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Federal stats: IL has lowest average electric bills in Midwest for 8th straight year

Recently released federal statistics show that for the eighth straight year, Illinois has the lowest average residential electric bills in the Midwest. And in 2019, we had the fourth lowest bills in the nation. The Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical arm of the Department of Energy, in October released…...

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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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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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News you can use during a power outage

Storms that ripped through Illinois this week–more than 10 confirmed tornadoes in northern Illinois, including one in Chicago–left more than 800,000 ComEd customers and about 55,000 Ameren customers without power. If you are one of the unlucky ones who may not have power until Saturday, here are  some helpful resources:…...

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11 questions I asked when signing up for community solar

By Cate York CUB Sustainable Communities Liaison Hello! My name is Cate, and I’m part of CUB’s outreach team. I spend a lot of my time talking with people about how to save money on their bills. That and googling Instant Pot recipes while binging murder podcasts. A few months…...

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ICC orders $1 million fine against alternative energy supplier

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has fined an alternative electricity supplier $1 million and ordered more than $34,000 in customer refunds for “admitted violations of state marketing and sales rules.” “This is a major victory for Illinois consumers, who have been ripped off by alternative energy suppliers far too many…...

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Capitol Report: Bill assistance, Internet access gain support, CEJA fight rages on

Although the Coronavirus pandemic has thrown some obstacles in the path of CUB’s spring legislative agenda, the fight for the Clean Energy Jobs Act continues—and we  scored a few consumer victories during the General Assembly’s special session. From May 20-23, the General Assembly met for the first time in 11…...

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Order CUB’s Guide to Home Savings (it’s free!)

The last thing you should be worrying about right now is high utility bills. That’s why CUB is bringing you a new guide to help cut your home costs and financial stress during this challenging time. Get a free, printer-friendly copy of CUB’s Guide to Home Savings emailed to you. Please…...

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Sources for CUB’s Home Savings Guide

Be sure to read other CUB resources on how to save money: CUB’s Guide to Cutting Cable TV Costs CUB’s Cellphone guide “Saving on Cellphone Service” CUB Guide to Fighting Robocalls CUB’s Gas & Electric Guide: A Handbook for residential gas and electric customers in Illinois CUBHelpCenter.com Below is a…...

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