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Yes, this is GOOD news out of Washington

Good news! The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made headlines this week after unanimously rejecting a plan that would have given extra money to coal and nuclear plants and could have increased electricity costs by up to $11 billion a year. Energy Secretary Rick Perry argued his plan would have…...

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ComEd aims to reduce bills by $2/$3 per month

ComEd has announced plans to pass along to its customers about $200 million in savings from the new federal tax law. ComEd says the move, which requires Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approval, would decrease monthly bills for the average customer by about $2 to $3 per month. Crain’s Chicago Business points…...

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Net neutrality: Not. Dead. Yet.

You may have read headlines that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has killed the internet consumer protections we call “net neutrality.” But this fight is far from over, and that’s why we want you to act now! Pro-consumer lawyers are mounting a court challenge of the FCC’s vote, and members of Congress…...

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From the Desk of David Kolata: CUB Executive Director’s New Year Report

This report is a thanks and tribute to CUB’s supporters. You are working for a better Illinois, and I’m grateful to you. I know it’s easy to get discouraged these days, but remember that you are part of an Illinois success story. Together, here’s what we accomplished in 2017: Legal/Policy:…...

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CUB releases first-ever internet privacy guide to help IL consumers avoid online crooks and scam artists

For the first time in its three-decade history, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has released a guide on internet privacy to help Illinois consumers prevent online crooks and scam artists from stealing their personal information, and their money. Consumers can get a free copy of “Internet Privacy: A Guide to…...

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CUB statement on ComEd’s $95.6 million rate hike

ComEd on Wednesday received a $95.6 million rate hike. The increase means the average customer will pay roughly 73 cents a month more. We’re disappointed! Read CUB’s statement on the rate hike: “CUB doesn’t believe ComEd needs such a high rate hike. We will study the order and weigh our…...

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Fight for net neutrality is just beginning

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to make a big mistake regarding your internet. The FCC, led by new Chairman Ajit Pai, will likely vote for a plan that will decimate the internet consumer protections (also called “net neutrality”) the commission passed in 2015. Here’s why…...

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A message from Steve, a CUB Volunteer

My name is Steve, and one way I give back to my community is as a CUB member and volunteer. I’m proud of the work we’ve done this year—and one of my favorite moments is when I saved two customers from paying for an outrageous gas rip-off. So far, I’ve…...

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Consumer Alert: Does your gas bill have a charge from Nicor Home Solutions?

When’s the last time you carefully looked at your Nicor Gas bill? Is there a charge from Nicor Home Solutions tucked away among all the other charges? If there is, get the facts:  Fact: Nicor Home Solutions is NOT Nicor Gas, the regulated utility. Nicor Home Solutions is an unregulated affiliate…...

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New EDF/CUB study shows potential of real-time pricing to cut power bills

Ninety-seven percent of a sample of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) customers would have saved money in 2016—without changing their electricity use—had they participated in a “real-time pricing” program in which power prices change hourly, according to new research released today. In a broad, first-of-its-kind study, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Citizens…...

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