Gas and electric utilities enter into franchise agreements with municipalities that allow use of public space for utility infrastructure. In Illinois, these franchise agreements often include provision of unbilled gas or electric service to certain municipal government buildings.
This 2011 report discusses the impact of these franchise agreements on the ability of Illinois municipalities to invest in Clean Energy.
The 2011 report builds on a 2009 overview that found that providing unbilled energy service to municipal government buildings is an approach unique to Illinois franchise agreements.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
Illinois Utility Franchise Agreements Report - January 2011 (PDF)(61 pp, 1 MB,
January 14, 2011)
Final Report: The Impact of Unbilled Energy in Utility Franchise Agreements on Energy Efficiency Investment by Illinois Municipalties
Illinois Utility Franchise Agreements Overview - December 2009 (PDF)(48 pp, 645 K,
December 21, 2009)
Utility Franchise Agreements Summary Report: Research On Municipal Franchise Agreements Gas and Electric Utilities