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2022 First Quarter Report

CUB's 2022 First Quarter Report, outlining how we are fighting for clean affordable energy and consumer protections.

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2022 First Quarter Report

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CUB's 2022 First Quarter Report, outlining how we are fighting for clean affordable energy and consumer protections.

We appreciate working in partnership with you. If you would like to give a small donation for clean, affordable energy and consumer protections, please contribute here. Thank you!

Our Mission...

  • Fighting for utility customer interests in the courts and before the Illinois Commerce Commission.
  • Staffing free events to help all Illinois consumers cut their utility bills.
  • Answering a toll-free Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556, to advocate for consumers with complaints against utilities.
  • Producing groundbreaking research to help consumers fight climate change and save money on their energy bills.
  • Fighting for clean, affordable energy for the entire state.

Since 1984, fighting for Illinois consumers...

Consumer Savings Secured

$20 billion

Free Consumer Events Held


Consumer Inquires Handled


Biggest policy victory to date

Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA)

Illinois' top
consumer battles...

The first quarter of 2022 was marked by one of the most expensive winters in more than a decade. We held dozens of free, money-saving events and gave guidance to hundreds of consumers concerned about their energy costs. CUB also fought unnecessary gas utility spending and advocated for ComEd to give its customers a refund for its corruption scandal. We also worked to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in electric refunds for customers, thanks to the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act. And for the first time in CUB’s history, we released a comprehensive state-by state ranking of electric utility performance.

So far in 2022:

  • We set up as a resource for people concerned about skyrocketing heating bills in the most expensive winter in more than a decade.
  • We’re fighting ComEd, which says it only owes customers a $21 million refund for its corruption scandal. We’re working to more than double the refund in a case before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). Fight to double a ComEd refund.
  • We’ve just won a major victory in Springfield against misleading marketing. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said:  “I would like to thank CUB for its partnership as we work to protect residents from high utility rates and unnecessary fees.” Also, we helped block Senate Bill 1104, a proposal pushed by the fossil fuel industry that could have undermined the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA).
  • Major development: We are working to get $400+ million in refunds to ComEd customers and $50+ million in refunds to Ameren customers, by implementing a provision of the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). Read about this important case.

Grassroots consumer advocacy...

So far in 2022:

  • CUB’s Outreach team has staffed 50+ free events to help people cut their utility bills.
  • CUB’s Consumer Advocacy team, which staffs our Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556, has taken 372 inquiries/complaints.
  • The two teams have shown individual consumers how to save hundreds of dollars on their utility bills.
  • Major development: CUB’s Outreach team will launch a campaign to educate consumers about a new group-buy program that will help consumers save money on solar power.

Publications & Research

Publications & Research

Groundbreaking electricity report

For the first time in CUB’s history, we’ve released a ranking of all 50 states on: affordability, reliability and environmental responsibility. The report questions the claim that fossil fuels help lower utility bills. Order it here.

We hope this report sparks discussion and then action on how states can achieve the cheapest, fastest path to 100 percent clean, affordable power.

David Kolata, CUB Executive Director

We hope this free guide will help consumers navigate their TV options and understand how they can save money.

Jim Chilsen, CUB’s director of communications.

Publications & Research

Helping to Cut Your Costs

CUB released a newly updated version of our Guide to Cutting Your TV Costs. Please order your free copy now.

Publications & Research

Major Development

We are creating an online Building Electrification center, based on recent CUB research that showed consumers could save money by moving away from fossil fuel heat (natural gas) to cleaner resources.


If we stay with natural gas, it will continue to burn us. But there is hope: CUB just did a study that found that Chicago households that 'cut the pipe' and shift from gas to highly efficient electric heat would enjoy lifetime savings ranging from $24,716 to $47,104. In total that could potentially generate between $25 billion and $29 billion in cumulative savings for Chicago residents over the next three decades. 

David Kolata, CUB's Executive Director, Op-Ed, Daily Line, February 2022

Heartfelt thanks...


Dear Illinois consumers,
Thanks to your generous support, we are tackling a long to-do list in 2022. It’s never easy fighting for cleaner power, lower utility bills and consumer protections. But we promise to always fight alongside you for a clean, affordable energy future.

David Kolata, CUB Executive Director

CUB Board of Directors
and Staff

CUB Board of Directors

  • Robert Craig Neff, President, District 10
  • Candice Justice, Vice President, District 1
  • William Markel, Secretary, District 15
  • L. Kristofer Thomsen, Treasurer, District 2
  • Karen Eldred, District 3
  • Philip DeMaertelaere, District 5
  • Mark Benson, District 6
  • Steve Kleinman, District 9
  • John Cochrane, District 13
  • Steven Hall, District 16
  • James Betts, District 17

CUB Staff

  • Annie Warnock, Consumer Rights Specialist-Bilingual
  • Bryan McDaniel, Director of Governmental Affairs
  • Cynthia Segura, Carbon-Free Buildings Coordinator
  • Cyrius Currie, Director of IT
  • Danielle Holmes, Consumer Rights Specialist
  • David Kolata, Executive Director
  • Elizabeth Brandon, Digital Communications Strategist
  • Eric DeBellis, Regulatory Counsel
  • Ivonne Rychwa, Outreach Director
  • Jantay Gray, Administrative & Consumer Advocacy Assistant
  • Jeff Zethmayr, Director of Research
  • Jim Chilsen, Communications Director
  • Joseph Giamberdino, Sustainable Communities Liaison
  • Julie Soderna, General Counsel
  • Kate Shonk, Outreach Coordinator
  • Marina Minic, Solar Programs Administrator
  • Matt Harvey, Program Coordinator
  • Samantha Royal, Outreach and Communications Coordinator – CUB Español
  • Sandra Marcelin-Reme, Staff, Operations & Consumer Advocacy Director
  • Sarah Moskowitz, Deputy Director
  • Scott Allen, Environmental Outreach Coordinator
  • Sophia Mayen, Digital Communications Coordinator
  • Stephanie Salgado, Membership & Data Coordinator