Illinois attorney general calls for greater regulation of ‘deceptive’ energy suppliers
By JERRY NOWICKI, Capitol News Illinois 4/23/19
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Tuesday called for greater regulation of alternative retail energy suppliers, many of which go door-to-door using “deceptive practices” to lock consumers into contracts that ultimately lead to higher energy costs.
“We’ve heard from consumers all over the state who have been trapped in bad supply contracts,” Raoul said. “They routinely fail to provide customers with critical information, including price and length of contract.”
He urged the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 651, the Home Energy Affordability Transparency, or HEAT, Act. Raoul said the bill would improve his office’s existing authority to bring suit against suppliers by enumerating acceptable and unacceptable practices for the industry so “it can be clearer and easier” for his office to “go after these bad actors.”
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