Congressman Randy Hultgren did not send out a press release on his signing a letter that will help Com Ed get permission to raise electric rates.
I had to find this on Crain’s Chicago Business.
Reporter Greg Hinz characterizes the letter, signed by thirteen of eighteen Illinois Members of Congress as “a most unusual letter.”
It lends support to a bill to give Commonwealth Edison more revenue for operating its nuclear power plants, supposedly because they produce clean energy.
The bill is House Bill 3293.
By providing subsidies to “clean energy” sources, Com Ed has corralled those supporting wind and solar energy as supporters, but the bulk of the $300 million would go to electric company.
It is also being sold as a “jobs” bill and a way to assure that enough energy will be available in the Midwest.
Com Ed is arguing that it can’t afford to keep the plants open without the extra money.
The second sponsor on the bill is State Rep. Mike Tryon.
The letter signed by local Congressman Hultgren, but not by the other local Congressman Peter Roskam is below:
That electric rate hike wasn’t enough.
Now Com Ed and its supporters want us to pay more.
Here are Smart Grid supporters contributions to Illinois legislators.
The Smart Grid’s rate hike was estimated to cost $36 more per year. This new will will “only”cost another $24 a year.
Here’s who voted for the Smart Grid Com Ed rate hike bill.
Here’s why Samuel Insall created the Illinois Commerce Commission, which the Smart Grid rate hike bill now handcuffs.