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Illinois ratepayers “held hostage” by private water companies

Last week, one of our longtime members mailed us a note. “PLEASE HELP,” it read. “Stop Illinois American Water from taking over our water supply.” The Homer Glen resident wrote that Illinois American is “robbing” the locals. “I pay more for water than I do for gas and electric combined.”…...

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Chicago City Council supports CEJA, “puts us on the right path” to a clean energy future

In a boost to the fight for clean, affordable energy, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed a resolution today supporting the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA).  CEJA puts Illinois “on the right path” to a clean energy future, said Ald. George Cardenas, as he introduced the resolution. Cardenas is chairman…...

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Your questions, answered: Chicago’s new Utility Bill Relief Program

Last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the details of her new Utility Bill Relief Program. Taking aim at the burden of overdue water bills on low-income residents, the new policy would provide qualified Chicago residents with a 50 percent discounted rate for water, sewer, and water-sewer tax bills —…...

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Consumer advocates, Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison host free clinics on cutting utility costs and energy efficiency programs

CUB is hosting two free utility bill clinics to help Hoffman Estates and Streamwood residents potentially save hundreds of dollars a year on their utility bills. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their gas, electric and phone bills for free, one-on-one consultations with CUB’s experts. CUB’s utility bill clinics,…...

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Home Heating quiz winner no stranger to energy efficiency 

Congrats to Joel of Evanston! He was randomly selected to win a free CUB energy efficiency kit out of more than 1,000 people who took CUB’s Home Heating Quiz. Joel has won two LED light bulbs, a Kill A Watt electricity-usage monitor, a smart power strip, and an insulated CUB…...

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Solarize Chicagoland surpasses summer goals, will install 135 solar arrays

The Solarize Chicagoland program surpassed its goals this summer, achieving commitments to install nearly 1,000 kilowatts (kW) of solar on 135 properties in the Chicago area. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) launched this solar group-buy program in April, and the program’s participation deadline was…...

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November Illinois natural gas prices down from 2018

In a bit of good news for consumers, heating gas prices for November are down from last year across the board. The Purchased Gas Adjustment, or PGA, is the price per therm you will pay for your natural gas in the month of November. The chart below shows PGAs from…...

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CUB’s 2019 Year in Review: ‘These victories are your victories.’

In CUB’s 35th year fighting for consumers, the watchdog set a new record for staffing money-saving events across Illinois, marked a historic legislative victory against energy rip-offs, and worked on cases that have the potential to secure more than $90 million in refunds, rate cuts and other consumer benefits. CUB…...

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The facts on Arcadia Power’s community solar offer

Did you receive a mailing from Arcadia Power, touting community solar?  Have you seen Arcadia’s advertisements online? One thing you should know: At this time, Arcadia’s offer is not a community solar offer. Consumers from across Illinois are asking CUB lots of questions about Arcadia’s offer.  We’ll try to break…...

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Natural gas bills predicted to drop–unless you live in the Midwest

Midwesterners who use natural gas to heat their homes could see their bills go up slightly this winter season, even as the nationwide average drops, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).  The EIA, the statistical arm of the Department of Energy, predicts that average gas bills in the Midwest…...

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