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$10.3B renewable energy transmission project long-term response to capacity shortage

The power grid operator for Central and Southern Illinois has approved a $10.3 billion transmission line project that in the long term will bring more clean energy to the region and help prevent problems that have slammed electric customers with skyrocketing power bills this summer. The project, approved by the…...

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CUB explainer: What are Capacity Markets?

As we hold community events across the state of Illinois, people are often surprised to hear that our electric bills cover not only the power we use but the power we could use. That’s capacity.  And the cost of capacity–for most customers it’s hidden in the supply charge we pay–has…...

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CUB fights for consumers before the world’s largest power grid operator

For years CUB has been advocating for consumers at the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and at the State Capitol, and now it’s taking the fight for clean and affordable energy to the world’s largest power grid operator. As a regional transmission organization (RTO), PJM Interconnection coordinates the movement of wholesale…...

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CUB Q&A: FERC ruling takes Illinois a step closer to paying higher bills to support dirty energy

A new ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) brings Illinois one step closer to funding a fossil fuel bailout. And that increases the urgency to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), sweeping legislation that would protect consumers’ power bills while moving the state toward 100 percent renewable…...

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The clock is ticking: pass CEJA and save our power bills

When the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 2-1 in favor of a proposal pushed by out-of-state power generators, the clock started ticking.  The commission’s December 2019 decision overhauls the rules that govern the price we pay for electricity — it would ultimately prop up fossil fuel companies and force consumers…...

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Special message: Your next rate hike

An issue we’ve been talking about for more than a year is about to erupt into one of the biggest battles we’ve ever had to protect our electric bills—and we wanted to warn you about it. Here’s the summary: At the end of this month, Cheryl LaFleur is retiring from…...

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At the Supreme Court: A victory for clean energy

This month, Illinois consumers got good news: The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request to review appellate court decisions that upheld the right for states to advance clean energy goals through “zero-emission credit” (ZEC) programs in Illinois and New York. On Twitter, CUB called it an “important victory for cost-effective…...

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