Additional protections to consumers for Smart Grid Passes Senate
Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline), who co-sponsored House
Bill 3036, voted today to pass additional improvements to the Smart Grid
legislation originally passed in May. This legislation, in conjunction
with the original bill, will provide for an enhanced infrastructure to
Illinois' power grid. In addition, this trailer bill puts more
stringent regulations in place to ensure there are enhanced penalties to
Illinois' utility companies if certain goals are not met.
"The Smart Grid is necessary to update Illinois' aging power
infrastructure," stated Senator Jacobs. "This legislation will ensure
there is reliable, accessible power available to everyone. In addition,
this legislation provides for the creation of jobs throughout the State.
In addition, this will allow for everyone to be more energy efficient by
being able to view our usage and determine how we personally can
conserve energy and save money."
In addition to the changes mentioned above, House Bill 3036 will also
create an Energy Low Income and Safety Program which will provide nearly
$60 million to help fund low income and safety program. These programs
will include residential hardship programs, non-profit hardship
programs, disabled veteran assistance programs, as well as educational
assistance programs for low-income senior citizens.
"This legislation took months of negotiations, in which the end product
was a compromise between the people of Illinois and Illinois utility
companies. It has always been my goal to ensure the interests of
consumers is the top priority," stated Senator Jacobs.
The Smart Grid program passed by the Senate today aims to address
consumer concerns. This bill is a compromise that will ensure job
creation, consumer protections and an updated electrical grid that is
necessary for Illinois.
"We have worked over the past five months to ensure that Illinois' power
grid does not become obsolete," stated Senator Jacobs. "The Smart Grid
is a necessary component that will generate economic development and
drive businesses to our state."