2018 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 220 - UTILITIES
220 ILCS 35/ - Small Business Utility Deposit Relief Act.

(220 ILCS 35/1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1001)
Sec. 1. Title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Small Business Utility Deposit Relief Act".
(Source: P.A. 83-1343.)


(220 ILCS 35/2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1002)
Sec. 2. Definitions. For the purposes of this Act:
(a) "Commission" means the Illinois Commerce Commission.
(b) "Small business" or "applicant" means any Illinois based business which has 50 or less full-time employees in the State.
(c) "Customer" means a small business, as herein defined, which has agreed with a utility to pay for gas, electric, water or sanitary sewer utility service.
(d) "User" means a small business, as herein defined, which receives gas, electric, water or sanitary sewer utility service.
(e) "Residential service" means gas, electric, water or sanitary sewer utility service for household purposes furnished to a dwelling of two units or less which is billed under a residential rate; or gas, electric, water or sanitary sewer utility service for household purposes furnished to a dwelling unit or units which is billed under a residential rate and which is registered by a separate meter for each dwelling unit.
(f) "Non-residential service" means gas, electric, water or sanitary sewer utility service rendered to a non-residential, small business as herein defined.
(g) "Utility service" means gas, electric, water or sanitary sewer utility service provided to a small business, as herein defined, at a specified, metered for service, location.
(h) "Utility supplier" or "utility" means a public utility as now or hereafter defined in Section 3-105 of The Public Utilities Act.
(i) "Utility deposit" or "deposit" means an amount of money or credit which may be required by any utility prior to the installation, connection, re-connection, or maintenance of any utility service supplied to a small business.
(Source: P.A. 85-1209.)


(220 ILCS 35/3) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1003)
Sec. 3. Utility Deposits required of Small Businesses. No utility supplier which provides utility service shall request a deposit from any small business, for any reason, in excess of 1/6 of the estimated annual charges for service for that small business computed at the net rate for that class of service.
A utility may request a minimum amount equal to 1/3 of a requested deposit to be paid within 12 days after the issue date of a notice requesting such deposit. A utility may require the full payment of the remaining balance of the deposit be paid by the applicant no sooner than 2 billing periods typically or routinely used by the utility.
The date by which the entire deposit must be paid shall be plainly indicated on the notice of deposit request. The amount of the deposit may be adjusted at the request of the applicant or utility at any time when the character or degree of use of the utility service materially changes or when it is clearly established that the character or degree of use of the service will materially change in the immediate future.
(Source: P.A. 83-1343.)


(220 ILCS 35/4) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1004)
Sec. 4. Refunds of Small Business Utility Deposits. Deposits plus interest shall be automatically refunded to the payor after being held for 12 months according to the following:
(a) if the 12 months during which the deposit was held are within the first 24 months that a small business has received utility service, the deposit plus interest shall be refunded only so long as the service has not been interrupted for nonpayment or so long as the small business has not paid late 4 times, or 3 times if billed bi-monthly, or 2 times if billed quarterly or semi-annually or so long as after it has been found that the small business' wires, pipes, meters or other service equipment have not been tampered with during the time the deposit was held and which resulted in the small business enjoying the benefit of the tampering;
(b) if the 12 months during which the deposit was held was subsequent to the first 24 months that a small business has received utility service, the deposit plus interest shall be refunded only so long as the service has not been interrupted for nonpayment or so long as the customer has not paid late 6 times during the past 12 months if billed monthly, or 3 times if billed bi-monthly, or 2 times if billed quarterly or semi-annually or so long as after it has been found that the small business' wires, pipes, meters or other service equipment have not been tampered with during the time the deposit was held and which resulted in the small business enjoying the benefit of the tampering;
(c) deposits plus interest need not be refunded until the customer pays any past due bills for utility service.
Deposits plus interest less the amount of unpaid bills, if any, for actual utility service shall be refunded upon the discontinuance of service for more than 30 days. A transfer of service from one premise to another within the area served by the utility need not be deemed a discontinuance of service by the utility if the character of service remains the same. When a deposit plus interest is applied to the liquidation of unpaid bills, the utility shall provide the small business with a statement or notice commonly known as a "Cancellation Notice" showing the amount of the deposit, the amount of any accrued interest, the amount of the unpaid bill or bills liquidated by the deposit plus interest and the balance remaining due either to the small business or to the utility.
All deposit refunds shall be paid by separate check and not by credit to the small business' account except where discontinuance of service is affected. At the option of the utility, a deposit plus interest may be refunded, in whole or in part, at any time earlier than the times herein prescribed, provided that the utility gives adequate notice to a small business that its utility deposit is being refunded early.
(Source: P.A. 83-1343.)


(220 ILCS 35/5) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1005)
Sec. 5. Interest Paid on Small Business Utility Deposits. All utilities shall pay interest on any and all deposits held by the utility on behalf of a small business. The rate of interest to be paid on such deposits will be determined by the Commission.
At the end of every year of service, if the deposit plus interest is not refunded to the small business the utility shall automatically refund the accrued interest on the deposit to the customer by crediting the small business' account and so stating this credit clearly on the small business' next regular bill.
(Source: P.A. 83-1343.)


(220 ILCS 35/6) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1006)
Sec. 6. Record of Utility Deposit. A utility shall maintain records of deposits together with interest, which collectively will show all transactions pertaining to each deposit. A utility shall provide the applicant with a Certificate of Deposit for any deposit received. The Certificate shall show the applicant's name, service address, serial number, type of service, amount of deposit, rate of interest on deposit, date received, utility's name and a statement of the conditions under which the deposit will be refunded to the applicant. Nothing in this Act shall require a utility to accept deposits from third parties on behalf of an applicant.
In instances where a deposit is refunded a utility shall issue a Cancellation Notice carrying the same serial number as the Certificate of Deposit. When refunds are not deliverable, records shall be maintained to show a utility's efforts toward locating the applicant and delivering such deposit.
(Source: P.A. 83-1343.)


(220 ILCS 35/7) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1007)
Sec. 7. Nothing in this Act shall affect in any way the current or future Commission policy, rule, or order governing deposits collected from residential utility users by a utility.
(Source: P.A. 83-1343.)


(220 ILCS 35/8) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1008)
Sec. 8. The Commission shall administer this Act and is authorized to promulgate rules or issue orders it deems necessary for the administration of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-1343.)


(220 ILCS 35/9) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1009)
Sec. 9. Effective date. This Act shall take effect upon its becoming law and shall apply to all utility deposits collected from small businesses after the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-1343.)


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