|Order on Electric Consumer Protection Standards|
Following the rejection of the electric consumer protection rulemaking by the state's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, the Commission reissued the proposed rulemaking for comment. It has now issued a "Post Prohibition Order" on the rules, notwithstanding the suggestion by some stakeholders that the rulemaking be withdrawn. "Since the Joint Committee has strong objections to the $50 cap on the early termination fee in Section 412.110 (l), the Commission will remove this language." The Commission removed the proposed hour restrictions on door-to-door solicitations from the rules. The Commission determined to remove the rule provision on the utilities' maintenance of a Do Not Market list citing, "the potential effect the untested “Do Not Market List” provisions may have on the industry and the ambiguity of how the application of this provision will achieve the perceived results." The Commission also decided to eliminate the provision that would have prohibited a supplier from marketing using a similar name or logo to that of an electric utility or natural gas utility in Illinois. The full texts of the Order and Appendix are available on the NEM Website.