In the past couple years, Illinois communities and households have been leaving behind Com Ed. The Citizens Utility Board, 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.
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.