The Illinois Assembly has passed a sweeping energy bill that extends "formula rate" policies, which guarantee utility profits. The legislation dismisses key reforms that Illinois PIRG, other consumer advocates, and even Gov. J.B. Pritzker have called for, such as limitations on utility bill surcharges.
The Biden administration has announced plans to strengthen fuel economy and emissions standards for vehicles, despite industry lobbyists' push for weaker emissions rules. The transportation sector is America's No. 1 source of greenhouse gas pollution, which continues to threaten public health and contribute to global warming.
Peoples Gas, a gas utility subsidiary in Chicago, continues to mismanage its pipe replacement project, and its customers are still picking up the financial slack. Illinois PIRG is calling on the company to take responsibility for the project's shortcomings and end the utility bill surcharges.
Cutting wasteful handouts to special interests that prop up polluting industries related to these categories will reduce pollution and free up money that can be spent on modern infrastructure investments.
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