WBEZ | ICC http://www.wbez.org/tags/icc Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en ICC says ComEd can delay rollout of smart meters http://www.wbez.org/news/icc-says-comed-can-delay-rollout-smart-meters-104210 <p><p>The Illinois Commerce Commission has agreed to let Commonwealth Edison delay the rollout of so-called &quot;smart&quot; meters.</p><p>The digital devices record electricity consumption in greater detail than older meters. They will be installed on homes in ComEd&#39;s&nbsp;service area as part of a program to modernize the electrical grid to prevent outages and help consumers save money.&nbsp;</p><p>The ICC voted Wednesday to grant the company&#39;s request to postpone.</p><p>But the commission said it did not think ComEd&#39;s claim of insufficient funding for the project was valid.<br /><br />&quot;The rates that were approved by the commission allow them to recover all of their expenses associated with this project as well as to earn a return on their investment in it,&quot; said Beth Bosch, spokesperson for the commission.</p><p>ComEd disagrees with the ICC on 12 technical issues in the commission&#39;s proposed rate formula. The company said the ICC&#39;s formulas will decrease its revenues by at least $100 million per year and make the smart meter project unsustainable.</p><p>&quot;We are not going to be able to embark on a billion-dollar investment program without assurance of having adequate funding,&quot; said Judy Rader of ComEd.</p><p>ComEd wants to delay installation until 2015;&nbsp;the ICC said it will revisit the issue in April.</p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/icc-says-comed-can-delay-rollout-smart-meters-104210 With its first conviction, the International Criminal Court faces scrutiny http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-03/segment/its-first-conviction-international-criminal-court-faces-scrutiny-97871 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP120314010857.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last month, the International Criminal Court handed out its first guilty verdict in the tribunal’s 10-year history. Militia leader <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17358799" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Thomas Lubanga</a> was convicted of war crimes for using child soldiers during the civil wars that plagued the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p><p>The ICC has come under a lot scrutiny for its application of justice -- both in the Lubanga case specifically, and in its mission more broadly. With Lubanga’s superiors having gone unpunished, there are accusations that the court seems to avoid prosecuting those with real political power. Also, some say the ICC’s legitimacy is undermined because powerful nations like the U.S., Russia and China refuse to lend official support. Human rights contributor and Notre Dame law professor&nbsp; <a href="http://law.nd.edu/people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/douglass-cassel/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Doug Cassel</a> joins <em>Worldview </em>to discuss the ICC's benefits and shortcomings.</p></p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:44:30 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-03/segment/its-first-conviction-international-criminal-court-faces-scrutiny-97871 Attorney General Lisa Madigan reacts to pending utility rate hike legislation http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-01/attorney-general-lisa-madigan-reacts-pending-utility-rate-hike-legislati <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-01/Madigan Getty Joshua Lott.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Illinois General Assembly recently approved a bill that would allow power companies to raise electricity rates. The legislation is backed by Commonwealth Edison. The utility argues that it needs the extra revenue to update an aging electrical grid.<br> <br> This latest hike would be in addition to a separate rate increase that goes into effect on June 1. Despite legislative support in the House and Senate, not everyone is for the hike.<em> </em>One opponent is Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan who joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share her concerns.<br> <br> <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> also hit the streets to hear from local residents about how they plan to keep cool during hot summer months.</p><p><em>Music Button: Pat Metheny, "Orchestrion", from the CD Orchestrion, (Nonesuch)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-01/attorney-general-lisa-madigan-reacts-pending-utility-rate-hike-legislati