U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Water Power Program
Illinois Adopts Requirements for Efficiency, Renewable Energy
July 27, 2005
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) announced on July 20th that it has
adopted new standards for the use of renewable energy and energy
efficiency by the state's electric utilities. Under the new Renewable
Portfolio Standard, or RPS, the state's electric utilities will draw
on renewable energy sources for 2 percent of their electricity needs
by the end of 2006. After that, the requirement will increase by
1 percent per year until 2012, when it tops out at 8 percent.
Under the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, utility companies will
create new programs to help their customers invest in energy saving
equipment and technologies, causing a 10 percent decrease in the
growth in electricity demand by 2007 and a 25 percent lower growth in
demand by 2015. The ICC expects the state's electric utilities to file
plans to implement the new portfolio standards within 30 days. See the
ICC press release (PDF 15 KB). Download Adobe Reader.
With the new renewable requirements in place in Illinois, 19 states
and the District of Columbia have adopted a Renewable Portfolio
Standard. See the ICC's Renewable Portfolio Standard Fact Sheet (PDF 23 KB).