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CUB to FERC: What’s behind the January energy price spike?

Energy prices skyrocketed in January, and CUB suspects the reason might be more than just the record-breaking cold. Recently, we joined with consumer advocates from 10 other states in a letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to examine the root causes behind the price spike. “No doubt, January’s ‘polar…...

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The $42.5 billion Time Warner deal: Can Comcast pass the FCC test?

As Comcast today announced plans to gobble up Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion, one of its favorite talking points was that the deal won’t hurt competition because the companies’ geographic markets don’t overlap. OK, but that’s indicative of the big problem. The cable/Internet market already is plagued by consolidation…...

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Hands Off My Internet!

Net neutrality—the principal that protects our right to a free and open Internet—could go the way of the dinosaur, thanks to a recent court decision. We need your help to fix it, before the Internet is open to the highest bidder! Net neutrality means that Internet Service Providers like AT&T, Comcast…...

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The ups and downs of Ameren rates, 2014

Ameren customers received a $45 million electric rate cut, as they were hit with a $32 million natural gas rate hike. So how does that affect 2014 bills? Both changes—ordered by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) late last year—impact the delivery part of our bills. That’s what you pay Ameren…...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Your New Electric Meter

ComEd is launching $2.6 billion in upgrades to the power grid over the next decade, and that includes installing new “digital” electric meters, also called “smart meters,” at every home in its territory.  Here’s what you need to know: No. 1: What is a smart meter?  The technology behind our…...

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Take CUB’s Survey: Have you received a utility energy report?

Imagine this: You get a letter from your electric or gas utility that has colorful bar graphs and says something like this, “You used 21% more natural gas than your neighbors. That cost you about $102 extra.” Or maybe, your electricity/gas usage compares favorably to your neighbors and your  energy…...

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Here’s to Another 30 Years of Serving You

We have been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of support we have received from our followers on Facebook during CUB’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. Here are a few highlights from our fans: “You do such a good job in helping the public” – Gerri P. “So glad CUB is out there…...

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30 Prizes for 30 Years

Join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary here at CUB! We’re giving away 30 prizes for 30 years of serving you—helping you save big on your bills, updating you on the latest news, and fighting for your rights against the utility companies. We’re picking 10 winners for each of the…...

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Polar vortex price spike? Read all about it!

At about the same time the “polar vortex” slammed Illinois with record cold this month—it also generated some heat from consumers who complained to CUB about an unheard of spike in electricity prices. That’s right, electricity prices. About eight out of 10 Illinois homes heat with natural gas—so what business…...

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Just when we thought we were out of the woods, another record-breaking arctic blast has taken the country hostage. We know many of you are dreading your impending utility bills, so before it’s too late, find out how to cut costs and avoid the polar vortex punch. First, join CUB…...

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