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Natural gas prices continue decline amid Coronavirus concerns

For the fifth consecutive month, most natural gas utilities have lowered their prices from the previous month as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts the market. All prices  are lower than last May.  The price per therm you will pay for natural gas in May, also known as the Purchased Gas Adjustment,…...

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ComEd, Ameren file for electric rate decreases (yes, you read that right!)

Electric utilities ComEd and Ameren Illinois have both filed for rate decreases before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)—$11.5 million and $45.3 million, respectively. Both requests will be reviewed by the Commission and decided on in December. ComEd’s cut, its third rate decrease in a row and fifth in 10 years,…...

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CUB’s legal team tackles Coronavirus consumer protections, rate cases, alternative suppliers

In spite of the novel Coronavirus putting our lives on hold, CUB’s legal team is continuing the fight for utility customer rights and lower rates. General Counsel Julie Soderna and new Senior Attorney Eric DeBellis are currently working on about 15 cases. Here are a few highlights. Coronavirus Response In…...

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Chicago resolution calls out excessive spending by Peoples Gas

The Chicago City Council has passed a resolution urging Illinois leaders to protect the City’s residents from rapidly increasing heating bills caused by a “troubled” Peoples Gas pipeline-replacement program. The resolution, passed on Friday, calls on Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly “to restore necessary oversight of this…...

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Chicago becomes national leader with EV ordinance that’s good for pocketbook, planet

Chicago has joined a small circle of U.S. cities pioneering policies to prepare for the projected growth in electric vehicles (EVs). On Friday, the City Council passed an ordinance that opens the door to cost-effective expansion of charging equipment in residential and commercial buildings. It’s called the Electric Vehicle Supply…...

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Update: CEJA must pass this session, despite COVID-19

CUB’s consumer advocacy work during the Coronavirus emergency includes fighting rate hikes–and that’s why we’re continuing to push for passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act during this spring legislative session. It just can’t wait.  CEJA not only puts Illinois on a path to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050,…...

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Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit

Have some spare time at home and wondering how to bring down your utility bills? Conduct your own home energy audit, and use this guide as a handy checklist.  Switch to LEDs If you haven’t heard this before from CUB, we’ll say it again: Ditch your incandescents! Incandescent light bulbs…...

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UPDATE: $500 refund! CUB helps save man from “awful nightmare” with alternative supplier

UPDATE: A few weeks ago, CUB’s Annie Warnock helped secure a $500 refund for a consumer. We put out a blog telling about his alternative supplier nightmare. This week, Gayle sent us a donation and became a CUB member. He also wrote us a note, thanking our staff for helping…...

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CUB webinars to share tips on robocalls, cable, electric, solar in IL

In honor of Financial Literacy Month and Earth Month, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is holding a series of free webinars in April to share money-saving tips about robocalls, pay TV service, electric bills and new solar energy programs in Illinois.   The webinars are part of the watchdog’s continuing efforts…...

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Sign up for CUB’s free webinar series

Reduce Robocalls and Cut Your Cable Bill (10 a.m., Thursday, April 16): Watch this webinar. Earth Week Special: Illinois’ New Solar Programs (10 a.m., Thursday, April 23): Watch this webinar. Energy Savings for Ameren and ComEd Customers (10 a.m., Thursday, April 30): Register HERE.  ...

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