May 5: Act now to fight higher electric bills

 

Background: 

  • Last December, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted 2-1 to revamp a key electricity market in a way that funnels more money to dirty power plants. (The change is called the Minimum Offer Pricing Rule, or MOPR.) This dirty energy bailout threatens to increase electric bills for most Illinois consumers by up to $864 million a year—and it would hinder the development of renewable energy across Illinois.   
  • The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), legislation proposed in Springfield, would protect Illinoisans from the higher bills—by allowing the state to manage a key electricity market (called the “capacity market”) on its own. CUB pushed for passage of the act by June 1, which was a deadline FERC set for states to enact legislation to opt out of this dirty energy bailout. But now CEJA’s progress has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We need more time!

Please, petition the Illinois Commerce Commission and the PJM regional power grid operator to urge FERC to extend the deadline and allow Illinois more time to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act.   


Dear Officials at the ICC and the PJM power grid operator:  

As an Illinois consumer who cares about my power bills, I urge you to petition the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the June 1 deadline for enacting legislation to counter the Minimum Offer Pricing Rule (MOPR). 

Given the pandemic, it’s only fair that states like Illinois be given more time to develop and pass their own clean energy legislation to counter the negative impacts of the MOPR. The FERC-ordered changes to the electricity market will lead to higher bills for most Illinois electric customers and it will also slow the progress of renewable energy across Illinois. 

Please stand up for Illinois consumers and urge FERC to extend the June 1 deadline. Thank you for your time. 

Sincerely,

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