Environmental groups are criticizing state regulators for a decision involving Ameren Illinois. The state Commerce Commission is letting the power company reduce its goals for energy efficiency.
The efficiency targets were part of a big state energy law passed last year. Its main purpose was to keep two of Illinois' nuclear power plants open. The investment in “clean energy” was part of the deal.
But Ameren says it cannot meet its efficiency goals, at least not cost effectively. And now the Illinois Commerce Commission is basically saying: OK.
Christie Hicks is with the Environmental Defense Fund. She says Ameren has “abandoned commitments…and they’re denying their customers important energy savings, economic savings, environmental benefits. It’s very disappointing.”
She says by contrast, Chicago-based utility ComEd is meeting even tougher targets.
In a statement, Ameren says its plan "will result in customer cost decreases.”