Bill Seeks Change To Alternate Energy Supplier's Billing Practices

Nancy Harty
April 16, 2018 - 10:23 am
Power Grid

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Citizens Utility Board is pushing for changes on electric bills for people who've signed with Com Ed's competition.

 Whether you’ve switched to an alternative energy supplier or not, you’re still getting a bill from Com Ed.The utility giant distributes power for its competitors and sometimes even handles billing and collection for them, too. A bill backed by the Citizens Utility Board would change how billing is handled by the power companies.

“If you want to market in the Illinois market then you're going to have to have some skin in the game," said Jim Chilsen, utility board spokesman. "You're going have to take charge of billing consumers directly and being transparent with consumers.”

Chilsen said that transparency would include telling customers if costs are significantly higher with the alternative energy suppliers. He said in the past two years, those who have switched paid $300 million more than those who stayed with Com Ed.