SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) –  As the Illinois Commerce Commission reviews a plan submitted by Ameren that will determine electricity delivery rates over the next decade, consumer advocate groups will be watching.

The way delivery rates are set is changing, and the ICC is in the process of reviewing Ameren’s proposal on the performance-based formula rate-setting method.

The change was part of a package that allows for the construction of a smart grid which, when completed, should improve delivery and electricity conservation.

Jim Chilsen of the Citizens Utility Board says CUB is for a smart grid, but it must be done right.

“Now that the [smart grid legislation] has passed, the big challenge for consumer advocates is to make sure that Ameren builds a smart grid that’s really smart, meaning a smart grid that prevents power outages and a smart grid that helps consumers cut their utility bills,” Chilsen said.

The ICC has 270 days from the date of the filing to review the proposal. Chilsen says that means the new rate setting formula could be in place by October, with new delivery rates based of the formula set every January.

Copyright 2012 Illinois Radio Network/KMOX


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