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CUB secures $411 refund for Chicago consumer with mixed meter issue

If you’ve ever called CUB, there’s a good chance you’ve spoken to Jantay Gray, one of the outstanding advocates who staff our Consumer Hotline (1-800-669-5556). Earlier this year, Jantay secured a $411 refund for Nicoletta, a Chicago consumer who submitted a complaint about a ComEd billing issue. “Last year, I…...

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CUB research: Climate change could raise electric bills by $10.9 billion

Climate change will cause ComEd customers to pay an additional $10.9 billion on their electric bills over the next 30 years, a CUB study shows. The research proves a point that CUB has long made–that climate change is bad for consumers’ bottom lines–and it underscores the importance of Illinois passing…...

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CUB’s to-do list: $414 million in rate-hike battles

With new ComEd and Ameren Illinois rate-hike requests on the table, CUB’s legal team is now challenging $414.1 million in higher rates before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). (Send a message urging the ICC to say NO to the electric rate hikes!) Here’s a summary of all our battles: ICC…...

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BREAKING: Clean Energy Jobs Act advances out of House committee

The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) took an important step forward Monday, as members of the Illinois House Energy & Environment Committee voted it out of committee. CEJA now moves to the full Illinois House of Representatives for debate and a potential vote on the floor. In addition, a subject…...

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Amid pandemic and ComEd corruption scandal, community advocates launch push for Clean Energy Jobs Act

Legislative leaders along with a coalition of consumer and community advocates, including CUB, on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of the Clean Energy Jobs Act  (CEJA), aiming to pass Springfield’s most consumer-friendly energy bill by the end of May. Join the Fight for CEJA! Saying Illinois faces an economic and public…...

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ComEd and Ameren customers: Your new electric rates for 2021

Ameren and ComEd have new electric delivery and supply rates as of Jan. 1. CUB breaks it down. Delivery Rates What are delivery rates?  Electric bills have two parts: delivery and supply. All of us pay delivery rates to cover the utilities’ costs of sending electricity over their wires to…...

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New Power Prices for Ameren, ComEd Customers

As of October 1, ComEd and Ameren are updating their electricity supply prices to reflect non-summer pricing. According to the companies, these are the new Ameren and ComEd prices through May 2021: Ameren (for people living in Ameren’s geographic service territory) Usage of 0 to 800 kilowatt-hours (kWh): 4.542 cents per kWh*…...

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Memo from Julie Soderna, CUB General Counsel

To: CUB members, as requested by CUB Executive Director David Kolata While the pandemic has caused a slow-down in the economy, Regulatory Counsel Eric DeBellis and I have been busier than ever — in fact, our caseload right now stands at 13. These are stressful times, but I know that…...

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CUB review: Many community power deals no longer money savers

There was a time when municipal aggregation–electricity deals that local leaders negotiate for residents of a community–secured savings for consumers, but a new CUB review has found that most deals are no longer beating the utility rate. As of July 31, just 78 of the 555 total active municipal aggregation deals in…...

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Demand response: a win for you, the environment, and the grid

Demand response programs are opportunities for consumers to take an active role in lowering their electric bills, reducing stress on the electric grid, and cutting pollution. Sounds like a good deal. But what are “demand response” programs? At their core, all demand response programs incentivize consumers to shift their electricity…...

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