New tool available for Chicagoans to compare electricity rates

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The Chicago-based consumer advocacy group, the Citizens Utility Board, has launched an interactive calculator tool to allow consumers to compare electricity rates.

Chicago Tribune
Written by: Julie Wernau

Chicagoans who are confused over whether to stick with the city’s chosen electricity provider, Integrys Energy Services, or to go back to ComEd, now have a free tool to help.

To find out which is a better deal, grab your electricity bill and go to You have to enter your name and email address to use the tool.

Chicago-based consumer advocacy group Citizens Utility Board introduced the Chicago Power Deal Calculator in June to help Chicagoans decide if the city’s deal with Integrys was the right choice over the summer.

Now Integrys has announced rates for October through May, and CUB has updated its calculator to help Chicagoans determine whether to stay with Integrys or return to ComEd for the remainder of the deal.

Since June, Chicagoans who didn’t opt out of the new Integrys supply contract are paying 5.29 cents per kilowatt-hour along with a $22.36 flat monthly charge for single-family homes and a $9.06 charge for units housed in a building of three or more.

With the new billing structure, Integrys said it was aiming to “more fairly allocate,” or spread, those capacity charges among its customers.

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