Governor encourages participation
in public comment period regarding electric resource adequacy
Rauner Administration and Illinois
Commerce Commission collaborate
to address concerns about Ameren regionís retiring energy plants
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[November 17, 2017]
Gov. Bruce Rauner encourages stakeholders and
interested consumers to participate in the Illinois Commerce
Commissionís announced comment period for energy resource adequacy
in Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Zone 4.
The governorís office collaborated with the ICC to establish a
public-engagement process in response to concerns raised in a May 1
MISO letter. The intent is to gather legislative and stakeholder
input on appropriate market-based solutions to resource adequacy
concerns surrounding the recent and pending retirement of several
coal-fired electricity plants serving Zone 4.
ďWe believe that the ICC needs to gather stakeholder and legislative
input so there is a robust exchange of ideas on the nature of the
resource needs and how best to address them,Ē Rauner said.
Zone 4, also known as the Ameren Illinois service area, encompasses
much of the state of Illinois, excluding the northern portion.
One third of the Illinois coal-fired plants of a major electricity
producer in that zone likely will be retired soon, and another third
also are under consideration for closing. This follows two plant
closings in 2016 and the closing of a portion of another facility in
2015, according to an ICC white paper.
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The paper, which details the dynamics of the resource concerns
throughout Zone 4, was produced at the request of the governorís
office and is available on the ICCís website
here. Public comment and workshop information also is available
through the link.
Pre-workshop written public comments will be accepted through
Nov. 30 and may be sent to the ICCís director of policy, Torsten Clausen, at
A workshop will take place at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the ICC offices, 527 E. Capitol
Ave., Springfield, and 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, with video connection
between the two locations.
Written post-workshop comments will be accepted through Dec. 21, including any
suggestions for conducting the second workshop, which is scheduled for Jan. 16,
2018, at a location to be determined.
The final written comment deadline will be Jan. 30, 2018. A summary report will
be provided to Gov. Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly, as well as posted
on the ICC website, by Feb. 26, 2018.
Zone 4 Workshops
ICC MISO Zone 4 White Paper
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]