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Do you know about these Illinois solar programs?

Thanks to strong state (Climate and Equitable Jobs Act) and federal (Inflation Reduction Act) incentives, the money-saving benefits of solar power have never been more accessible to so many people in Illinois. #1 Want to install panels? Consider the Solar Switch group-buy program CUB and the nonprofit Midwest Renewable Energy…...

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Boil order for Aqua customers another example of private water problems

About 1,200 Aqua Illinois customers in Lake County spent about a week under shoddy water service and a boil order. It’s the latest concern connected to private water companies, as they blow through hundreds of millions of dollars of their customers’ money to buy up water systems in cities and…...

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What you need to know about alternative electricity suppliers

During the summer months when electricity bills are on the rise, many consumers wonder if they should switch to an alternative supplier to cut down on their bills. But beware, these enticing offers are usually not as good as they seem.  Illinois electric customers have lost more than $1 billion…...

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CUB’s money-saving events in July

Below you will find several CUB events this month that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom line. We hope to see you! 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 5: Grow Geo Power Hour Want to learn about geothermal heat pumps–a cheaper, cleaner way to…...

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Check out July gas prices–more head-scratching at CUB

Illinois utilities have filed their July gas prices with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and they’re fairly consistent with what we saw in June. One big exception: Consumers Gas has its prices rising 185 percent in just one month.  As we reported in June, the volatility of the gas market often…...

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Follow CUB on our social media platforms

One great way you can give the CUB team support is to follow us on our social media platforms, and help spread the good word about clean, affordable energy. Like CUB’s page on Facebook for updates on what CUB is doing, event reminders, available resources and recent news articles about…...

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The time is now for electric cooperatives to empower rural Illinois communities

Co-Authors: Amanda Pankau, Prairie Rivers Network, Christine Nannicelli, Sierra Club Illinois, and Scott Allen, Citizens Utility Board The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has dramatically transformed the energy landscape for publicly owned electric cooperatives and municipal utilities across the country, offering game-changing access to clean energy tax credits…...

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Regulators say NO to Peoples, Nicor Gas

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has ordered a $15.4 million refund for Peoples Gas customers and most recently a refund of more than $31 million for Nicor Gas customers, two votes that may signal a tougher stance towards utilities whose rampant spending has helped spark a heating-affordability crisis in Illinois.…...

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Making A Difference: She said “no one at the utility company was listening”— but CUB did

CUB has helped save Illinois consumers more than $20 billion over the last four decades, but sometimes the most important consumer victory is just listening. Take Eleanor’s case. For two years, her October and November bills were around $285 and Nicor kept saying that’s what the meter read. They even…...

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CUB Q&A with new Executive Director Sarah Moskowitz

After more than two decades of consumer advocacy work at CUB, Sarah Moskowitz has been named executive director of the utility watchdog group. Read our Q&A with Sarah.  Q: As you become executive director, what’s your vision for CUB? A: I want to continue the legacy of fighting for consumers…...

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