Congratulations to Joyce H. of Urbana for winning $100 off of her next power bill—and two efficient LED bulbs— through CUB’s Executive Director’s Mid-year Membership Survey!
Joyce’s name was randomly selected from a pool of 1,120 other participants after telling CUB which rate-hike battle mattered most to her.
The membership survey—which was administered online— marked the official launch of CUB’s June Consumer Campaign to tackle billions of dollars in rate-hike battles. The following key pocketbook issues were included:
- Fighting ComEd’s $138 million rate hike.
- Analyzing Ameren’s $14 million electric rate cut—to increase it even more.
- Battling Illinois American Water’s $43 million rate hike. (Expert testimony says it should be slashed by at least 60 percent!)
- Improving the Peoples Gas pipe-replacement program to prevent cost overruns, and fight for refunds on any unnecessary or wasteful spending. (We’ve already helped secure a $18.5 million refund package in a related case.)
While a majority of respondents listed ComEd’s rate hike as their number one issue, Joyce ultimately chose the water rate hike—a battle that hit closer to home for her.
Here’s how the other battles played out:
ComEd wants a $138 million rate hike: 53%
All of the above: 28%
Peoples Gas pipe-replacement project has $4 billion in projected cost overruns: 8%
Illinois American Water wants a $43 million rate hike: 6%
Ameren is proposing a $14 million electric rate cut: 5%
Right now, our tiny legal team is hard at work tackling every single one of these battles. But our team of two can’t do it alone—!