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CUB Survey: To merge or not to merge?

Comcast, the largest cable/Internet provider in the country, recently announced plans to take over Time Warner Cable, the second largest provider, for $45.2 billion–pending approval from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Opponents of the deal maintain that it could seriously compromise competition, net neutrality, and customer…...

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City inks new electric deal as customers brace for higher summer bills

After an absolutely lousy winter of high utility bills, consumers over the weekend got hit with headlines like this: “Chicago electric bills to rise up to 18% in June…” But here’s the silver lining: While electric rates are going up 14 to 18 percent under a new deal the City of…...

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We’re #1!

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently named Illinois the top state for LEED certification—the most widely recognized green building rating system—in 2013! The USGBC ranks states based on LEED-certified buildings per capita.  With 171 green building projects certified in 2013 and 29,415,284 square feet of energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly space, Illinois…...

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Ask FERC to investigate winter energy prices

What’s going on with energy prices this winter? That’s a question CUB wants answered, and we’re asking for your help.  Send a message to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to investigate the root causes behind this winter’s electric and natural gas price spikes. Power and gas prices skyrocketed in…...

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March gas rates skyrocket

Illinois natural gas users all woke up to a more expensive reality over the weekend. March gas rates for the utilities shot up, prompting CUB to call for the increases to be investigated.   Peoples Gas customers will see their rates climb to a whopping 93 cents per therm.  North Shore…...

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Not Again

Just when we thought spring was upon us, news of March natural gas rates hit—and it’s a doozy. Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, which serve the Chicago area, announced yesterday that March supply rates will soar to about 93 cents per therm and 88 cents per therm respectively.  That’s up…...

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Get ready for more cold

Temperatures are expected to drop AGAIN this week. (Anyone else reminded of the movie Groundhog Day?)  Wednesday might see lows between 0 and -10 degrees with a wind chill of -20 degrees to -30 degrees! The cold spike is expected to have some nasty consequences for your gas bill.  Nicor’s…...

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Watch out for these scams!

Imagine this: you’re sitting in your living room, enjoying an afternoon of watching Judge Judy and drinking tea, when your cellphone rings.  You pick it up only to hear a short click.  Curious, you call the unrecognized long-distance number back and are put on hold for several minutes.  Not enjoying the…...

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State of high-speed Internet in the U.S.: Maddening, isn’t it?

This chart, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), makes painfully clear what we’ve been hearing for so long: Consumers in the United States pay more for slower broadband. It sparked some strong opinions on CUB’s Facebook page. “Wow, that makes me sick,” said one CUB fan. So…...

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Gas Rates Skyrocket

The idea behind “Choices for You”—the program allowing Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas customers to choose an alternative company to supply their natural gas–is that you can shop around for the best gas price. But the history of gas choice in northern Illinois has been riddled with bad deals and…...

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