To the editors:

The Illinois courts recently sided with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) in its lawsuit challenging the excessive summer rates Commonwealth Edison customers paid last year. Despite a crystal clear court ruling that said the rates were unfair and illegal, Com Ed is refusing to refund more than $158 million it overcharged customers. That refund would amount to $50 to $75 for the typical homeowner.

When Com Ed customers pay their bills late, the utility puts them on notice [Neighborhood News, June 16]. It’s now time for consumers to put Com Ed on notice and to demand full refunds of last summer’s overcharges.

CUB has filed a formal request asking the Illinois Commerce Commission to order full and immediate refunds, with interest, but the commission has not yet ruled on the matter. As consumers this summer again pay some of the highest electric rates in the nation, it is critical that they get prompt refunds of Com Ed’s overcharges.

At CUB, we are doing everything legally possible to convince the ICC to order the refunds. But we need consumers’ help. For more information, call CUB’s consumer hotline at 1-800-222-2822.

Howard Learner

CUB Representative