FILE - Winter Weather Illinois

People watch as ice flows along the Mississippi River near Chain of Rocks Bridge Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Madison County, Ill. The region has been plunged into the deep freeze with brutally cold temperatures and more snow in the forecast.

(The Center Square) – The Illinois Commerce Commission announced it is investigating preparations statewide to make sure it is prepared for future cold snaps like the one in February that led to a spike in natural gas prices and left some southern states, like Texas, freezing.

The United States Southern Central region was hit hard by winter storms in February. The storms left millions of people without power and natural gas prices skyrocketed.

These recent storms and the effect they had prompted the Illinois Commerce Commission to open a notice of inquiry into the state's Extreme Weather Preparedness Plan.

A notice of inquiry or an NOI is a fact-gathering process in which the ICC will talk to the public and industry professionals to help figure what changes, if any, need to be made to the Illinois plan.

"We are digging deeper so that we are absolutely certain that every reasonable step possible is being taken to protect Illinois consumers from widespread outages and extreme energy prices.” said ICC Chairman Carrie Zalewski.

The NOI schedule requires the submission of initial comments by June 14, 2021, and submission of reply comments by July 30, 2021. 

Staff Reporter

Andrew Hensel has years of experience as a reporter and pre-game host for the Joliet Slammers, and as a producer for the Windy City Bulls. A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan University and Illinois Media School, Andrew lives in the south suburbs of Chicago.