As CEJA implementation continues, I wanted to give our neighbors an update on ways our state is already at work to protect people over profits.
On April 27th, ComEd filed new rates with the Illinois Commerce Commission that will lower bills for customers by about $18 per month starting in June through next May. ComEd customers will see refunds totaling $1Billion over the next year as a direct result of provisions in the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) – people-powered legislation that was signed into law last fall. Throughout the legislative process, advocates and legislators worked tirelessly to ensure the bill had strong financial mitigations for people – not more breaks for major utility companies.
“We designed the bill to protect against energy price spikes while ensuring a smooth transition as we ramp up the development of renewable energy sources.”
Thank you to Governor JB Pritzker, The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, and all the advocates who worked to ensure that we protect our communities and climate. The $1B in payments to ComEd customers is only the beginning of the direct impact that CEJA is providing for communities across Illinois.
As Chair of the House Energy & Environment committee, securing our clean energy future is a top priority for my office, and I will continue to update our neighbors on CEJA implementation.
Click here to read a Chicago Tribune article on the ComEd carbon credit refund: https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-comed-carbon-credit-nuclear-plant-bailout-20220428-n6mbuxyt4nh4nnu2pkjd4ocw6e-story.html
Click here to read the official press statement from the Clean Jobs Coalition: https://ilcleanjobs.org/2022/04/27/icjc-praises-governor-pritzker-for-engineering-unprecedented-1-billion-refund-to-ratepayers-from-nuclear-plants/?fbclid=IwAR0tENoZaGiZpE0BNQbaRBSTTMUlpmBYmyRWksuI-TlLNXFQHTqZgLMHvpw