Judge recommends rate hike for ComEd

April 13, 2011 7:07:52 PM PDT
An administrative law judge for the Illinois Commerce Commission is recommending a 3 percent rate increase for ComEd. That's about half of Com Ed's request but substantially above the increase recommended by the ICC staff.

The judge also said the utility should not be allowed to have a surcharge to pay for low income customer assistance.

ComEd and downstate electric utility Ameren are lobbying state lawmakers to pass a bill that would enable them to increase their rates each year under a formula and give the ICC an after-the-fact review.

Right now increasing rates involves an 11-month process after the utility makes a request.