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Q&A: Updates to the Carbon-free Resource Adjustment

CUB has been getting calls about a line-item on ComEd bills called the Carbon-Free Resource Adjustment, or CFRA.  Over its first year on ComEd bills, the CFRA delivered a total of about $2.4 billion in credits to consumers.  But this summer the CFRA became a charge. Here’s some background. What…...

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Good news: Illinois’ Electric Vehicle Rebate Program to open Nov. 1

Update as of 11/14/23: The Illinois EPA announced yesterday the number of applications they received so far is more than the available funds for this year. They are still accepting applications, though applicants who qualify as “Low-Income” will be prioritized for rebates. The third Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate cycle will…...

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Alert: Having trouble with your energy bills? LIHEAP reopens Oct. 2 

As we head into the winter heating season, CUB urges eligible consumers to apply for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. The application process reopens. Oct. 2. Here’s the schedule for this fall: Oct. 2: LIHEAP begins taking applications for seniors (age 60 or older), people with disabilities…...

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Update on record-breaking rate hikes in 2023

By Eric DeBellis CUB General Counsel  Regulatory Counsel Laura Loyd and I are dealing with a record six rate cases, totaling a whopping $2.9 billion.  Where do the rate cases stand? Over the past year, CUB has filed expert testimony uncovering the utilities’ attempts to get state regulators to approve…...

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CUB’s money-saving events in September

As we approach the winter heating season, CUB is here to help you get ready to save on your utility bills. Below are several events in September that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom line. We hope to see you! 10:00 a.m. – 1:00…...

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It’s time to consider your Fall gas efficiency upgrades: September 2023 gas prices

As we approach winter heating season, gas prices for September remain relatively stable, in contrast to the price spikes of a year ago.   There is one glaring exception: an 80 percent jump in price from August for Mt. Carmel, a public utility in southeastern Illinois, to 47.49 cents per therm.…...

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Tips for fighting high summer electric bills in this heat wave

Temperatures are rising as a heat wave sets in for Illinois, one of the increasingly common results of climate change. A CUB study found climate change will cause ComEd customers to pay an additional $10.9 billion on their electric bills over the next 30 years. You might be fretting about…...

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CUB Thanks Gov. Pritzker for Protecting Customers, Vetoing Expensive Ameren ‘Right of First Refusal’ Provision

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) on Wednesday thanked Gov. J.B. Pritzker for protecting Illinois consumers and issuing an amendatory veto on Ameren’s controversial “Right of First Refusal” legislation that the watchdog said would have needlessly raised costs for electric customers. An amendment to House Bill 3445 would have given Ameren…...

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Years of Failure: With record-breaking rate hike pending, Peoples Gas pipe-replacement program once again over-budget, behind schedule

As Peoples Gas pulls in record profits and pushes for an unprecedented rate hike, the Chicago gas utility’s pipe-replacement program failed to hit its goals for the 22nd consecutive quarter, according to a report it submitted to state regulators this week. The program also ended the quarter over-budget, as it’s…...

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Should customers fund ComEd’s “marketing charm offensive”?

Crain’s Chicago Business recently wrote how ComEd wants customers to help pay for the utility’s “marketing charm offensive” in the wake of its corruption scandal.   In a proceeding  before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), Attorney General Kwame Raoul is urging state regulators to make ComEd, and not its customers, pay…...

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