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10/18/2011


Williams Disappointed by Passage of ComEd's Automatic Rate Hike Legislation


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FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANN WILLIAMS





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION:

October 27, 2011 State Rep. Ann Williams

(773) 880-9082



Williams disappointed by passage of ComEd’s automatic rate hike legislation

Chicago legislator disappointed in weak consumer protections of legislation



CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois General Assembly voted yesterday to override the Governor’s veto of the ComEd “Smart Grid” bill, despite the opposition of State Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago), the Attorney General, AARP and numerous consumer advocates. Williams is one of 42 legislators who voted to sustain the Governor’s veto of the bill; unfortunately, the required three-fifths of the Illinois House voted to overturn the Governor’s veto and now the bill becomes law.



“This bill allows ComEd to circumvent the regulatory process and raise utility rates year after year – while ensuring profits for the utility,” said Williams. “This legislation guarantees consumers will see a higher electric bill at a time when many families in my district and throughout Illinois can least afford it.”



“While I understand the value of the proposed infrastructure improvements, unfortunately the bill puts the profits of ComEd before the protection of consumers and working families,” she said.



A “trailer bill,” HB 3036, provides some relief for consumers by requiring ComEd to provide utility assistance to seniors and low-income residents, but doesn’t go far enough to mitigate the hit on consumers contained in SB 1652 – the “Smart Grid” proposal.



“While I am disappointed in the legislation that was passed yesterday, I will continue to stand with the Attorney General, CUB, AARP and a coalition of consumer advocates and work to ensure consumers are protected during this time of great economic uncertainty,” Williams said.

For more information, to weigh in on legislation, or for assistance with state programs or services, please call Rep. Williams’ full-time constituent service office at (773) 880-9082.