STATE OF ILLINOIS
ILLINOIS COMMERCE COMMISSION
Jewel Turner :
Commonwealth Edison Company : 11-0572
Complaint as to inconsistent meter readings:
in Chicago, Illinois :
By the Commission:
I. Procedural History
On August 8, 2011, Jewel Turner (“Turner” or “Complainant”) filed a complaint against Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”, “Respondent” or the “Company”) with the Illinois Commerce Commission (“Commission”) alleging that the meter readings at his residence at 7622 South Paulina Street in Chicago, Illinois are inconsistent.
At the initial hearing on September 19, 2011, the parties agreed to continue the matter. During the following hearing held on October 7, 2011, the parties were unable to settle the dispute and the Company stated that it would file a motion to dismiss Mr. Turner’s complaint on or before October 28, 2011. Mr. Turner agreed that he would file his response to the motion to dismiss on or before November 14, 2011. The Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) continued the matter generally pending the filings.
On October 18, 2011, the Company filed its motion to dismiss stating that it had not read Complainant's meter between October 19, 2010 and April 20, 2011 ("Estimated Billing Period"), but that it had resumed monthly readings from April 20, 2011 through September 19, 2011. It stated further that as of October 7, 2011, the outstanding balance on the Complainant's electric account was $1,911.00; plus the Complainant had an unbilled amount of $562.44 under a Special Payment Agreement to pay previous balances. According to the Company, Mr. Turner had not made a payment on his electric account since March 31, 2011, over four months prior to filing this complaint.
The Company additionally noted in its motion that 83 Illinois Administrative Code Section 280.100 allows it to back-bill Mr. Turner or give him a true-up bill for the period of estimated readings within one year from the date service was provided to him. ComEd explained that based on actual progressive readings of Mr. Turner's electric meter on October 19, 2010 and April 20, 2011 that he had been under-billed for the Estimated Billing Period. As a result, he was issued a true-up bill. The Company surmised that based on its monthly readings from March 22, 2011 through September 19, 2011, Mr. Turner’s complaint is moot and that it properly billed him for electric service for the Estimated Billing Period.