Category: Utilities

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Nearly 650,000 homes and businesses in eastern Missouri rely on reliable, affordable natural gas from Spire STL Pipeline to fuel their lives. Learn more about the potential impact to the St. Louis community without the STL Pipeline. On September 14, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an  emergency certificate to allow the STL Pipeline to keep operating for 90-days. That certificate will expire December 13, 2021. Sign up below to stay up to date with the lates ...

PSC reconsiders Spire case after Supreme Court remand

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After the Missouri Supreme Court remanded part of Spire Missouri’s previous rate increase, the Public Service Commission (PSC) is moving forward with the issue as part of the company’s latest request. read more ...

Spire has requested a rate increase! Register today for a virtual public hearing to make public comments on how it would impact you

The Spire natural gas utility is requesting an annual rate increase of over $100 million for the delivery of gas to its customers. Consumers Council believes that this request is too high, and doesn't take into account the economic impact suffered by most consumers due to the recent pandemic. Spire is asking that consumers pay a fixed fee of $20.00 each month for its Eastern Missouri territory, and $22.00 more for Western Missouri consumers. This fee would be unavoidable by c ...

Missouri panel rejects moratorium on utility shutoffs during pandemic

EFFERSON CITY — The state Public Service Commission has rejected an effort to prevent utility companies from disconnecting residential services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the commission said in a statement Wednesday. The Consumers Council of Missouri, which advocates on behalf of consumer interests, had requested an emergency order for a moratorium on disconnections through at least March 31. But the commission determined it didn't have the authority to grant the council's ...

Consumer groups seek Missouri utility shut off moratorium

A coalition of consumer and health care advocates are asking the Missouri Public Service Commission to impose a moratorium on utility cutoffs for the winter to help control the spread of COVID-19. The Consumers Council of Missouri, with support from the Missouri Hospital Association, Empower Missouri and the National Housing Trust, filed the request Tuesday … read more https://missouriindependent.com/briefs/consumer-groups-seek-missouri-utility-shut-off-moratorium/ ...

Citing Public Health Concerns in COVID-19 Pandemic, Organizations Call for Moratorium on Utility Disconnections

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO)…Citing the need to “protect the health and safety of the general public during the ever-worsening COVID-19 pandemic in Missouri, Consumers Council of Missouri filed a motion with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) on December 7 for an emergency order to create a winter utility disconnection moratorium. The motion was supported by a variety of community organizations that have been convened by Empower Missouri since late October as the Utility Disconne ...

Will a governor’s scandal upend ratemaking reform?

Each of the past two years, a filibuster by a few state senators in the final days of the legislative session stymied a utility-backed ratemaking bill in Missouri. This year, the utility bill survived a 22-hour Senate filibuster in February (Energywire, Feb. 12). Now the question is what happens in the final days of a legislative session that has been consumed by the scandal enveloping Gov. Eric Greitens (R). Greitens goes on trial Monday in St. Louis on felony invasion of privac ...

Utilities and Opponents are Playing Hardball with Rate Reform

by the Editorial Board for the St. Louis Post-DispatcthAmeren Missouri’s cherished rate-reform bill, which has sat dormant in the Missouri House since being passed by the state Senate in mid-February, is meeting 11th-hour challenges — and a threat to force full disclosure of all the money spent to pass it. Missouri consumers’ best hope is for Senate Bill 564 to die before the legislative session ends May 18.Groups representing both residential and large industrial power users have ...

Gas Rates Go Down and Low Income Residents Get Bill Assistance.

For Immediate Release Contact: Cara Spencer, executive director of Consumers Council of Missouri 314-556-7379   Gas Rates Go Down and Low Income Residents Get Bill Assistance. Jefferson City -- The Missouri Public Service Commission just approved Spire’s new natural gas rates – effective April 19 – and your monthly gas bill will actually decrease, with the savings varying cross the state. Last year, Laclede Gas Company (Spire’s Eastern Missouri territory) requested an inc ...

Consumer Groups Concerned about Rate Mechanisms

Consumer groups are concerned with new rate increase mechanisms proposed in legislation before the Missouri Senate. http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2018/01/23/ameren-seeks-support-for-plan-that-would-change-way-rate-hikes-approved/ ...

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