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Coalition Formed to Fight High Utility Bills

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CAJE expected to make energy bills its top issue

Faith, environmental, social justice, and consumer advocacy groups have formed a coalition in response to high utility bills in the Evansville area. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

In a release, the coalition says it’s responding to what it calls the “widespread distress and hardship” caused by exorbitant CenterPoint Energy bills.

The coalition consists of nearly a dozen groups, including the Audubon Society of Southwest Indiana, Citizens Action Coalition, and Congregations Acting for Empowerment and Justice – known as CAJE.

The CAJE group is expected to announce Monday that its annual Nehemiah Action will focus on high utility bills.

The organization gathers every year to decide which issues they’ll push government leaders to act on.

CenterPoint has announced it will suspend customer disconnections through May. The company also said it’s working on additional measures to assist customers.

The city of Evansville has extended a freeze on sewer bill increases through 2023, but water bills will rise to pay for a new treatment plant.