Older adults seek stable utility rates

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Hundreds of older adults have signed a petition seeking transparent and affordable utility rates.

The petition demands that consumer advocacy groups like AARP Illinois be included in negotiations about the omnibus energy bill being debated this week in Springfield.

On Tuesday, AARP Illinois representatives delivered stacks of the signed petitions to legislators at the state Capitol.

“Our members are deeply concerned and dismayed about their utility bills, which keep going up without any explanation or consumer input,” state AARP director Bob Gallo said. “But they are equally frustrated that their elected officials continually act in the best interest of ComEd and other big utilities, which use unfair lobbying practices, and not on behalf of the residents.”

A cost analysis of the energy bill was never presented to the public, but data analyzed independently by AARP Illinois found the bill, which is being debated this week, would result in a $15-a-month increase for single-family customers and more than $14 billion in increases to customer bills during the next 10 years.

Since Thursday, more than 500 older adults across Illinois have completed petitions being circulated by AARP Illinois, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of those ages 50 or above.

— Rochelle Eiselt

via Chron

September 1, 2021 at 06:43AM

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