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Up and down: February gas prices down from last year, but up from last month

Gas utilities are charging prices in the new year that are an average of 24 percent lower than last February, but month-to-month instability is still rampant.  Gas utilities file supply prices–called the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA)–each month with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).  Compared with last month, the prices are…...

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What you need to know about January 2024 gas prices in Illinois

Most gas companies are charging prices in the new year that are an average of 46 percent lower than last January, but month-to-month prices still show signs of the gas market’s instability.  Gas utilities file supply prices–called the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA)–each month with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).  Below…...

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CUB Update: Illinois Commerce Commission announces new, expedited schedule for rate-hike decisions

Update: The final order on Nicor’s request for a $320 million rate hike has been delayed due to a late motion by some parties (not CUB) in the case. It’s likely the Nicor order will be moved to Nov. 16, with the other decisions in the gas cases (Peoples/North Shore…...

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November gas prices way down from last year (with hints of market volatility)

November gas prices continue the trend of being significantly lower than last winter–by a range of 25 to 66 percent. But once again there are some examples of the roller-coaster volatility of the gas market. Gas utilities file supply prices–called the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA)–each month with the Illinois Commerce…...

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October gas prices way down from last year–hoping for no prices spikes in the near future

As Illinois enters the first month of the winter heating season, October gas prices continue the trend of being significantly lower than the last two years, with some glaring examples of the volatility that makes consumers so uneasy.    Gas utilities file supply prices–called the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA)–each month with…...

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It’s time to consider your Fall gas efficiency upgrades: September 2023 gas prices

As we approach winter heating season, gas prices for September remain relatively stable, in contrast to the price spikes of a year ago.   There is one glaring exception: an 80 percent jump in price from August for Mt. Carmel, a public utility in southeastern Illinois, to 47.49 cents per therm.…...

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CUB asks Illinois consumers to support the Ethics in Energy Act

It’s bad enough that utilities join industry and trade groups that push bad, anti-consumer policy. But it’s even worse that consumers actually foot the bill for those activities.   That’s right, our monthly gas and electric bills help cover the utilities’ membership dues to groups that actively work against our interests. …...

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August gas prices are relatively low, but it’s always a good time to prepare for winter

Illinois utilities have filed their August gas prices with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and they’re fairly consistent with what we saw in July.  Seven utilities reported a slight increase from last month, at most roughly a 22% increase in price for Consumers Gas. We’re relieved that the supply rates…...

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Join the fight against $2.9 billion in rate hikes

By Eric DeBellis CUB General Counsel As you know, Laura Loyd and I (CUB’s legal team) are fighting a record six rate cases in 2023, and I just wanted to give you an update as to where we’re at in those battles. What’s left to do in these cases?  Now…...

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June gas prices are here, and we’re left scratching our heads

Illinois utilities have filed their June gas prices with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and all look in line with May’s prices except for one whopping difference from Liberty Utilities. The price from that utility shot up from about 69 cents a therm to nearly 95 cents a therm. But…...

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