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Peoples Gas pushing for $402 million rate hike– another fossil fuel increase!

Peoples Gas, which serves Chicago residents, was expected on Friday to file for a record $402 million rate hike–a roughly 59 percent increase in delivery rates, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Its suburban sister company, North Shore Gas, also is expected to file for an $18.5 million, or about 19…...

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Joint Statement from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the Citizens Utility Board

Today, Peoples Gas is expected to file for a $402 million rate-hike request, which represents close to a 60% increase over the rates approved by state regulators  in 2015. As part of the rate-hike filing, Peoples Gas has indicated that it is including the $207 million the utility is currently…...

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Tips for staying safe, warm and energy-efficient during Illinois winters

Illinois winters are notorious for snowfall and below freezing temperatures. Here are some tips to stay warm, safe and energy efficient. (You can find more tips and information about energy prices at CUBHelpCenter.com.)  Staying safe in low temperatures Check on neighbors and loved ones. If you or someone you know…...

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Statement from CUB Executive Director David Kolata on another record Nicor Gas rate-hike request

CUB statement on $321 million Nicor Gas rate-hike request: Nicor’s rate-hike request is a gut punch to consumers who are in their second consecutive winter of painfully high gas bills. Enough is enough. CUB will review Nicor’s excessive request and we will fight every penny the utility can’t justify. (Sign…...

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Kick off 2023 with CUB’s money-saving events in January

Happy New Year, everyone! This month, we have a jam-packed schedule of on-line and in-person events across the state to help you save money in 2023. We hope to see you at an event in the near future. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9: Going Electric: On the Road…...

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January gas prices still way up–will we see some relief in 2023?

Natural gas supply prices dropped for about half of Illinois’ major gas utilities from December to January, but the prices are still at significantly high levels for the second consecutive winter.  “We’re hoping that sometime in the new year we’ll see these price spikes ease for all customers, but the…...

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Q&A: ComEd prices are up, but landmark clean energy law delivering about $1B in monthly credits on power bills

What happened?  While ComEd’s electricity price has been elevated since June 1, the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), historic clean energy legislation that Illinois adopted last year, is paying off for ComEd customers in the form of a monthly credit estimated to average about $18-$20 on electricity bills. CUB…...

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Q&A: Electricity Price Spike in Central and Southern Illinois

What’s happening to Ameren customers?   Since June 1, 2022, the price for electricity has more than doubled for Ameren customers across Central and Southern Illinois, and that’s expected to cost customers hundreds of dollars in higher power bills over the next year. What is Ameren’s electricity price? As of Jan.…...

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Q&A: High natural gas bills in Illinois

Natural gas bills are at their highest level in years, and the two major reasons are: overly aggressive spending by gas utilities and skyrocketing supply prices. Read our Q&A to get the details. How expensive has this been for consumers?    People in Illinois who heat their homes with natural…...

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Save energy and money with these winter efficiency tips

With natural gas prices high, it’s important to be aware of ways to save energy and protect your bottom line. Here are some tips for Illinois’ rough winter:   Get rid of the clutter. Make sure heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture or carpet. Clean dust from vents…...

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