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Smart Grid veto overridden by Illinois General Assembly

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The Illinois Senate overrode Governor Pat Quinn's veto of the "Smart Grid" bill on Tuesday, and the House followed suit Wednesday, approving the measure 71 to 41.

The bill was vetoed by Governor Quinn on May 6 because he said it weakened oversight and required automatic rate increases. However, the Senate approved the bill for a second time this week, and with the House's agreement, the measure becomes law immediately.

The bill was supported by ComEd to clear up 2011 legislation that allows utilities to increase rates to pay for a high-tech system, but the company and the Illinois Commerce Commission came to a disagreement over how to implement it.

An appeal was filed by ComEd over technical matters and the company is facing a lawsuit on installation delays.

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