ComEd asked for a $275 million rate hike today. The hike, which would take effect in January, would increase the average power bill by about $3 per month, ComEd said. CUB will scrutinize every penny of the request, and we'll fight to reduce it as much as possible.
So far more than 1,600 people have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stand up for consumers in the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Please join them! Sign a petition now!
If someone calls your home claiming to be from the "Microsoft technical support team", be on alert! Read more about this new scam targeting computer users.
More than 1,800 people responded to CUB's survey about unregulated natural gas suppliers. We've been hearing a lot of stories like this lately: "The person who came to the door wanted to see a copy of our gas bill to check the account number. We told him NO and that we were not interested in his deals." Read CUB's WatchBlog, and beware of bad deals.
Take a look at your gas bill. Does it say "Nicor Advanced Energy" on it? That's NOT the regulated utility, Nicor Gas. It's an unregulated supplier that has generated a lot of consumer complaints. Read all about it.
At a recent CUB utility-bill clinic in Elmhurst, Laura showed a consumer how to save $53.10 per month. "She's phenomenal," the consumer said.
As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we're also tackling $539.6 million in rate-hike battles, and that number could easily reach $1 billion by the end of the year. Read all about it.
ComEd-parent Exelon is reportedly threatening to close up to three nuclear power plants if state legislators don't force customers to pay more on their electric bills to boost company profits. In a guest column for the Chicago Tribune, CUB says: "Anything resembling a full-fledged bailout of Exelon's plants would be radioactive for our pocketbooks."
Electric rates are expected to go up on June 1, and CUB's getting a lot of questions about a new offer the City of Chicago has negotiated with Integrys Energy Services. Read our fact sheet.
Have questions about smart meters? Visit CUB's Smart Power Center. Take our survey, and you could win an LED light bulb, with a money-saving potential of $100.