ComEd wants lawmakers to amend a 2011 rate-hike law to allow the utility to retroactively collect money for electricity already used.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The utility wants lawmakers to amend a 2011 rate-hike law to allow the utility to retroactively collect money for electricity already used.
The Illinois Senate Executive Committee unanimously approved a request by ComEd and Ameren to "clarify" a 2011 law that allowed the utilities to raise electricity rates, Illinois Public Radio reports. The clarification would allow the power companies to retroactively charge higher rates for the electricity you've already used, potentially raising up to $70 million for ComEd, according to Sun-Times Media. The 2011 law changed the formula used to determine charges. But the utilities say it didn't work as intended. They say regulators aren't letting them charge what they need. Now the companies are back, asking the legislature to pass another law, clarifying the old one. (Says) ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore: "Without it we are stalled in these…
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Citizens Utility Board is hosting a presentation tonight at the Palos Heights Public Library.
The Illinois consumer group Citizens Utility Board is putting on a presentation called “Hot Tips for a Cold Winter” tonight at the Palos Heights Public Library. An update on the electrical aggregation program for the City of Palos Heights and how it will affect customers in the future. FirstEnergy Solution, the company residents currently pay for electricity, charges 4.8 cents per kilowatt-hour through July 2014. The presentation, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is designed to offer tips for energy consumers on how to save money this winter. A free online tool, CUBenergysaver.com, will be included in the information. The site offers tips for cutting an energy bill, according to CUB. CUB is a nonprofit utility watchdog organization in Illinois. …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The Palos Heights City Council agenda for Oct. 4.
The Palos Heights City Council will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. On the agenda is a presentation by the Northern Illinois Municipal Collaborative on energy aggregation programs available to municipalities. The council will also vote tonight to instruct the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would place a referendum about the issue on the ballot in March of 2012. In order for municipalities to enter into an agreement on electricity aggregation, the issue must be approved by a referendum. Programs like this have become increasingly popular as ComEd moves toward rate hikes. Palos Hills is considering the same program. Click the PDF on the right to view the entire agenda.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Although an energy consulting firm canceled its presentation on Thursday, the city council discussed the possibility of joining a consortium to find cheaper electrical energy.
The Palos Hills City Council is again looking to switch energy suppliers, this time on behalf of its residents. In May, the city announced it was signing a contract with Ameren instead of Exelon, thereby saving an estimated 25 percent—or $22,000, a year—on the cost of powering many of its buildings, including the municipal golf course. Recent legislation allows the city to go into the energy market through an independent broker and collect bids from energy suppliers for residential power. Palos Hills Mayor Gerlad Bennett, who heads the Southwest Conference of Mayors, presented a list of several dozen neighboring communities that have allegedly expressed interest in the idea, including Tinley Park and Orland Park. ComEd, which goes out to …
Friday, September 2, 2011
The latest news from the Palos Hills City Council
Aldermen approved of three business related measures at the Palos Hills City Council meeting on Sept. 1. Unanimous approval was given to two special use permits, one for Rory Mckenna's Essential Chiropractic and Health Center, and the other for a cell phone store located adjacent to the Shell gas station at 103rd Street and Harlem Avenue. McKenna's Chiropractic is an existing business but needed a permit to expand services to include therapeutic massage. The cell phone shop required a special use permit because because it sits on gas station property. The council also voted to increase the number of H-1 liquor licenses allowing for liquor sales at Lassak Deli, 8017 W. 103rd St., which is also expanding into a neighboring storefront. Ald. …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Between the heat wave and the intense storms the Southland has experienced this summer, the last few weeks have been busy for ComEd.
Southland citizens had a rough time trying to cool down during last week's heat wave. Just how hot was it? "Customers were using an all-time high of power," said ComEd spokeswoman Arlana Johnson. "It is the most power used at one time since August 2006." According to a ComEd press release, customer demand reached an a peak usage milestone late Wednesday afternoon. However, according to Johnson, this intense usage has yet to negatively impact the ComEd power grid. “Our system is performing really well and we didn't experience any issues," said Johnson. "We put extra crews on notice in case there were any problems. We had 350 crews available, which is 100 more than on a typical summer day." According to Johnson, a far bigger issue is the …
Monday, July 11, 2011
Storm of the decade knocks out power to over 578,000 customers in Illinois.
One of the worst storms in the past decade blew into the Chicago region early Monday morning knocking out power to over 578,000 customers in the city and suburbs. More than 71,000 in ComEd’s South Region – encompassing southern Cook County and the Joliet region – are in the dark after 80mph wind gusts and lightning strikes knocked down power lines and trees. In the Crestwood region, including Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Palos and Orland Park, between 3,000 and 10,000 customers remain without power according to the ComEd's outage map. In the Joliet region, including Tinley Park, over 10,000 customers were in the dark on Monday afternoon. Alicia Zatkowski, a spokeswoman for ComEd, said it may be several days before power is …