Please note that each glossary term is followed by the source of the definition.
Act (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
Public Utilities Act or Act means the Illinois Public Utilities Act, 220 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.
Agent, Broker or Consultant (ABC)
An agent is a person or company that the customer has elected to give permission to act on behalf of the Customer for all purposes in arranging and managing services for the Customer. The Agent shall have on behalf of its Principle, the Customer, all rights and obligations, the Customer would have under the Company’s tariffs. The designation of an Agent shall not give the Customer or it Agent any additional rights than the Customer would have under the Company’s tariffs. The designation of an Agent shall not relieve the Customer of any obligation that it has under a tariff, including but not limited to the obligation to pay the Customer’s bill.
Broker is usually associated with natural gas transportation. That part of this program is under development and will be available later this year.
Consultants are generally associated with real time pricing and supply services purchased on an hourly price versus a fixed rate.
Alternative Retail Electric Supplier (Public Utilities Act)
Every person, coop., corp., municipal corp., company, assoc., joint stock company or assoc., firm, partnership, individual, or other entity, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, that offers electric power or energy for sale, lease or in exchange for other value received to one or more retail Customers, and shall include, without limitation, resellers, aggregators and power marketers, but shall not include (i) electric utilities (or any agent of the electric utility to the extent the electric utility provides tariffed services to retail Customers through that agent), (ii) any electric coop. or municipal system as defined in Sec. 17-100 to the extent that the electric coop. or municipal system is serving retail Customers within any area in which it is or would be entitled to provide service under the law in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, (iii) a public utility that is owned and operated by any public institution of higher education of this State, or a public utility that is owned by such public institution of higher education and operated by any of its lessees or operating agents, within any area in which it is or would be entitled to provide service under the law in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, (iv) a retail Customer to the extent that Customer obtains elec. power and energy from that Customer’s own cogeneration or self-generation facilities, (v) an entity that owns, operates, sells, or arranges for the installation of a Customer’s own cogeneration or self-generation facilities, but only to the extent the entity is engaged in owning, selling or arranging for the installation of such facility, or operating the facility on behalf of such Customer, provided however that any such third party owner or operator of a facility built after 01-01-99, complies with the labor provisions of Sec. 16-128(a) as though such third party were an ARES, or (vi) an industrial or manufacturing Customer that owns its own distribution facilities, to the extent that the Customer provides service from that distribution system to a third-party contractor located on the Customer’s premises that is integrally and predominantly engaged in the Customer’s industrial or manufacturing process; provided, that if the industrial or manufacturing Customer has elected delivery services, the Customer shall pay transition charges applicable to the electric power and energy consumed by the third-party contractor unless such charges are otherwise paid by the third party contractor, which shall be calculated based on the usage of, and the base rates or the contract rates applicable to, the third-party contractor in accordance with Sec. 16-102.
Ancillary Services or Ancillary Transmission Services (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
Ancillary Services means the ancillary services provided for in the Transmission Provider’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-approved tariffs related to Transmission Service that the FERC requires either be provided or offered to a Customer taking the delivery component of Transmission Service.
Annual Contract Period (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
The period of time from January 2, 2007, through May 31, 2008, for the retail prices generated by the initial CPA and the period from June 1 through May 31 for each subsequent CPA.
Applicant (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
A Person who applies for Residential or Non-Residential service and/or who requests an Extension.
Auction Commencement Date (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
The date on which bidding begins in the Illinois Auction, as defined in this General Definitions section.
Auction Completion Date (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
The date on which bidding ends in the Illinois Auction.
Auction Manager (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
An independent auction administrator contracted to manage the Illinois Auction.
Auction Product (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
Electric power and energy and financial responsibility for applicable Ancillary Transmission Services for a specified period of time required by an electric utility to serve the electric power and energy requirements of its Retail Customers and procured through a process that employs the Illinois Auction. The Auction Products procured by the Company are for electric power and energy supply requirements.
Backup (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
The kWh generation capability rating for Customers with generation capacity of 5,000 kW or more and such generation is not used for emergency purposes.
Base Rates (Public Utilities Act)
The rates for those tariffed services that the electric utility is required to offer pursuant to subsection (a) of Sec. 16-103 and that were identified in a rate order for collection for the electric utility's base rate revenue requirement, excluding (i) separate automatic rate adjustments then in effect, (ii) special or negotiated contract rates, (iii) delivery services tariffs filed pursuant to Sec. 16-108, (iv) real-time pricing, or (v) tariffs that were in effect prior to October 1, 1996 and that base charges for services on an index or average of other utilities' charges, but including (vi) any subsequent redesign of such rates for tariff services that is authorized by the Commission after notice and hearing.
Basic Generation Service - Large Service Real-Time Pricing Load, or Real Time Pricing – Large (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
Basic Generation Service - Large Service Real-Time Pricing Load (BGS-LRTP) represents the sum of the hourly load, multiplied by a loss expansion factor, of all Customers who are 1000 kW and greater and take service under Rider RTP-L. Customers take Rider RTP-L if they opt for service under Rider RTP-L, return from RES supply and not eligible to take service under Rider BGS-L, have generation that qualifies them for Rider RTP-L, or request partial service from a RES. Customers taking service under Rider RTP-L will be supplied from the BGS-LRTP Supplier Forward Contracts.
Basic Generation Service, or Basic Generation Service-Fixed Price Load (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
BGS-FP Load represents the sum of the hourly load, multiplied by a loss expansion factor, of all residential and small commercial and industrial (C&I) Customers (less than 1000 kW) that have not chosen a RES. The retail supply tariff is known as Rider BGS. Customers under 1000 kW will have available to them an optional Real-Time Pricing tariff (Rider RTP). Customers taking service under Rider BGS or Rider RTP will be supplied from the BGS-FP Supplier Forward Contracts. The BGS-FP Load is divided into one or more Auction Products as described in the Competitive Procurement Auction Process part of this Rider.
Basic Generation Service - Large, or Basic Generation Service-Large Customer Fixed Pricing Load (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
BGS-LFP Load represents the sum of the hourly load, multiplied by a loss expansion factor, of all Customers 1000 kW and greater who have not opted to be served by a RES nor elected Rider RTP-L or interruptible service under Rider RTP-LI for their electric power and energy supply service during the Open Enrollment Period. Rider BGS-L contains the terms and conditions for Customers electing such service. Customers taking service under Rider BGS-L will be supplied from the BGS-LFP Supplier Forward Contracts.
BGS Group (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
BGS Group means the Auction Products, collectively, procured by the Company in the Fixed Price Section, as defined in this general definitions part, or the Auction Product procured by the Company in the Hourly Price Section, as defined in this general definitions part, of the Illinois Auction.
Billing Period (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
The interval between consecutive meter reading dates during which electric service is provided and billed for by Company.
Budget Billing Plan (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
An optional payment plan available to Rate DS-1 and DS-2 Customers where Company will bill Customer a monthly amount equal to one-twelfth of the estimated annual billings to the Customer.
Bundled Service (Ameren Illinois Tariff)
Includes electric power and energy provided by the Company under Rider BGS, BGS-L, RTP or RTP-L; transmission service, distribution Delivery Service, metering service and related services provided by the Company under the filed tariff schedules.