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Consumers who buy their electricity from alternative energy providers have been seeing some price hikes lately.

A consumer watchdog group approves of the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision to order a $48 million electric delivery rate cut for Ameren customers.

But Citizens Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen says the utility company has yet to improve on its plan for upgrading the power grid as part of the ‘smart-grid’ legislation approved by Illinois lawmakers last year.  Ameren filed its proposal for new rates after the measure passed.