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Regulators say NO to Peoples, Nicor Gas

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has ordered a $15.4 million refund for Peoples Gas customers and most recently a refund of more than $31 million for Nicor Gas customers, two votes that may signal a tougher stance towards utilities whose rampant spending has helped spark a heating-affordability crisis in Illinois.…...

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Making A Difference: She said “no one at the utility company was listening”— but CUB did

CUB has helped save Illinois consumers more than $20 billion over the last four decades, but sometimes the most important consumer victory is just listening. Take Eleanor’s case. For two years, her October and November bills were around $285 and Nicor kept saying that’s what the meter read. They even…...

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CUB Q&A with new Executive Director Sarah Moskowitz

After more than two decades of consumer advocacy work at CUB, Sarah Moskowitz has been named executive director of the utility watchdog group. Read our Q&A with Sarah.  Q: As you become executive director, what’s your vision for CUB? A: I want to continue the legacy of fighting for consumers…...

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A farewell message to Illinois consumers from David Kolata

I thank you for your interest in clean energy, consumer protections and lower utility bills—and I want to make sure you were notified of my big news: After 22 rewarding years at CUB—including nearly 18 as Executive Director—I am moving on to work in the clean energy industry. I make…...

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Longtime consumer advocate Sarah Moskowitz succeeds David Kolata as CUB Executive Director

Sarah Moskowitz, who during a two-decade career at the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has advocated for thousands of utility customers and pioneered the group’s nation-leading Outreach program, will now head Illinois’ top utility watchdog, succeeding David Kolata, who concludes an acclaimed 18-year tenure at the organization’s helm, the CUB Board…...

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CUB Q&A: Peoria’s Power Deal

Ameren Illinois is the electric utility that serves Central and Southern Illinois. But while Ameren will always deliver the power to your home over its wires, under state law you can choose an alternative company to supply you with electricity. (That means a company other than Ameren will purchase electricity…...

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Electrifying news: Utilities offer home rebates, discounts for moving from gas to electricity

By: Kate Shonk CUB Sustainable Communities Liason At almost every outreach event, CUB staff fields questions on electrification. Now more than ever, it’s clear consumers are curious about alternatives to gas, and now more than ever there are financial incentives to help them make that switch.  Because electric supply can…...

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CUB, MREA, Chicagoland counties partner to offer deep discounts on solar panels, future savings on power bills

A unique partnership among five Chicagoland counties, nonprofit advocates and expert solar professionals will educate consumers on how they can install solar panels at some of the deepest discounts in the state, CUB said Monday as the program launched.  The Solar Switch program, formerly called Grow Solar Chicagoland, is a…...

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CUB’s money-saving events in June

This month we have a jam-packed schedule of free, money-saving events. With the weather getting warmer, this is the perfect time to get up to speed on energy efficiency and more clean energy opportunities. We hope to see you at one of the events below! 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Monday,…...

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CUB’s guy in Springfield thanks consumers for their involvement

By: Bryan McDaniel CUB Director of Governmental Affairs Given all the action on energy legislation in the General Assembly over the last few years, 2023 proved a little quieter, until the end of session when Ameren muscled through a proposal to give themselves a monopoly over transmission lines in their…...

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