Willis Pushes to Limit Fees on Electricity Bills

05/01/2015
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Local consumers will be better protected from extra cancellation fees on their electricity bills under a bill being co-sponsored by state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison.

“As I go door to door and talk to residents, concern over utility costs is something that is very much on their minds,” said Willis. “This bill will help to alleviate some of the pressure by placing restrictions on what electric companies can charge for termination fees.



House Bill 3766 places a cap on what Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers (ARES) can charge for an early termination fee. Under the bill, these providers will not be able to assess a fee of over $50 to residents and will not be able to charge more than $150 to small businesses. The bill is supported by the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) who has echoed Rep. Willis’ concern for ARES consumers facing unregulated terminate fees.



“Currently, there is nothing stopping some ARES companies from charging any amount they desire to discontinue service,” said Willis. “This bill will make sure that consumers are protected from any unwanted surprises on their utility bills.”



Kathleen Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.