The state’s two largest utility companies, Ameren and Com Ed, are a step closer to being able to bypass regulators as they raise rates and improve their infrastructure, all part of legislation called Smart Grid. The Illinois House Wednesday afternoon followed the Senate in passing clean-up legislation to an earlier bill, attempting to ease some concerns. Not everyone is convinced.
During a committee hearing earlier Wednesday, ComEd president Anne Pramaggiore said the bill would make the utilities more reliable, but AARP Illinois’ Scott Musser said the utilities should be more reliable anyway. The intent is that the bill would be combined with the override of the veto of the original Smart Grid bill, SB 1562. HB 3036 has passed the House, 91-24.