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Worried about expensive utility bills? Check out these resources for Illinois consumers

As energy prices skyrocket and an expensive  summer approaches, CUB has compiled a list of resources to help consumers who are struggling with their bills. Please share this blog post  with your friends and family.  If you or someone you know is having trouble paying for utility services, the first…...

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In May, natural gas prices reach their highest point in more than a decade

Many natural gas customers in Illinois are paying the highest prices in more than a decade, with most utilities charging nearly $1 a therm or more in May, according to gas price data filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).  This latest development shows that even though winter is over,…...

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Gas prices still skyrocketing–thank goodness winter is ending

Winter is ending, and hopefully warm weather is on the way, because natural gas prices continue to be through the roof.  About 80 percent of Illinois homes heat with natural gas, and this has been their most expensive winter since the cold season of 2008-09.  Illinois’ natural gas utilities file…...

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Marking a year of skyrocketing gas prices: CUB urges consumers to separate myth from fact

As Illinois utility customers enter their twelfth straight month of high heating prices, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) issued a consumer alert to warn natural gas customers about pervasive myths that could ultimately hurt their bottom lines. (Watch CUB’s video on three actions you can take to fight high gas…...

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February’s natural gas prices: How much will you pay to heat your home?

A year after a deep freeze across the Southern United States sparked problems in the natural gas distribution system, Illinois consumers are still suffering under skyrocketing heating bills because of that extreme weather and other market problems.    The prices for major natural gas utilities in Illinois are as follows:  Ameren…...

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Q&A: High natural gas bills in Illinois in 2022

This past winter, natural gas bills were at their highest level in more than a decade, and the two major reasons are: overly aggressive spending by gas utilities and skyrocketing supply prices. Gas prices continue to be at extreme levels. Read our Q&A to get the details. How expensive has…...

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Op-Ed: Here’s why our gas bills are skyrocketing

By David Kolata, CUB executive director CUB has been sounding the alarm for months about soaring natural gas bills, as we could be on the hook to pay hundreds of dollars more to heat our homes this winter. You can blame your high bills on two reasons: Skyrocketing natural gas…...

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Despite price drop, natural gas supply rates still high compared to 2020

Several natural gas utilities have dropped their prices slightly in December after months of ballooning prices. Despite the slight decrease, natural gas prices are still two to three times greater than they were last December. Current natural gas prices are related to an extreme cold snap that froze natural gas…...

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CUB Executive Director David Kolata’s statement on Nicor rate hike

The following is a statement from Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Executive Director David Kolata on Nicor Gas’ $240 million rate hike.  It’s unacceptable that Nicor Gas pushed for higher rates—its third record request in four years—while people are struggling under a pandemic and the highest winter heating prices in more…...

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With an expensive winter ahead, CUB Help Center aims to protect consumers from ballooning gas bills

Illinois consumers are facing the possibility of hundreds of dollars in higher heating bills this winter due to skyrocketing natural gas prices and aggressive utility spending. Most supply rates went up again on Nov. 1, with major utilities charging about double 2020 prices. CUB has launched an online help center…...

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