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Attorney General Raoul urges Commerce Commission to order Commonwealth Edison pay customers larger refunds

News Release from Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Sept. 20, 2022 – Attorney General Kwame Raoul, along with the city of Chicago and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), filed an application for rehearing requesting the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) revisit its Aug. 17 decision ordering Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to refund $38…...

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With high gas prices steady, all signs point to another costly winter

CUB urges Illinois utility customers to brace themselves for another costly winter heating season. About 80 percent of Illinois homes heat with natural gas, and last winter was their most expensive since 2008-09, with many customers paying hundreds of dollars more to heat their homes. Natural gas prices have doubled…...

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Upcoming CUB events in September 2022

As we get closer to the winter heating season, it’s time to start thinking of cooler weather and preparing your home for it. Below you will find a jam-packed schedule of free CUB events this month that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom line.…...

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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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Free upcoming CUB events in August 2022

As we enter the final weeks of summer, it’s time to start thinking of cooler weather and preparing your home for it. Below you will find a jam-packed schedule of FREE CUB events this month–including our “Summer Series”–that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom…...

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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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Ameren offers $500,000 in assistance, and special payment plans have July 31 deadline

In a summer of skyrocketing power prices, Ameren Illinois announced it is using $500,000 in shareholder funds to give relief to electric customers–and until July 31 it is offering certain customers friendlier plans to pay off debt.   The Residential Assistance Credit is in response to the highest electricity prices CUB…...

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CUB explainer: What are Capacity Markets?

As we hold community events across the state of Illinois, people are often surprised to hear that our electric bills cover not only the power we use but the power we could use. That’s capacity.  And the cost of capacity–for most customers it’s hidden in the supply charge we pay–has…...

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