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Clean Energy

Advocates urge City Council to propose cheaper, cleaner way to heat new buildings in Chicago

Today, advocates gathered at City Hall to urge the Chicago City Council to pass a “Clean Buildings, Clean Air” ordinance that would establish emissions standards for newly constructed buildings. The ordinance would ensure new buildings in Chicago are built to be fossil-free with efficient appliances that lead to improved indoor…...

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Sunshine & poses: Skokie resident’s solar snapshot wins CUB’s Clean Energy Scavenger Hunt

Congratulations to Robert of Skokie for winning CUB’s Clean Energy Scavenger Hunt! We asked for clean energy-themed photos, and his picture was randomly selected out of all the submissions to win $100. Check out his winning photo, featuring his brother in front of a school outfitted with solar panels in…...

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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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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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CUB fights for consumers before the world’s largest power grid operator

UPDATE: The proposal to require one PJM board member to have clean energy expertise was rejected 52-21 after Dayton Power and Light and NRG requested a suspension of the rules to make the vote anonymous.  CUB Executive Director David Kolata said “It’s illuminating that fossil fuel generators pushed to make…...

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Constellation and Arcadia: CUB’s evaluation of a new community solar offer

This is an evaluation of the Constellation and Arcadia community solar offering. (If you are not already familiar with community solar, we recommend reading our Introduction to Community Solar first.) Constellation is marketing this offer, and Arcadia is their billing provider. How will signing up for the Constellation-Arcadia community solar…...

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Consumer-friendly features to know on ComEd’s website

If you’re a ComEd customer, registering for online access with your utility has its benefits—you can easily make payments, update your contact information, access account information, view your current and previous bills and review your usage history.  To sign up for ComEd online access, visit this webpage. You’ll most likely…...

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Climate change could raise electric bills by $10.9 billion, CUB research says

Climate change will cause ComEd customers to pay an additional $10.9 billion on their electric bills over the next 30 years, a new CUB study shows. The research proves a point that CUB has long made: Climate change is bad for consumers’ bottom lines. It also underscores the importance of…...

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Utility Diaries: A Month of Bills in Urbana, Illinois

In Utility Diaries, we look at what different households across Illinois pay in a month for utility expenses.  Today’s household consists of two people in a rented house in Urbana.   Housing Background Location: Urbana, IL Household Size: 2 people Housing Type: House Rent or Own: Rent Square Footage: 1,215 Year…...

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Illinois consumers rally to pass CEJA: “A bill for Illinoisans historically and systematically shut out and forgotten”

Consumers from across the state gathered on Zoom and Facebook today for a virtual environmental justice lobby day in support of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), comprehensive energy legislation currently before the Illinois General Assembly. The second virtual lobby day, today’s event saw Illinois residents meeting with their legislators…...

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