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What is your gas utility charging in October?

Last winter’s polar vortex blast sparked a jump in Illinois natural gas prices that ranged from 9-80 percent. Now, about a half-year later, the gas prices are finally coming down to more normal levels–just as another winter approaches. We’ll keep an eye on the weather reports–it looks like it might not be as…...

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A $580 million hit on our pocketbooks

Illinois consumers complain all the time about the power markets not working for them. For months now, we’ve also been hearing complaints from Exelon, the parent company of ComEd. Despite making $21 billion in profits over the last decade, Exelon says it needs help from ratepayers to boost revenue at its…...

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5 things Ameren customers should know

To mark the opening of our new CUB office in Hillsboro, Outreach Coordinator Rajiv Ravulapati is touring Central and Southern Illinois to tell Ameren customers the five things they should know as we enter the winter heating season. 1) Rates are going DOWN. Ameren customers may be bracing for big bills,…...

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Court ruling threatens ComEd customers with 20% rate hike

We received bad news recently out of Washington: A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit could spark a 20 percent increase in the supply rate charged by ComEd. In addition to fighting nearly $1 billion in rate hikes, CUB for years has pushed…...

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Tips for an energy-efficient kitchen

Now that the weather is getting a little cooler, it’s tempting to turn the oven on, throw in a casserole, and warm the kettle for some evening tea.  But all that kitchen work can crank up your electricity usage. Follow these tips to cook up a storm–without burning up the bills: Buy only Energy…...

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AG, CUB announce $46 million in refunds for ComEd customers

Good news today, for ComEd customers! Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office and CUB have secured $46.2 million in refunds for consumers, after ComEd agreed to a settlement. The refund is connected to legal disputes that go as far back as a ComEd rate-hike request in 2007. The refunds will…...

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Good news! IL consumer savings up to $20 billion!

For years, CUB has claimed that it helped save consumers more than $10 billion by blocking rate hikes and securing refunds. Well, we were wrong. The more accurate figure is $20 billion. To commemorate CUB’s 30th anniversary, the watchdog updated the savings numbers and found, in fact, that the total…...

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Dolton’s high electricity rates, and 3 questions you should ask about your own town’s power deal

Dolton residents have been paying the highest electric rates in Illinois the last few months, thanks to the community’s “municipal aggregation” deal. Aggregation–when local leaders negotiate power prices with alternative suppliers on behalf of a community’s residents–was once a sure bet. Some communities secured a price that was nearly 50…...

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Check out Illinoisans showing off their #CUBLove

We’ve gotten some outstanding entries so far in our “I Love CUB” 30th Anniversary Photo Contest.  Check these out: There’s still time for you to show off what makes your hometown special.  Is it Memorial Stadium in Champaign?  The Bean in Chicago?  The…giant statue of Popeye in Chester?  We want to see it–…...

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Leading the nation: CUB, EDF push for a smarter, cleaner power grid in Illinois

Part of CUB’s watchdog role is making sure Illinois’ two biggest utilities do the “smart grid” right. That’s why CUB and the Environmental Defense Fund have just made a major proposal before state regulators to make sure $3 billion in historic upgrades to the power grid work for consumers. CUB…...

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