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Illinois Hydropower Transmission & Interconnection(8-IL)

In Illinois, a hydropower developer should consult local zoning regulations during the transmission siting process. A developer may need Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Illinois Commerce Commission for certain interconnection and transmission projects.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Certificate of Public Good/Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate): A developer must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity “…prior to any [public] utility construction…” from the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”). Illinois Public Utilities Act (220 I.L.C.S §§ 5 et seq.).
Certificate Regulatory Agency: Illinois Commerce Commission
Certificate Threshold: A public utility (developer) constructing any new plant, equipment, property, or facility. 220 I.L.C.S § 5/8-406.
Regulated Entity Definition: A “public utility” is defined to include “…every corporation, limited liability company, association, … partnership, or individual…that owns, controls, operates or manages, within in the State, directly or indirectly, for public use, any plant, equipment or property used or to be used for or in connection with, or owns or controls…the production, storage, transmission, sale, delivery or furnishing of heat, cold, power, electricity, water, or light…” 220 I.L.C.S § 5/3-105(a)-(a)(1).
Transmission Interconnection Request Process (Interconnection Request): Illinois does not currently have a state specific interconnection request process.

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