| Jun 2, 2014
| 6:54 PM
Despite fears that the Obama administration's proposed rule to curb carbon-dioxide pollution could wreak severe damage on the economy, the true effect is likely to be much more modest. And a key reason can be linked to the nation's boom in natural gas...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Helen Ramirez-Odell thought she’d done her research when she decided to sign up to have her Chicago home supplied with electricity from Spark Energy. She was surprised when her electricity rates suddenly jumped up by 50 percent.
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:37 AM
A consulting firm that brokered a deal to supply electricity to a number of northwest suburban communities will be paid about 10 times more than the last firm that conducted the negotiations.
The increase coincides with a steep rise in electric rates...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:57 AM
Helen Ramirez-Odell thought she'd done her research when she selected Spark Energy in 2011 for her electricity. So she was taken aback earlier this year when her monthly rate suddenly jumped by 50 percent.
"When I realized it, I called Spark Energy to...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 11:18 AM
I found business reporter Julie Wernau's story about out-of-control electricity supply rates both timely and informative. I also found comments in the story from Integrys Energy Services spokeswoman Jennifer Block warning consumers to be wary of...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 10:03 PM
In the middle of the night, when most Americans are sound asleep, their lights and appliances off, a power hog is wide awake and running at nearly full throttle: the boxes that operate their cable or satellite television service.
The seemingly innocuous...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The Obama administration's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants 30% by 2030 is laying another big bet on future U.S. natural gas supplies.
The boom in U.S. production, the result of hydraulic fracturing and...
| May 7, 2014
| 7:05 PM
The weather finally is heating up, but the controversy over electricity costs associated with last winter's polar vortex still hasn't cooled down.
One of the boiling issues is a controversial plan by one of the state's largest competitive electric...
| Apr 24, 2014
Re "The right takes aim at the solar industry," April 20
The vast sums of money used by the Koch brothers and their ilk originated from average Americans fueling their vehicles and powering their homes.
Billions of dollars are sucked out of our...
| May 26, 2014
| 6:30 AM
As the leaders of Powerupmontco and Reliability4HOCO, two non-partisan electric utility consumer advocacy groups, we were frustrated with your recent editorial critical of gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur's electric utilities reform proposal ("Short...
| May 29, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Vehicles Affected: About 177,500 model-year 2011-13 Ford Explorer SUVs The Problem: A potential electrical issue in the steering gear may result in the loss of electric power steering assist while driving. This could cause the steering system to default...