Category: Utilities

Public Service Commission Stands Up for Consumers

Ameren announced plans last year to string six electric vehicle charging stations between St. Louis and Jefferson City. The pilot project was intended to gauge whether the effort would help boost the number of electric vehicle drivers in surrounding counties, relative to other areas. Seems like a good idea. One snag: Ameren, a monopoly utility company, would be able to recover the cost of building those stations by spreading the costs across their base of residential consumers. ...

Regulating Utilities in the Dark

JEFFERSON CITY / April 21, 2017 – For the first time in recalled history, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has reduced their ethical standards. As the regulatory body over monopoly investor-owned utilities in our state, the PCS has been increasing transparency and good governance standards since the 1970’s but with a new rule issued this week, we have taken an enormous step backwards. In order to facilitate transparency and maintain public trust and confidence in the Commissi ...

MOLEG: Don’t Raise Our Rates!!

The Missouri legislature is trying to raise utility costs on top of the rate increases pending the Public Service Commission. There are over 100 lobbyists registered with the Missouri Ethics Commission arguing for higher utility costs, join our efforts to counter that! SIGN OUR PETITION!   ...

Legislative War on Utilities

JEFFERSON CITY -- Never have household checkbooks had so much to fear from Jefferson City politicians. Since Missouri elected a new governor and several new legislators this past November, utility lobbyists have been drafting up new schemes to squeeze ever more dollars from unsuspecting utility consumers. Over 100 utility lobbyists have registered with the Missouri Ethics Commission, including many former legislators, as well as former Public Service Commission (PSC) commissioners. ...

#EqualAccessForAll

Many MO residents still lack access to internet. Banning community broadband is not the answer. Consumers benefit when there is choice, not when there is more restriction. http://stopthecap.com/2017/03/13/50-shades-grey-community-broadband-ban-bill-ties-hands-missouri-communities/ ...

No subsidies for Doe Run!

Tell the MO Senate that you don't want to subsidize utility rates for Doe Run. http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/missourians-face-major-hikes-to-utility-bills/article_2cbff592-e405-11e6-9d4f-772bea309a9c.html ...

MO Office of Public Council Stands Up for Consumers

Missouri's James Owen of the Office of Public Council is courageously fighting on behalf of consumers, challenging the Public Service Commission and their to weaken the current ex parte rules. Thank you, James Owen, for standing up for consumers. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-greitens-first-two-orders-collide-as-utilities-seek-weakened/article_8f13735a-13c0-5143-8cec-8c43a4f57b0c.html ...

Ameren Proposed Rate Hikes

Electricity was in the air when members of Consumers Council of Missouri (CCM) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recently held a joint meeting to discuss rate increases proposed for 2017.  "Our older residents cannot keep up with constant rate increases, but this affects all of us, including our own families," said Hardenbrook, a South County resident. AARP, Consumers Council urge residents to attend local public hearings. ...

New Ameren Rates

CONSUMER ALERT! Ameren MO is seeking new rates to increase revenues by approx $206.4 million, ~$99 more per residential customer. http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/20170104/hearings-planned-on-proposed-ameren-missouri-electric-rate-increase ...

Ameren increases quarterly dividends

Ameren increases quarterly dividends as they prepare to come before the PSC requesting a rate increase. The board of directors of Ameren Corp declared a dividend increase on its common stock of 3.5%. www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ameren-corporation-increases-quarterly-cash-dividend-300345208.html ...

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