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CUB, other advocates race against clock: General Assembly tries one more time to pass strong clean energy bill

UPDATE:  Early this morning, the Illinois Senate passed comprehensive clean energy legislation (Senate Bill 18) and sent it to the state House of Representatives. (The vote was 39-16-2.) That came after days of negotiations and two hearings by the Senate Committee on Energy and Public Utilities. While there is broad agreement…...

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New crisis program to provide water bill assistance

Help is on the way for thousands of Illinois households struggling with their water and wastewater bills during the pandemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) as a two-year crisis program providing benefits for water customers in need…...

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Ameren takes a step toward smart EV charging—how will it work?

By Sarah Moskowitz, CUB deputy director I don’t often find myself excited about something utilities do,  but Ameren Illinois  surprised me awhile back when they submitted a tariff offering a special electric rate to electric vehicle (EV) owners who charge their cars at home.  The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved…...

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CUB analysis: Community power deal could offer slight savings

As of July 31, 359 of 553 total active municipal aggregation deals in Illinois offer a price lower than the utility — ComEd or Ameren Illinois — according to CUB’s analysis of the Illinois Commerce Commission’s data on community power deals. Compared to last year, this is good news for…...

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Update: What’s going on with net neutrality?

President Joe Biden this summer signed an executive order restoring several internet consumer protections (a.k.a. “net neutrality” provisions) that were overturned by the Trump administration. But the order awaits a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is still missing a fifth commissioner after Ajit Pai stepped down in…...

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Landmark climate report underscores urgency for action in Springfield, Washington

Dangerous weather due to climate change is inescapable in years to come, and the world will only be able to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming if it immediately begins to move away from burning fossil fuels, according to an unprecedented scientific analysis that proves the importance of Springfield…...

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Bipartisan infrastructure bill would see funds for electric grid, internet, EVs

On Tuesday this week, the Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill that takes aim at the nation’s failing infrastructure. The plan includes funding for roads and bridges, broadband infrastructure and access, electric vehicle charging stations and research, and aged water systems. “Today the…...

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Power outage tips

As we write this, thousands of people are still without power from storms last night, and thunder is rumbling overhead. Some helpful resources in case the lights go out: Where can I get information about outages?   Here’s the outage map from Ameren Illinois and here’s ComEd’s map. For easy access to information about…...

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Download a free CUB window sign and tell marketers “no thanks”

With the possible return of door-to-door marketing on the horizon, we’ve put together a free window sign for consumers to give a message to unwanted visitors.  Download our “No Solicitors” window sign, print it out at home, and place it in your window. It’s that easy!  Remember: you don’t have…...

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