The BEST Coalition — whose name stands for Better Energy Solutions for Tomorrow — has touted itself as a “grassroots coalition created to advocate for smart energy policy in Illinois.” But a closer look at the roots of BEST suggests that interests beyond just the public good might have been foremost in mind when the seeds for the organization were planted and sprouted.

Comment: Everybody had a lobbying effort on the new energy bill except consumers. CUB, the Citizens Utility Board, is supposed to do that but didn’t. They jumped in bed with the renewable energy industry and supported higher rates for Illinois consumers.