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Record #: Or2019-272   
Type: Order Status: Introduced
Intro date: 7/24/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Environmental Protection and Energy
Final action:
Title: Call for feasibilty study to explore alternative options to exisiting franchise agreement with Commonwealth Edison Company
Sponsors: La Spata, Daniel , Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Martin, Matthew J. , Waguespack, Scott, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Reboyras, Ariel, Hopkins, Brian , Smith, Michele, Lopez, Raymond A., Cappleman, James, King, Sophia D., Dowell, Pat, Maldonado, Roberto, Cardona, Jr., Felix , Rodriguez, Michael D., Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Hadden, Maria E. , Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Hairston, Leslie A., Taylor, Jeanette B.
Attachments: 1. Or2019-272.pdf
Committee on Environmental Protection and Energy
July 24, 2019 City Council Meeting

WHEREAS, Ordinance and Agreement Between the City of Chicago and Commonwealth Edison Company ("ComEd") effective January 1,1992 ("the Franchise Agreement") formally expires on December 31, 2020 thus requiring its extension or renegotiation of the franchise; and,
WHEREAS, the looming expiration of the Franchise Agreement is the first opportunity in 30 years for the City to fundamentally renegotiate the future of its utility services and energy policy; and,
WHEREAS, Section 5 of the Franchise Agreement, and the Illinois Municipal Code (65 111. Comp. Stat. 5/11-117-1), permits municipal acquisition of the utility facilities of ComEd at any time during the term of agreement, upon one year's written demand by the City; and,
WHEREAS, the Franchise Agreement stipulates that a municipal acquisition of the utility is subject to a maximum consideration equal to ComEd's investment in Utility Facilities, and a minimum consideration equal to the difference between ComEd's investment in Utility Facilities and depreciation reserve; and,
WHEREAS, the Franchise Agreement provides for right of access to ComEd's books of account, where ComEd shall permit the City to inspect or review its books, accounts, correspondence, documents and data for any proper purpose; and,
WHEREAS, ComEd is the designated utility licensee that operates at the behest and the pleasure of the City of Chicago and its continued franchise is contingent on the approval of this body; and,
WHEREAS, ComEd has not shown a universal commitment to cooperative partnership with the City of Chicago nor taken sufficient action to address environmental, efficiency, and equity concerns; and,
WHEREAS, municipal utilities are a common and successful form of electric power provision across the nation, such as in cities like Austin, TX, Chattanooga, TN, and Omaha, NE, along with numerous communities within the State of Illinois; and,

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