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Years of Failure: With record-breaking rate hike pending, Peoples Gas pipe-replacement program once again over-budget, behind schedule

As Peoples Gas pulls in record profits and pushes for an unprecedented rate hike, the Chicago gas utility’s pipe-replacement program failed to hit its goals for the 22nd consecutive quarter, according to a report it submitted to state regulators this week. The program also ended the quarter over-budget, as it’s…...

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Should customers fund ComEd’s “marketing charm offensive”?

Crain’s Chicago Business recently wrote how ComEd wants customers to help pay for the utility’s “marketing charm offensive” in the wake of its corruption scandal.   In a proceeding  before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), Attorney General Kwame Raoul is urging state regulators to make ComEd, and not its customers, pay…...

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CUB asks Illinois consumers to support the Ethics in Energy Act

It’s bad enough that utilities join industry and trade groups that push bad, anti-consumer policy. But it’s even worse that consumers actually foot the bill for those activities.   That’s right, our monthly gas and electric bills help cover the utilities’ membership dues to groups that actively work against our interests. …...

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Scam alert! Beware of these 6 scams in 2023

Illinois consumers are no strangers to scams–a review of the latest statistics shows how the Land of Lincoln is a favorite target. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported that in 2022 Illinois ranked fifth in the number of victims (14,786) of Internet-related crime and seventh in…...

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CUB’s money-saving events in August

We’re nearing the end of summer, but there’s still plenty of time to learn how to save on your cooling bills.  Below are several CUB events this month that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom line. We hope to see you! 6:30 – 7:30…...

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August gas prices are relatively low, but it’s always a good time to prepare for winter

Illinois utilities have filed their August gas prices with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and they’re fairly consistent with what we saw in July.  Seven utilities reported a slight increase from last month, at most roughly a 22% increase in price for Consumers Gas. We’re relieved that the supply rates…...

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ICC to hold public forum on Peoples Gas’ state record $402 million rate hike

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is urging Chicago customers to attend a public forum to voice their opposition to a push by Peoples Gas for the largest gas rate hike in Illinois history. Chicago’s gas utility has had six straight years of record profit while large sections of the city…...

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Consumer advocates to Illinois utilities: Pause shut-offs in storm-ravaged areas

Consumer advocates are calling on utilities across the state–including Ameren Illinois, Commonwealth Edison, Peoples Gas and Nicor Gas–to issue a moratorium on utility shut-offs and offer special assistance to help residents of areas ravaged by extreme summer weather. Leaders from a number of advocacy groups, including the Citizens Utility Board…...

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Mid-year Report, by Sarah Moskowitz, CUB Executive Director

It’s been a historic year so far, with Illinois utilities pushing for a record $2.9 billion in higher rates and a major transition at the Citizens Utility Board (CUB). Check out my mid-year report–and please consider a small contribution to support the work for clean, affordable energy. Summary: Major change…...

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Join the fight against $2.9 billion in rate hikes

By Eric DeBellis CUB General Counsel As you know, Laura Loyd and I (CUB’s legal team) are fighting a record six rate cases in 2023, and I just wanted to give you an update as to where we’re at in those battles. What’s left to do in these cases?  Now…...

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