Citizens Utility Board http://northernpublicradio.org en Water Outsourcing Bill On Governor's Desk http://northernpublicradio.org/post/water-outsourcing-bill-governors-desk <p></p><p></p><p>Public water outsourcing could change dramatically under a <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1379&amp;GAID=12&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;SessionID=85&amp;GA=98">bill sitting before Illinois' governor</a>. The measure has produced many critics, who say it would harm consumers. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:41:27 +0000 Mike Moen 33407 at http://northernpublicradio.org Water Outsourcing Bill On Governor's Desk "Honeymoon" Ending For Alternative Energy Suppliers http://northernpublicradio.org/post/honeymoon-ending-alternative-energy-suppliers <p>In the past couple years, Illinois communities and households have been leaving behind Com Ed. The <a href="http://www.citizensutilityboard.org/" target="_blank">Citizens Utility Board</a>, or CUB, says last year Illinois led the nation with a 562 percent increase in switching to alternative suppliers, selling cheaper electricity. But CUB's Jim Chilsen say this summer ComEd and Ameren will be freed from long-term contracts that kept their prices higher.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:54:18 +0000 WNIJ 25683 at http://northernpublicradio.org "Honeymoon" Ending For Alternative Energy Suppliers Watchdog says savings from electricity aggregation could be short-lived http://northernpublicradio.org/post/watchdog-says-savings-electricity-aggregation-could-be-short-lived <p>Many northern Illinois communities are rolling out their electricity aggregation programs. The process allows cities to seek cheaper utility rates for residents and businesses. But a watchdog says consumers she be aware of certain factors before signing up. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 11:20:20 +0000 Mike Moen 15947 at http://northernpublicradio.org Watchdog says savings from electricity aggregation could be short-lived