Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has made a filing with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) that the utility says begins to lay the groundwork and set terms and conditions to enable customers to participate in community solar projects as a result of Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), which passed in December 2016.
Although FEJA was widely dubbed a so-called “nuclear bailout” bill, the compromise legislation also contained myriad provisions aimed at boosting renewable energy, including community solar, in Illinois. ComEd’s new ICC filing requests tariff changes to enable community solar, and if the ICC approves it, the utility says customers will soon be able to subscribe to a Community Supply Project to offset some or all of their energy needs. The owners or operators of the project would produce and provide energy to the grid while subscribers would receive credits based on their share of the energy produced by the Community Supply Project. ComEd says this is good news for all: prospective subscribers, solar developers and communities looking to take advantage of solar energy.
Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd president and CEO, calls the filing “the first step in the journey toward growth of solar and other renewables and all of their consumer and environmental benefits. It is an exciting day for Illinois and Illinois consumers, who will soon begin to reap the benefits of one of the key provisions of the Future Energy Jobs Act.”