Energy Standards Hearing

Naperville held its first of two hearings to decide whether City Council should approve federal energy standards.

The Public Utility Policies Act or PURPA is a federal law passed in 1978 that promotes energy conservation.

PURPA includes nine standards including time based rate schedules and smart grid technology.

Naperville Smart Meter Awareness filed a motion to intervene in the hearings claiming they should have been held three years ago and are at odds with the law.

“I’m just shocked that council members are not here,” said NMSA attorney Doug Ibendahl. “Who is going to rule on this case?”

The City of Naperville filed a motion to deny the group’s request because the group is not a utility customer, which the law requires for intervention.

“The federal PURPA standards specifically sets forth only three types of parties can be interested parties, and NSMA does not constitute any of those parties,” said City attorney Kristen Foley.

City attorney Jill Wilger acted as hearing officer for the proceedings and Ibendahl said that was inappropriate.

The motion for intervention was denied, but individuals are still allowed to make public comment in person or in writing.

The next hearing is March 19th.


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