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2022 End-of-year Report from CUB Executive Director David Kolata

By David Kolata CUB Executive Director This has been a tough year, with skyrocketing energy bills, thanks to volatile natural gas prices and aggressive utility spending. The CUB team needed Illinois consumers in 2022, and you came through for us. Thank you! Please know that our goal every year is…...

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Consumer alert: CUB releases tips on surviving expensive winter

With consumers facing higher heating bills this winter due to skyrocketing natural gas prices and aggressive utility spending, CUB released tips to help consumers get through an expensive winter. The watchdog has set up a special online resource, CUBHelpCenter.com, which explains why gas bills are high and offers safety and…...

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Considering community solar? Follow these shopping tips

Community solar is an exciting program for Illinois consumers who are interested in enjoying the financial benefits of going solar without having to install panels. But you have to do your homework to make the best choice for your home.  As fossil fuel prices continue to rise, solar energy can…...

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Making A Difference: Chicago Symphony bassist helps CUB talk up solar power

It was a hot summer day, and Mark Kraemer was promoting Illinois’ community solar program at a farmers market. “Would you be interested in seeing more clean and renewable energy in Illinois?” asked the friendly, soft-spoken CUB volunteer. “No thank you,” said some, hurrying past. One waved her hand and shook her…...

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Illinois has lowest average power bills in Midwest for 10th straight year

For the tenth consecutive year, Illinois had the lowest average electricity bills in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Illinois, which at one point had the highest bills in the Midwest, has now had the lowest since 2012. The EIA, the statistical arm of the Department of…...

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November’s free, money-saving CUB events

The chilly, wet days of November are officially upon us, but luckily CUB has a number of events to help you stay warm while saving money. Below is a roundup of free events taking place throughout the state over the month. We hope to see you at one.  4:00 –…...

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Natural gas prices ease in November, but they’re still REALLY high

Good news: For the first time in months, we’re seeing a decrease in natural gas prices. Bad news: November’s supply prices–while lower than October–are higher than they were for most utilities in 2021, and they’re about about double to quadruple what they were two years ago, according to filings with…...

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Report: Peoples Gas’ pipeline replacement project needs billions more from consumers

The Illinois Attorney General’s office, the City of Chicago and CUB call for the end of a damaging gas surcharge in a new Crain’s Chicago Business analysis that finds the troubled Peoples Gas pipeline-replacement program the surcharge helps fund “appears all but certain to exceed” its latest cost estimate by…...

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Joint statement from the IL Attorney General’s Office, the City of Chicago and CUB on the Peoples Gas System Modernization Plan

This is a joint statement from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the City of Chicago and CUB for a Crain’s Chicago Business report that showed the Peoples Gas pipeline-replacement program is on track to be billions of dollars over-budget and years behind schedule. Together, we have spent years pushing the Illinois Commerce…...

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City of Chicago announces new building electrification plan

Chicago recently announced its building electrification plan to reduce emissions in the nation’s third-largest city, where nearly 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings.  The report recommends moving to electric heat of buildings over the next 20 years. First, it would change the City’s building codes to phase…...

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