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What is the Future Energy Jobs Act? CUB analyzes Illinois’ biggest energy legislation in years

The Illinois General Assembly has passed the Future Energy Jobs Act, one of the most significant pieces of energy legislation in the past 20 years. CUB members should know about this new law. What is it?  The Future Energy Jobs Act (Senate Bill 2814) is a compromise bill that was…...

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General Assembly passes historic energy efficiency standards

On the last day of the General Assembly’s veto session, legislators passed Senate Bill 2814, a measure that will spark lower utility bills by establishing historic energy efficiency standards for Illinois’ biggest electric utilities. On Thursday evening, the Illinois House passed the measure, also called the “Future Energy Jobs Bill,” 63-38,…...

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CUB Action Center: Tell legislators to support SB 2814 – A bill that boosts money-saving energy efficiency

Reasons to Support Senate Bill 2814 SB 2814 WILL LOWER UTILITY BILLS This legislation will save consumers money.  That’s the bottom line.  CUB has combed through the bill and performed a meticulous analysis of every provision in the legislation.  When all of the costs and benefits are added up, we…...

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Urgent: Call Springfield now

Some big energy lobbyists are invading Springfield to kill an energy efficiency plan that could lower our utility bills by at least $4 billion. Why? Because higher utility bills = big profits for them. But YOU can stop these big energy lobbyists if you make 3 calls TODAY! Please, call…...

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Tell legislators: Strong energy efficiency standards

Any day now, the Illinois General Assembly could be voting on major energy legislation. In Illinois we have a historic opportunity through this legislation to require utilities to dramatically expand their investments in energy efficiency, lowering our utility bills by at least $4 billion and helping to create tens of…...

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Results of quick poll on Exelon Bill

Nearly 1,900 people responded to our informal survey about a push by Illinois’ biggest energy company, ComEd-parent Exelon, to raise electric bills by up to $1.6 billion–and eight out of 10 said NO to the idea. Exelon says keeping its nuclear plants open will fight climate change—and they need economic help. Opponents…...

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Breaking: ‘Slam dunk’ for electric customers at the Supreme Court

It’s never easy taking on big energy companies, but then there are days like this. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in support of an important efficiency program called Demand Response. Read CUB’s statement. Demand Response is any program in which power grid operators pay electricity users to…...

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Big Exelon announcement opens the door for Illinois Clean Jobs Bill

Ending months of speculation about the fate of its Quad Cities and Byron nuclear power plants, ComEd-parent Exelon announced today that it would put off a decision about those plants for another year. As consumers brace for higher power bills due to recent electricity auctions, this development provides a unique opportunity to…...

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Editorial roundup: the battle to protect electric customers in Springfield

Springfield is abuzz with two very different pieces of energy legislation, one that could help electric customers and another that could hurt them. One is  the Illinois Clean Jobs bill (House Bill 2607/Senate Bill 1485), which would increase energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in Illinois.  A CUB analysis found that the…...

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Say No to Exelon Boost!

A new bill introduced in the Illinois General Assembly could increase  Ameren and ComEd power bills— by $300 million per year! The bill would add a surcharge on to Illinois electric bills to boost Exelon’s nuclear power plants in the state.  All customers would have to pay the charge (which would…...

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