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Illinois Renewable Energy Policy

The Illinois Solar Energy Association advocates for the protection and expansion of solar and other renewable energy in Illinois.  ISEA educates and mobilizes our members and the general public on renewable energy policies that affect clean energy development in the State.

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Downloadable 2019 Bill Fact Sheets

The Path to 100 Act (SB 1781, HB 2966) will ensure a continued stable renewable energy market in Illinois


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Bills
2019, 101st Legislative Session

Legislation

Outcome

 Chief Sponsor  Title/Description
SB1781/HB2966
Sen. Bill Cunningham, Rep. Will Davis

Amends the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act. Provides that a business that intends to establish a new utility-scale solar power facility may apply for a high impact business designation. Amends the Illinois Power Agency Act. Increases the long-term renewable procurement plan goals after the 2025 delivery year. Requires the long-term renewable procurement plan to include the procurement of new renewable energy credits. Provides that the Adjustable Block program shall be designed to be continuously open. Authorizes utilities to recover certain costs related to the Adjustable Block program. Excludes certain costs from a limitation on the costs of the Adjustable Block program. Makes other changes concerning the Adjustable Block program. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to open a proceeding to update the interconnection standards and applicable utility tariffs. Requires the Commission to revise certain standards for interconnection based on specified criteria. Establishes an interconnection working group. Makes changes to provisions concerning net metering and the distributed generation rebate. Requires the Commission, in consultation with the Illinois Power Agency, to study and produce a report analyzing the potential for and barriers to the implementation of energy storage in Illinois. Requires the Agency to include a plan to procure energy from energy storage resources as part of its procurement plan for 2021. Extends a provision concerning a review, reconciliation, and true-up associated with renewable energy resources' collections and costs. Makes other changes. Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act to authorize emergency rulemaking. Effective immediately

Senate 2019 Spring Session Schedule

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Additional Resources

Illinois General Assembly - Read legislation, find bill sponsors and status of bill

Illinois Board of Elections - Learn who your legislators are.

Environmental Law & Policy Center - The Midwest’s  public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization.

The Vote Solar Initiative - Learn about state policies and initiatives, including lobby days.

Illinois Environmental Council - Stay informed on environmental legislation with IEC's bill tracker and
legislative updates.

Sierra Club Illinois - Follow Sierra Clubs environmental legislative goals and activities

Wind on the Wires (FKA Illinois Wind Energy Association) - Dedicated to expanding wind power in Illinois

Illinois Solar Rights Act
Learn some important legislation in this Act from 2011. The Illinois Solar Rights Act is intended "to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by encouraging the development and use of solar energy systems in order to conserve and protect the value of land, buildings, and resources by preventing the adoption of measures which will have the ultimate effect, however unintended, of preventing the use of solar energy systems on any home that is subject to a homeowners' association, common interest community association, or condominium unit owners' association."


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