On March 20, 2012, in the primary election a majority of citizens voted yes on a referendum question allowing corporate authorities to form a Municipal Opt-Out Electricity Aggregation. City Officials are happy to offer eligible residents and small businesses SAVINGS over Ameren Illinois (“Ameren”) rates by banding together all eligible electric service classes.
The City of Peoria is going to try to persuade its employees not to leave their city vehicles idling for long periods of time. I wouldn’t say they’re “cracking down” on the practice, because there doesn’t seem to be much more than an awareness campaign planned at the moment. But it’s not a bad [...]
We need to level the playing field and eliminate mandates, subsidies, tariffs and price supports that focus exclusively on corn-based ethanol and prevent the development of market-based solutions which would provide us with better options for our fuel needs. –John McCain
Ever since I posted an article on ethanol, I was put on a [...]
From the New York Times:
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to temporarily waive regulations requiring the oil industry to blend ever-increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline. A decision is expected in the next few weeks. [...]
His request for an emergency waiver cutting the ethanol mandate to 4.5 [...]
CNN reports that Illinois power plants are creating too much air pollution:
In documents released Monday, the EPA cites Midwest Generation for releasing too much microscopic air pollution. And the agency alleges that the company has continued to operate its aging power plants without adding pollution controls required by the Clean Air Act.
A bill in the Illinois General Assembly, HB5766, would extend the current electricity rate freeze three more years (providing relief for Illinois families) and is supported by the Citizens Utility Board. However, our representative in the 92nd district, Aaron Schock, isn’t signed on as a co-sponsor, nor is any other Republican.
I’d like to [...]
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m looking for ways to cut my energy costs — without having to live like the Unabomber. Eyebrows McGee has been writing me giving me all sorts of great ideas, and now she has compiled many of them into this post on her blog. It’s well worth the read, especially [...]
The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has compiled some interesting data on Ameren. Starting in 1997, the year electricity rates were frozen by the state, they graph Ameren’s profits every other proceeding year, right up to 2005. One would expect profits to be modest at best, given the handicap of a rate freeze. But check [...]
After budget-busting increases in natural gas last winter, now we get to see the other half of our CILCO bills go through the roof. AmerenCILCO announced yesterday that electric rates will rise 55 percent starting in January 2007. Pioneer-life doesn’t seem as far-fetched all of a sudden.
I remember reading about the Howerter family [...]