Illinois Opens Notice Of Inquiry Regarding "Energy Affordability"
Formal Disconnection Moratorium Adopted
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The Illinois Commerce Commission has opened a Notice of Inquiry regarding "energy affordability"
A written order opening the NOI was not immediately available
Based on a discussion at the ICC's meeting, the inquiry will include, among other issues, disconnections, credit and collections practices, and other issues related to low-income customers
In other states (such as Connecticut), such broad "energy affordability" investigations have included issues related to the retail energy market, such as purchase of receivables, including POR discount rates and related POR mechanisms and practices, and retail suppliers' service and rates to low-income customers
Separately, the ICC also formally adopted a disconnection of utility services during the public
health emergency declared on March 12, 2020, pursuant to Sections 4 and 7 of
the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act
As previously reported, several Illinois utilities had already voluntarily suspended disconnections