Abe
Scarr

State Director, Illinois PIRG

Started on staff: 2002
B.A., Haverford College
Abe Scarr is the director of Illinois PIRG. He is a lead advocate in the Capitol and in the media for stronger consumer protections, utility accountability, and good government. In 2017, Abe led a coalition to pass legislation to implement automatic voter registration in Illinois, winning unanimous support in the Illinois General Assembly for the bill. In 2019, he co-authored “Tragedy of Errors,” a report documenting decades of mismanagement in the Peoples Gas pipe replacement program, and has built a large coalition to end wasteful gas utility spending. Before moving to Illinois in 2014, Abe worked as the state director for ConnPIRG, where he helped pass a landmark solid waste and recycling law. He also serves as a board member for the Consumer Federation of America. Abe lives in Chicago, where he enjoys biking, cooking and tending his garden.

Posts by Abe Scarr
Advocating for stronger clean air standards
Smokestacks releasing pollution

Healthy Air

Advocating for stronger clean air standards

Today I had the opportunity to join coalition partners in making a public comment to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning enacting tighter clean air standards.

Testimony in Opposition to HB5589 before the Energy & Environment Committee

Nuclear power risks

Testimony in Opposition to HB5589 before the Energy & Environment Committee

Illinois’ moratorium on new nuclear power plant construction is sound policy that should be maintained. The United States has no long-term plan for the safe storage of nuclear waste, nuclear power is cost-prohibitive, and Illinois can better meet its long-term energy needs through 100% renewable energy.

Testimony before the House Public Utilities Committee in support of House Bill 3941

Utility watchdog

Testimony before the House Public Utilities Committee in support of House Bill 3941

In 2013, the General Assembly passed Public Act 98-57, which allows Ameren Gas, Nicor, and Peoples Gas to accelerate cost recovery by automatically raising customer bills through a bill surcharge, known as Rider QIP, to pay for certain types of infrastructure investment. The rider is scheduled to sunset December 31, 2023. House Bill 3941 would move that sunset date forward by one year, to December 31, 2022. The case for doing so is significant.

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