Exelon Generation, ComEd, Rauner reach accord on Future Energy Jobs Bill
Exelon Generation and ComEd announced they have reached an agreement with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on the Future Energy Jobs Bill, which has been further enhanced with additional customer protections, based on input from Governor Rauner's office. The amendment, filed today, provides for an overall cost cap on all measures within the bill that will limit rate increases to all residential and business customers. The amendment includes protections that limit the impact of the legislation to all business classes at 1.3 percent compared to their 2015 rates and to cap the impact to residential customers at 25 cents per month for the average ComEd residential customer. Ameren business and residential customers received similar protections. The amendment already contained cost caps on key components of the legislation, including energy efficiency, the Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Zero Emission Standard. The Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee held a subject matter hearing on the latest version of the bill earlier today. The Future Energy Jobs Bill that will maintain Illinois' competitive electric rates, preserve and create thousands of jobs and expand clean energy at a cost substantially below 25 cents per month for the average ComEd residential customer. In addition to lowering costs, the legislation will jumpstart renewable energy development, expand aid and job training to low-income residents and support high-paying jobs. The revised proposal retains important provisions to preserve 4,200 jobs at Exelon's Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants, support cleaner air, create thousands of new clean energy jobs by advancing renewable energy development and providing businesses flexible options for capturing savings through expanded energy efficiency initiatives. It also prevents the loss of $1.2B in economic activity generated by the plants and an estimated $10B in increased costs associated with higher carbon emissions that would occur if the plants close. When all of the economic impacts are calculated, benefits of the legislation far outweigh costs.