CUB Statement on $199 Million ComEd Rate-Hike Request

CUB Statement on $199 Million ComEd Rate-Hike Request

CUB Statement on $199 Million ComEd Rate-Hike Request (Chicago, IL) — This is bad news for Illinois consumers who are coming off the most expensive winter heating season in more than decade, and it’s why we’re working to build a more consumer-friendly rate-setting system in Illinois. CUB will review ComEd’s rate-hike request and fight every dollar that can’t be justified.

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The “formula rate” system, at the heart of ComEd’s corruption scandal, has led to hundreds of millions of dollars in rate hikes over the years. But thanks to the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), CUB and other consumer advocates are working to build a system that gives the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) more authority and maximizes consumer benefits. CEJA also supports a process before the ICC to investigate a ComEd refund in connection with the company’s scandal. CUB calls on ComEd to do the right thing and give its customers a fair refund—much more than the $21 million it has proposed.

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BACKGROUND

  • On Friday, April 15, ComEd announced it was requesting that the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) increase the utility’s delivery rates by $199 million. The ICC will rule on the case in December.
  • This rate hike is reportedly the largest by ComEd in eight years, and it would increase the average residential customer’s monthly bill by about $2.20 beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
  • The increase affects delivery charges—what all customers pay to have the electricity delivered to their homes. Those charges take up about a third to a half of the bill.
  • This is the last time delivery rates will be set according to the state’s 2011 “Energy Infrastructure and Modernization Act,” or the “smart-grid bill.” That law uses a formula to determine ComEd rates annually to cover electric system upgrades.
  • CUB did not support the smart-grid legislation, citing too few consumer protections. In 2021, the group helped pass the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act, or CEJA. The new Illinois law aims to replace formula rates with a system that gives the ICC more authority and puts more emphasis on customer priorities like affordability and reliability.
  • CEJA also called for a state regulatory investigation into ComEd giving consumers a refund in connection with the company’s corruption scandal. CUB has fought for a refund on multiple fronts, including before the ICC, where the watchdog is pushing for ComEd to give its customers a refund that is more than double the $21 million the company has proposed.

CUB Statement on $199 Million ComEd Rate-Hike Request

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