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How to fight utility rate hikes in 2024

In 2024, CUB is fighting against higher utility rates in several cases. Here’s how you can get involved.

New Rate Hike: Aqua Illinois Rate Hike (ICC Docket # 24-0044)

Aqua Illinois on Jan. 17 filed for a $19.2 million rate hike before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). For the average residential wastewater and water bill (4,000 gallons), Aqua said this would increase rates by $29.91 per month, or about $1 a day.

CUB is challenging the rate hike. “A rate hike of up to $30 a month is painfully excessive–and will be a hardship for Aqua customers. CUB has long had concerns about poor service quality and high rates from Aqua,” CUB said in a statement. “Aqua’s parent company has raked in $828 million in profits over the last two years, which begs the question of why the water utility needs to burden its customers with a punishing rate hike.”

Take action: 

CUB petition: Tell the ICC to say no to Aqua Illinois.

File a comment with the ICC

You can also call the ICC to oppose the rate hike, at 1-800-524-0795.


New Rate Hike: Illinois American Rate Hike (ICC Docket # 24-0097) 

Illinois American Water announced on Jan. 25 that it was pushing for a rate hike. Illinois American said the hike would increase water service bills by an average of about $24 per month, while the average residential wastewater bill would increase by about $5 per month, depending on the customer’s service area.

CUB will challenge the rate hike. “Illinois American’s $152 million rate-hike request is severe and greedy—the company is pushing for an excessive profit rate for its shareholders—and CUB will do everything it can to reduce it,” CUB said in a statement. “This punishing rate hike will be a hardship to consumers who depend on the utility for a vital service–and that’s why we’re challenging the company’s money-grab. ”

CUB Petition: Tell the ICC to say no to Illinois American.

File a comment with the ICC. 

You can also call the ICC to oppose the rate hike, at 1-800-524-0795.


ComEd (ICC Docket # 23-0055)

On Dec. 14, ComEd received a rate hike that amounts to $506 million over four years–about 65 percent less than what it wanted. ComEd filed a petition for rehearing challenging the ICC ruling.  The ICC approved a narrow rehearing, which means ComEd could win higher rates.  The rehearing lasts until around the end of May.

CUB Petition: Tell the ICC to say no to ComEd.

You can also call the ICC to oppose an increase in rates, at 1-800-524-0795.


Ameren Illinois (electric) (ICC Docket # 23-0082)

On Dec. 14, Ameren received a rate hike that amounts to about $56 million over four years–about 87 percent less than what it wanted. Ameren filed a petition for rehearing challenging the ICC ruling, hoping to win higher rates. The ICC granted a rehearing, which will last until June.

CUB Petition: Tell the ICC to say no to Ameren Illinois (electric). 

You can also call the ICC to oppose an increase in rates, at 1-800-524-0795.


Peoples Gas (ICC Docket # 23-0069)

On Nov. 16, Peoples Gas received a state-record gas increase that included about $100 million in new customer money flowing to the utility. But that was about $100 million less than what the company wanted. The ICC granted a narrow rehearing on some issues in the case, and that process will conclude by May.

CUB Petition: Tell the ICC to say no to Peoples Gas.

You can also call the ICC to oppose an increase in rates, at 1-800-524-0795.