Significant Progress Achieved Toward Comprehensive Energy Legislation With Redesigned Future Energy Jobs Bill

Exelon Generation and ComEd today announced significant progress toward achieving a streamlined version of the Future Energy Jobs Bill that will reduce costs and address feedback gathered from a broad cross-section of stakeholders since the bill was introduced and conditionally passed by a 9 to 1 vote at last week's Illinois House Energy Committee hearing.

The proposed changes maintain important provisions to boost the state's economy, support low-income programs, preserve 4,200 jobs at Exelon's Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants and create thousands of new clean energy jobs by advancing renewable energy development and expanding energy efficiency programs. They also reflect feedback received from the governor's office, legislative staff and through continuing discussions and collaboration among environmental groups, renewable energy developers, faith organizations, consumer advocates, business groups, utilities, community leaders, policymakers and legislative staff, among others.

Though the legislation continues to be refined, proposed changes include:
  • Eliminating the demand based rates provision
  • Eliminating the Fixed Resource Adequacy Plan, or FRAP, but reserving for discussion a proposal to achieve a solution sometime in the near future
  • Ensuring that the Zero Emissions Standard proposal will preserve Exelon's Illinois nuclear plants for at least 10 years and include even stronger consumer protections
  • Reducing the number of proposed microgrids from five to three
  • Expanding rebates for community solar, and commercial and industrial solar installations

ComEd and Exelon continue to address in earnest an open item of concern among some business community members about the impacts this legislation will have on competitive rates in Illinois.

"We have said from the beginning that we wanted the Future Energy Jobs Bill to bring diverse ideas and constituents together to arrive at a comprehensive plan to address the state's complex energy and economic challenges," said Joe Dominguez, Exelon's executive vice president, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy. "In the past week, we have heard from groups and individuals representing a broad cross-section of interests. We have listened to what they had to say and have made changes to the bill based on their input. The proposals emerging today will strengthen Illinois' commitment to clean energy, deliver billions of dollars in savings from energy efficiency, provide needed support for low-income residents, retain $1.2 billion in economic activity associated with the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear plants and create thousands of jobs to support our economy."

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