Illinois Commission Approves Long-Term Renewable Power Contracts for Utilities

December 15, 2010

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) gave permission on December 15 for the state's two utilities, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) and Ameren Illinois Utilities, to sign long-term contracts involving 37,234,500 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy over 20 years. ComEd will purchase 1,261,725 MWh per year, while Ameren will buy 600,000 MWH annually. The electricity generated by wind and photovoltaic systems will come from established and new facilities.

For example, as a result of this approval, one of the winning bidders—Chicago-based Invenergy—announced that it will construct a wind farm in McHenry County as well as a new photovoltaic project within the state to supply the utilities. The company noted that this purchase would further the state's plan for clean energy. The Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard, signed into law in 2007, mandates that 25% of the state's energy much come from renewable sources by 2025. See the ICC press release and the See the Invenergy press releasePDF.