The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) went into effect as Illinois law on June 1st. This is a prominsing sign that the federal government of the U.S. pulling the country out of the Paris Climate Accord will not stop the growth of renewable energy in the country.
The Future Energy Jobs Act, energy legislation that passed the Illinois General Assembly with broad bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Rauner last year, helps to pivot Illinois to the new clean economy by growing renewable energy resources and significantly expanding energy efficiency programs that help customers save energy and money.
The immediate savings on customers billing statements are a result of the temporary removal of the energy efficiency charge of about $2 per month and will help offset a new $1 charge that begins in June to support zero-carbon energy supplied to Illinois.
Beginning in June the following FEJA-related line item changes will appear on ComEd residential customer monthly statements:
- Renewable Portfolio Standard
An existing charge – which has been embedded in the supply charge is now a separate line item – that helps support the development of residential and commercial renewable energy from wind and solar in Illinois.
- Zero Emission Standard
This new line item supports zero-carbon energy supplied to Illinois.
- Energy Efficiency Programs
Beginning in May an existing line item with a $2 charge has been set to $0 and temporarily removed from bills.
To inform customers and help them understand the changes to their bill, ComEd is including a fact sheet within customer bills to be mailed out throughout the month of June.
FEJA’s benefits will ramp up over the next several years, for more information about the components and benefits of FEJA, please visit www.futureenergyjobsact.com.
Image credit: By Allen McGregor [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.