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Illinois solar energy is spreading thanks to group buy programs

Thanks to the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act, we’re in an exciting time for solar energy in Illinois. With our partner the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Grow Solar group buy program is helping property owners across Illinois take the first steps toward lower…...

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Here’s what Illinois consumers need to know about Inflation Reduction Act clean energy benefits

Now that the historic Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has been signed into law, many consumers are wondering how they can benefit from the money-saving, clean energy provisions in the bill. The IRA represents much needed relief at a time when 1 in 6 homes in America are behind on their…...

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September gas prices are out, prepare for winter heating season now

We’re officially one month from winter heating season. Based on future prices, we’re looking at a painful winter, especially as 1 in 6 Americans are struggling to keep up with their utility bills.  About 80 percent of Illinois homes heat with natural gas, and the past winter was their most…...

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The EV Buyer’s Handbook: A summary

For your convenience, we offer this summary of the EV Buyer’s Handbook. You can order the full guide for free on our guide order form.  Introduction An electric vehicle is any car or truck that plugs into an electric socket. It has a battery that stores energy to power an…...

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City of Chicago commits to 100% renewable energy by 2025

The City of Chicago has announced its transition to 100% clean energy by 2025, making it one of the largest city governments in the country to commit to reducing its carbon footprint.  “I am incredibly proud to advance this commitment to transitioning all city operations to 100% renewable energy by 2025,”…...

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Here’s what you need to know about alternative electricity suppliers

During high-priced times, many consumers wonder if they should switch to an alternative supplier.  However, when energy prices are up, alternative gas and electricity suppliers are often impacted by the same market conditions, so be careful about getting lured into bad deals. And two recent articles help drive that point…...

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CUB explainer: The Inflation Reduction Act

The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that supporters say would represent the nation’s largest investment in energy efficiency in history, and its biggest and best attempt yet to fight climate change.  The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) aims to reduce inflation by increasing corporate tax revenue by closing loopholes and supporting…...

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CUB’s virtual summer event series to help consumers fight high utility bills

In an expensive year for energy customers, CUB has launched a free summer webinar series with helpful information about high energy prices, tips on how renters and other consumers can cut their utility bills, and the benefits of  Illinois’ historic Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). “Consumers are getting hit…...

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August update: Gas prices still at unprecedented highs, prepare for expensive winter

Illinois is entering its eighteenth month of elevated natural gas prices, with several utilities charging unprecedented highs of more than $1 a therm, according to pricing data filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). Last winter was the most expensive in more than a decade, and it looks like the…...

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$10.3B renewable energy transmission project long-term response to capacity shortage

The power grid operator for Central and Southern Illinois has approved a $10.3 billion transmission line project that in the long term will bring more clean energy to the region and help prevent problems that have slammed electric customers with skyrocketing power bills this summer. The project, approved by the…...

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