natural gas en Illinois Governor Halts “Boondoggle” Energy Bill <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed energy&nbsp; legislation that critics say could have raised the price of natural gas around the state.</p><p>The legislation would have forced natural gas companies Ameren and Nicor to buy synthetic gas produced by the Leucadia plant in order to help pay for its construction. The plant was proposed to be built on Chicago&#39;s south side. Leucadia planned to use technology that converts Illinois coal into gas.</p> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:05:00 +0000 Rich Egger 19815 at Illinois Governor Halts “Boondoggle” Energy Bill Ameren Customers Will Soon Pay More <p>Illinois regulators have&nbsp; given Ameren Illinois permission to raise natural gas rates by about $32 million.</p><p><br />The Illinois Commerce&nbsp; Commission said it will allow rates to rise by 1.2%&nbsp; to 5.4%, depending where customers live. The rates would go up starting this month.</p><p><br />The Citizens Utility Board said it will appeal the decision.&nbsp; Board executive director David Kolata pointed out the decision comes just&nbsp; as Illinois faces the first real cold weather of winter.</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 23:41:43 +0000 Rich Egger 428 at Ameren Customers Will Soon Pay More