The Office of Retail Market Development (ORMD) was created pursuant to Public Act 094-1095 because the
Illinois General Assembly recognized that in order "for Illinois consumers to receive products, prices and
terms tailored to meet their needs, a competitive wholesale electricity market must be closely linked to
a competitive retail electric market." The Act directs the ORMD to "actively seek input from all interested
parties and to develop a thorough understanding and critical analyses of the tools and techniques used to
promote retail competition in other states. The Office shall monitor existing competitive conditions in Illinois,
identify barriers to retail competition for all customer classes, and actively explore and propose to the Commission
and to the General Assembly solutions to overcome identified barriers."