natural gas http://peoriapublicradio.org en Consumer advocates criticize natural gas rate considerations http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/consumer-advocates-criticize-natural-gas-rate-considerations <p></p><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;Illinois legislators already passed a law that lets ComEd and Ameren charge higher rates for electricity. &nbsp;Now, natural gas companies want the same treatment. &nbsp;IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The argument for letting ComEd and Ameren hike electric rates was that it'll allow the companies to make needed updates to the electric grid. Consumer advocates balked at that; but they admit those upgrades could ultimately bring their customers savings.</div><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:37:41 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3063 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Consumer advocates criticize natural gas rate considerations Region could form natural-gas buying group http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/region-could-form-natural-gas-buying-group <p></p><div>The same consultant that helped establish a regional power-purchasing program for electricity is gauging interest in a similar program for natural gas. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Charles de Casteja is the Managing Partner of Good Energy. He says the company is working with the Illinois Commerce Commission to put a referendum on next year’s spring ballot for a new gas-purchasing program:</div><div> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:17:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 2362 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Region could form natural-gas buying group