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The leader of Illinois' largest utility is appealing to lawmakers’ competitive spirits to get them on board with overhauling energy regulations.

ComEd CEO Ann Pramaggiore says many Fortune 500 companies have committed to meeting sustainable energy goals.

"No one has claimed this leadership mantle. New York is in the race. The big California cities are contenders as well. And while they have more technology than New York, their markets are no more robust. Clean energy leadership is Chicago’s for the taking,” Pramaggiore said.

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ComEd is working to change how it bills for electricity use. 

They want to charge customers based on how much energy they use when demand is high, rather than what they use overall.  A group of Chicago politicians signed on to a letter with various groups opposing the plan.  This includes the Illinois Public Interest Research Group.  PIRG President Abe Scarr says it confuses customers.

 Homefield Energy will offer around $87,000 in refunds to  5,900 customers who were overbilled.  



The Daily Chronicle reports an aggregation contract approved by the city council was supposed to lower rates by 12.9%. beginning in July.  However, the company didn’t enter the change into their system.  As a result, affected residents were billed at the old rate of 7.237 cents per kilowatt hour in July and August, rather than 6.307 cents per kilowatt hour.    

Power Outages Reported Across Northern Illinois

Jul 6, 2016

Various news outlets are reporting power outages across the state as a result of the recent severe weather.

Ameren Illinois says 1000 customers are without power in Ottawa, 29 around Marseilles, and several people in McNabb. 

-ComEd reports 45 different outages in Rockford, with 2,508 customers affected.  These include the Museum Center and Meals on Wheels, whose services have been delayed in Winnebago and Boone Counties.  Rockford's Human Services offices are also without power.  The Rockford Municipal Employees Credit Union is closed today because of the power outage.

Lower ComEd rates have some Sterling residents wondering if they should go off the city’s aggregation plan

Sterling made a three-year deal with MidAmerican Energy in 2014.  At the time, their rates were lower than other companies. reports, however, that this year, ComEd’s rates of 6.3cents per kilowatt/hour is more attractive than MidAmerican’s 7.6 cents to some residents.