Clean energy bill in Illinois is the right move for consumers and the climate

Illinois consumers and communities would gain a stronger voice in energy policy under legislation proposed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

That’s just one reason why we’re supporting the Consumers and Climate First Act. Released on April 29, the bill not only sets bold statewide clean energy goals, but also includes reforms called for by Illinois PIRG through our Take Our Power Back campaign.

The need for greater utility accountability became clearer than ever last summer, when federal prosecutors deemed actions by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to influence energy policy in Springfield a corrupt bribery scheme, and ComEd agreed to pay a $200 million fine.

“We applaud Gov. Pritzker for taking a stand against undue utility influence and putting the interests of consumers and the climate first as we move toward clean energy,” said Illinois PIRG Director Abe Scarr. “It’s long past time to end automatic rate hikes, prohibit utility bill surcharges and restore meaningful utility oversight.”

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Learn more about the Take Our Power Back campaign.

It's time to Take Our Power Back

It's time to Take Our Power Back

ComEd's bribery and corruption cost its customers millions. We're calling for restitution, restored oversight, and reforms to ensure they can't do it again. And while we're pleased Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signalled his support, we still need our lawmakers in Springfield to hear our voices on this crucial issue. Send your message today.

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Photo: Illinois PIRG State Director Abe Scarr spoke with WTTW about ComEd’s long-standing influence on energy policy, Illinois PIRG’s report on how that has affected consumers, and the legislative reforms we need to make it right. Credit: WTTW, Staff


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