Quinn to ComEd: Smart Grid Deal Needs Some Work

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn quashed any hope of support that Commonwealth Edison had for its proposal to construct a smart electric grid. According to a Chicago Tribune report, Quinn argues that, in its current form, the deal would allow ComEd and other utilities to hike rates without state approval.

Quinn maintained that he is not opposed to the idea of modernizing the state’s archaic electric infrastructure, but that the legislation being debated in Springfield doesn’t go far enough. “Their bill… is just not acceptable to the people of our state,” Quinn said. The Governor vowed to veto the legislation should it reach his desk in its current form.

More investment in alternative forms of energy such as solar, wind and geothermal are needed, according to Quinn, who suggested that the energy company should pass less of the cost along to consumers. Last October, the Illinois Appellate Court overturned an Illinois Commerce Commission ruling that allowed ComEd to charge its customers for the smart grid pilot program.

There are several legislative proposals that Quinn’s office said could win his support if incorporated into the current proposal. Illinois lawmakers are scheduled to end their session at the end of the month.

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