Governing Law and Regulations
Renewable energy portfolio standard: Public Act 095-0481
The Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act: 30 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 105/5.826
Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Illinois state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," is regulated under the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, which prohibits unpermitted high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing operations in the state and imposes chemical disclosure, public participation, closure, monitoring, and other operational requirements on hydraulic fracturing operators. For more information on the fracking process and federal regulation, see the national section ENERGY.
• Administration and enforcement. The Illinois Commerce Commission assists with the development and implementation of the renewable energy portfolio standard. The DNR and the IEPA work together to enforce the state regulations for hydraulic fracturing.
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
Public Act 095-0481
Each utility must utilize renewable energy resources to make up at least the following percentages of its total electric sales:
- By June 1, 2008: 2 percent
- By June 1, 2009: 4 ...