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Serving consumers in a crisis: New CUB service helps Glen Ellyn resident cut costs

As the world adapts to Coronavirus, so does CUB. We recently launched a service—virtual utility bill clinics—to replace our popular in-person events until the public health crisis ends. Our first virtual bill inquiry came from Alma, a consumer with alternative supplier Constellation Energy. She emailed copies of her electric and…...

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COVID-19 crisis: How agencies that distribute energy assistance are impacted

Agencies that distribute Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds to help people afford their utility bills have been affected by COVID-19. The chart below gives a summary of those agencies. UPDATE for all utility customers: If you have a question about assistance programs to help you pay your…...

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COVID-19 crisis: 5 phone numbers utility customers should know

In a crisis like this, communication is key. All utility customers should keep these numbers handy. No. 1: Utility hotlines ComEd: Residential: 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661)  Spanish: 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237)  Business: 1-877-4-COMED-1 (1-877-426-6331) Emergencies: 1-800-334-7661 Payment arrangements and credit issues; 1-800-334-7661 Ameren: Residential: 1-800-755-5000 Business: 1-800-232-2477 Nicor:  Emergencies, or to speak to someone about your account or billing information: is…...

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Struggling to pay your bills? These resources can help

With uncertain times come uncertain finances. Due to the public health emergency, you may have been laid off, your hours may have been cut, or you may have accrued unexpected medical expenses. Whatever the reason, paying your utility bills shouldn’t cause additional financial stress. These programs may be able to…...

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Are you being overcharged? Send us your bills

The last thing anybody needs in the middle of this crisis is to pay high utility bills. That’s why we’re continuing to analyze bills for Illinois consumers. “I’m afraid they may be overcharging me,” said one consumer who emailed her gas and electric bills to us. She was right: An…...

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Overpaying by $4.4 billion? New report shows why we need electricity market reforms

We’re paying $4.4 billion more for electricity than we need to be. According to a new report, consumers all over the U.S.—including northern Illinois—are overpaying for a “capacity” charge that’s hidden on most electric bills. This is a major reason why CUB is fighting for the electricity-market reform provisions in…...

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CUB’s guide: Telecom/internet/cable/utility services during the COVID-19 public health emergency

CUB has compiled a list of benefits utilities and telecom/internet/cable providers are offering customers during the COVID-19 crisis. Details on the response of telecom/internet/cable providers are immediately below. Scroll down to see the second chart outlining the response of electric, gas and water utilities. CUB is reviewing this list on…...

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Statement by CUB Executive Director David Kolata on ICC Consumer Protection Measures Amid COVID-19 Crisis

We thank state regulators for their pro-consumer actions today. These are uncertain times, and the last thing consumers need is to have their utility service interrupted, or to have their health threatened by alternative supplier sales representatives knocking on their doors. As this public health crisis unfolds, we need to…...

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CUB, consumer advocates fight to end reckless spending by gas utilities

Fed up with reckless spending by Peoples Gas, ratepayers, consumer advocates, and Chicago City Councilmembers are pressing the natural gas utility for answers about a growing heating affordability crisis in the City. “We have a responsibility to our constituents. We owe nothing to Peoples Gas,” said Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th),…...

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