State to Convene Public Utility Hearing Tuesday
Karen May, Daniel Biss and others to question ComEd, Illinois Commerce Commission.
Are you one of the more than 1 million people of Chicagoland who have lost power due to summer storms?
Do you want to let your representatives in Springfield know your story?
Do you want to hear what ComEd and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) — the agency that regulates ComEd — have to say?
All of those things and more are possible at a meeting of the Illinois House of Representatives Public Utilities Committee meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 16) at the Highland Park Country Club.
The meeting was organized by state Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) after thunderstorms and high winds knocked out power to more than 1 million ComEd customers. Many were without electricity for days.
In Winnetka, which provides its own electric power for residents, no one was out of power for more than 12 hours during any of the storms.
May is a committee member. State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) will be a substitute member of the committee that day. Both May and Biss have been making an effort to help storm victims.
May believes the presence of the ICC members will create a more in depth understanding for legislators and citizens alike than previous meetings she, Biss and a number of municipalities have held with ComEd officials.
“We’re looking forward to hearing from members of the ICC to better understand all the ramifications of the public policy and reliability,” May said. “It’s a little more in depth. I’m looking forward to the opportunity for the legislators to talk to the ICC.”