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It’s time to take the power back: Pass CEJA NOW!

More than 700 consumer and environmental advocates converged on Springfield this week to push for the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), encouraged by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s pledge to pass legislation that puts “consumers and climate first.”  “I’m not going to sign an energy bill written by the utility companies,” the…...

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$500 refund! CUB helps save man from “awful nightmare” with alternative supplier

A Genoa resident received a $500 refund after being overcharged for months by an alternative electric and gas supplier, thanks to CUB’s Bilingual Consumer Rights Specialist Annie Warnock. When Gayle filed a complaint with Residents Energy, he was paying 15.53 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity — more than double…...

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Federal ruling “direct attack” on Illinois, CUB’s leader testifies

A federal regulatory ruling that threatens to raise electric bills by up to $864 million a year “punishes Illinois for our successful clean energy policies” and is a “direct attack” on the state’s authority to protect its residents, CUB Executive Director David Kolata told a legislative committee today. The recent…...

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Hot off the presses: CUB’s newly update Guide to Fighting Robocalls

Can you believe fraudulent robocalls rob people of about $9.5 billion a year? Disgusting! We’re always on the front lines protecting consumers from higher bills—so please consider ordering our FREE and newly updated Guide to Fighting Robocalls. ...

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CUB takes on unnecessary charges, water privatization, modem rental fees

By Bryan McDaniel, Director of Governmental Affairs Construction season has not yet begun, so the drive to Springfield is a smooth (dare I say almost enjoyable) ride during these first couple weeks of the Illinois General Assembly’s session. Before I jinx it by talking too much about it, let me…...

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Sources for CUB’s Guide to Fighting Robocalls

You can order CUB’s Guide to Fighting Robocalls here. Below is a list of the sources the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) researched to write the guide:  “7 ways to finally end robocalls.” The Kim Komando Show. 25 Jan, 2019. https://www.komando.com/columns/458656/7-ways-to-finally-end-robocalls. “Android Robocall Blocking.” CTIA – What is a Small Cell?…...

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Don’t let the big water companies silence you

This time of year, CUB’s at the State Capitol—and today we need your help to take on the big water companies. We hear a lot of complaints about high rates from Aqua and Illinois American, the state’s two biggest private water corporations. Unfortunately, Illinois law permits them to buy any…...

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CUB study finds big savings for EV drivers with special Ameren pricing plan

A new study by CUB found that electric vehicle drivers in Central and Southern Illinois could potentially save hundreds of dollars a year in charging costs if they participate in an Ameren Illinois program called Power Smart Pricing. “Charge for Less: An Analysis of Electricity Pricing for Electric Vehicles in…...

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Memes, graphic novellas, Instagram, oh my! — Northwestern students help CUB rethink its educational tools 

Who knew that memes, social media and graphic novellas could be used to break down and simplify utility concepts like capacity markets and legislation like the Clean Energy Jobs Act? Thanks to a partnership with PhD and Masters students in the “Introduction to Design in Learning Sciences” course at Northwestern…...

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Nexamp and Clearway: Two new community solar offers available to Illinois consumers

A couple of months ago, we gave you the facts on a community solar offer from Arcadia Power that had been generating a lot of questions from consumers who received mailers. In this article, we’ll break down the terms and conditions of two other community solar offers advertised by Nexamp…...

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