Illinois’ attorney general wants something done about electric companies that he says are taking advantage of people.
Most people in Illinois have a main utility in their area. ComEd, Ameren, MidAmerican Energy, companies like that.
But people can also buy their power from an alternative supplier.
Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Tuesday announced that he wants new regulations for those companies. He said alternative energy suppliers have earned a bad reputation in Illinois.
“Alternative retail electric and gas suppliers use misleading and deceptive marketing practices to prey upon Illinois’ most vulnerable consumers,” Raoul said. “Many families in Illinois struggle to pay for essentials, and spending money on high-priced energy contracts could mean that families are forced to choose between necessities like groceries or medications and heat.”
One of those alternative power companies said people in Illinois want choices.
“Most Illinoisans want renewable energy choice and the Illinois legislature should ensure that residential customers can continue to choose renewable energy through the retail market,” CleanChoice Energy’s Vice President of Regulatory and Compliance Jennifer Spinosi said in a statement. “Illinois should maintain its competitive market because dirty energy monopolies cost Americans tens of billions of dollars in added costs. Our climate cannot afford any delay to transitioning away from fossil fuels and dirty polluting power.”
CleanChoice pointed to a poll that it says shows 76% of Illinois residents want the freedom to choose clean energy for their home.
Raoul said he wants lawmakers to implement new regulations on alternative energy companies by the end of the spring session.