. I E F Illinois Energy Forum is published monthly by the Illinois Energy Association, Springfield, Illinois. For questions or comments, please contact James Monk at 217-523-7348 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For name or e-mail address changes, contact Marsha Neuber at 217-523-7348, fax at 217-523-0643, or e-mail at email@example.com.
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