| 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 17, 2014
| 8:41 PM
The periodic blackouts in Cassina Tarsia's Oceanside neighborhood meant the 71-year-old couldn't charge her cellphone or electric wheelchair.
But outages aren't a problem anymore.
Since February, Tarsia's garage has housed a suitcase-sized battery...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Here's some irony for you: By trying to make its new greenhouse gas proposal less draconian for states and power companies, the Environmental Protection Agency may have made it more vulnerable to a lawsuit -- by states and power companies.
| Jun 4, 2014
The debate over reducing carbon dioxide emissions to combat global warming brings us to the truth: Saving money is more important than saving the planet. In its shortsightedness, big business — led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — will...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 5:51 PM
The nation's worst polluters and their allies have launched a propaganda campaign to convince you that the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon pollution standards are nothing more than a backdoor energy tax that will kill jobs and cost you money....
| Jun 2, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The fans and window air conditioning units that cool Shana Solarte’s apartment continue to draw the same amount of electricity as they have in the past.
But as of Sunday, that same amount of power comes at a higher price as new rates go into...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 2:14 PM
Naperville residents are likely to see their electric rates spike 6 percent this spring instead of the 2 percent they expected.
City officials discussed the rate hikes Monday in light of a $14 million deficit in the utility's budget. It also is short...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:46 PM
Susan Martucci figured her latest electric bill might be higher because of the crazy cold weather, but the bill she got was just plain crazy.
"When you are used to a bill around $150 or so, $650 is way, way off," said Martucci, of Salisbury Township....
| Mar 4, 2014
| 2:13 PM
Orland Park residents could see big increases in their electric bills by June. Rates for the village's opt-out electrical aggregation program will likely jump by about 33 percent, while Commonwealth Edison is also expected to increase rates, village...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:07 PM
DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina's environmental regulatory agency is under federal criminal investigation for its handling of a massive toxic coal ash spill into the Dan River near the Virginia border.
The U.S. attorney's office in Raleigh issued...