Citizens Utility Board http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Election Could Affect Electricity Costs In Metro East http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/election-could-affect-electricity-costs-metro-east <p>Several Metro East communities want to negotiate electricity supply costs for their residents and businesses.</p><p>A 2009 law allows Illinois cities and counties to contract with suppliers in order to negotiate prices with electric utilities.</p><p>It’s called "municipal aggregation" and referendums are on the ballot in Belleville, Collinsville, and Edwardsville. <a href="http://www.pluginillinois.org/MunicipalAggregationList.aspx">Click here for a complete list.</a></p><p>Nearly 250 Illinois municipalities already have done so, including Alton and Glen Carbon.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:19:16 +0000 Maria Altman 5815 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Election Could Affect Electricity Costs In Metro East Ameren Illinois rate hike proposal comes under fire http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ameren-illinois-rate-hike-proposal-comes-under-fire <p>&nbsp;Opponents of Ameren Illinois&rsquo; $90 million rate increase request are gearing up for a hard fight.</p><p>The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the AARP held a series of press conferences today to explain why they want state regulators to reject the proposal.&nbsp;Ameren Illinois is asking for an exorbitant &ldquo;return on equity,&rdquo; which is the allowed profit rate for shareholders, according to CUB senior policy analyst Bryan McDaniel.</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:26:35 +0000 Bill Raack 1943 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ameren Illinois rate hike proposal comes under fire