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Peoples Gas

For Release: 05/29/2013

Peoples Gas Thanks Illinois Lawmakers and Urges Governor Quinn to Sign Natural Gas Safety and Reliability Act (SB2266)

Chicago - This week, the Illinois General Assembly approved legislation that will support Peoples Gas’ $2.5 billion accelerated plan to modernize Chicago’s natural gas infrastructure. Over 1000 jobs created by the accelerated plan are protected under the legislation, which now moves to Governor Quinn’s desk for final approval. Under the 10-year plan, Peoples Gas will remove over 1000 miles of higher risk, cast and ductile iron pipe and replace it with polyethylene, which will improve the safety and reliability of Chicago’s natural gas delivery system, while reducing the long-term costs of operating and maintaining the system and lowering harmful methane emissions by the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) of taking 19,000 cars off the road.

"I'd like to thank Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan for their strong advocacy in improving the safety and reliability of Illinois’ natural gas infrastructure and leaders Tom Cross and Christine Radogno for their support. I'm pleased the Illinois General Assembly also acknowledged the importance of this legislation by such a large majority and I appreciate the overwhelming endorsement from legislators who voted for the bill. I am grateful for the tireless leadership and support provided by State Representative Brandon Phelps and State Senator David Koehler as sponsors. The efforts of our local union, Gas Workers 18007, and the Illinois AFL-CIO and its affiliates have been vital in protecting the over 1000 jobs and billions of dollars of investment this legislation brings to Illinois. We are hopeful that Governor Quinn will view the approach taken by the General Assembly to ensure the continued safety and reliability of our natural gas infrastructure as a good one that provides significant consumer and environmental benefits, and sign this measure into law," said Will Evans, president, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.

The Natural Gas Consumer, Safety & Reliability Act (SB 2266) provides funding for Illinois gas infrastructure upgrades through a small adjustment on customer bills, approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission. The legislation contains strong consumer protections, increases transparency and accountability and caps customer impact due to main replacement costs at an annual average of 4% of delivery service rates. Critically, the ICC maintains its oversight function. Annual reviews and reporting requirements are built into the legislation. Only costs related to the infrastructure improvements will be granted. The program will also reduce costs through lower future operational expenses, and lower long term costs for debt, reducing interest expenses for customers.

The legislation brings Illinois in alignment with 28 other states that have already recognized the need for a timely cost recovery mechanism as a way to support and encourage large capital investment in aging natural gas infrastructure. Organizations supporting SB 2266 include: Illinois AFL-CIO, Chicago Federation of Labor, CISCO (Construction Industry Service Corporation), Construction & Laborers' District Council of Chicago and Vicinity, Gas Workers Union Local 18007, IBEW Local 51, IBEW Local 309, IBEW Local 649, IBEW Local 702, IBEW Local 1455, Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Midwest Region, LIUNA Local 100, LIUNA Local 459, LIUNA Twelve Counties Southwestern Illinois District Council, Operating Engineers Local 150, Pipefitters Local 597, Plumbers & Fitters Local 101, Plumbers & Fitters Local 360, Teamsters Local 786, Utility Workers Union of America, West Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council, Arcadis US, EN Engineering, First Choice Landscaping, Guardian Security Services, HBK Engineering, LLC, Henkels & McCoy, Inc., Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Business Roundtable, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Energy Association, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, InfraSource Services, LLC., INTREN, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group, J.F. Electric, Inc., KS Energy Services, LLC, Meade/Contracting & Material Co., NPL, Palatine Oil Company, Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Quanta Services, Inc., Rabine Paving, and The Pacific Company.

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG ), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 829,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago. For more information about Peoples Gas, visit the company's website: www.peoplesgasdelivery.com

For More Information, Contact:

  • Jennifer Block
    Director, Media Relations
    Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
    (312) 465-0911