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Tell Gov. Pritzker what Washington did

Why our fight just got more urgent: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this summer officially rolled back power-plant regulations designed to make our electricity cleaner and more affordable. As Washington does everything it can to prop up failing, expensive and dirty coal-fired power plants, it’s vital that Illinois become a…...

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Summertime with CUB: July 2019 events

Summer is here and you may already be feeling the heat…of your utility bills. CUB’s Outreach team is on track to staff at least 500 events this year as part of our 35th Anniversary Clean Bill Campaign. At any of our utility bill clinics, tabling events and speaking presentations, CUB…...

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Summer Do’s and Don’ts from CUB

In 2019, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is celebrating 35 years of serving as Illinois’ premier nonprofit watchdog for utility customers. We’ve helped save Illinoisans more than $20 billion over the years.  In honor of our anniversary, here are some of CUB’s summer Dos and Don’ts. DON’T…fall for electric rip-offs. ComEd’s…...

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Breaking: Electricity rip-offs more likely this summer

96-year-old Elizabeth Davis gets ripped off every time she turns on the lights. She and other customers of alternative electric suppliers have overpaid by $600 million in recent years, according to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. That’s why I want to share this important news: State legislators just passed some of…...

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Tell your rep: Hang up on robocallers

Good news! A bill to fight robocalls has just passed the U.S. Senate 97-1. The TRACED Act would require phone companies to adopt technology to stop “spoofed” robocalls (when scammers use your area code or prefix to try to trick you into thinking somebody local is calling). It also would…...

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Hot weather tips from CUB

During steamy summer days, NEVER keep your home too hot because you’re worried about the electric bill. Remember, energy efficiency has cut Illinois utility bills by $4 billion since 2008. There are ways to stay cool and safe without breaking the bank. Be safe. If you’re at home, using a…...

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Scam alert: Who’s at your door?

Warning: Both ComEd and Ameren say they’ve seen an increase in reports of scammers posing as the utility companies to try to bilk customers out of their hard-earned money. One TV station reported on these scams just this month. “Scammers are using increasingly advanced tactics and they are very convincing,”…...

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The HEAT Act: One of the nation’s toughest consumer protection laws against gas and electric rip-offs

In a victory for consumers, the Illinois General Assembly has unanimously passed one of the nation’s toughest consumer protection laws to fight rip-offs peddled by alternative electric and gas suppliers. At the end of May, the Illinois General Assembly unanimously passed the Home Energy Affordability and Transparency (HEAT) Act. CUB…...

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Breaking: Lower summer power prices

New power prices for June 1-Sept. 30 ComEd and Ameren both are charging new prices for electricity this summer. Good News: Both of these rates are lower than last summer’s prices! ComEd: 6.725 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) Ameren: 4.561 cents per kWh Bad News: Knowing they’ll have a hard time…...

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Good news on a Friday night: General Assembly passes historic consumer protections

Just wanted to share this statement from CUB Executive Director David Kolata on a major victory for consumers at the General Assembly tonight: STATEMENT FROM CUB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAVID KOLATA ON PASSAGE OF HEAT ACT The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) thanks the General Assembly for passing the HEAT Act, historic…...

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