Category: Utilities

Consumers Win With Governor’s Veto

Today, Wednesday, July 10, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill that would have cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars more in our gas utility bills over the next five years. Please THANK HIM NOW! Click here to email the Governor to thank him. Or call him at 573-751-3222. By vetoing SB 240 Governor Nixon prevented gas utilities from adding more costly surcharges to consumers' bills.  He also maintained the current balance in the rate process that gives consumers a ...

Laclede Agrees to Forgo Gas Rate Hike

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 1, 2013 Gas-distribution rates would remain unchanged for Laclede Gas Co. customers under a settlement between the utility and consumer advocates that was submitted to the Public Service Commission on May 31. The St. Louis-based gas utility had sought a $48.4 million rate increase in December that would have raised the typical residential customer bill an average of $4.93 a month. But Laclede said it can live without an increase for now. In ...

Testimony: CCM Cautions St. Louis on Contract for City Water Division

CCM Board Member Renee Marver presented the following testimony before the Public Utilities Committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Wednesday, July 2: Good evening.  My name is Renee Marver.  I am a resident of the City of St. Louis and member of the Consumers Council of Missouri Board of Directors. Consumers Council of Missouri is a statewide membership organization that focuses much of its advocacy on protecting utility consumers -- consumers who deserve safe and ad ...

Editorial Urges Veto of Gas Surcharge Bill

Excerpted from St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial, May 30, 2013 The Utility Handouts Early in the session, before lawmakers were fully educated on the dangers of single-issue rate-making in the case of monopoly gas and electric utilities, the Missouri Senate passed SB 240, which would do two bad things for consumers. First, it would expand the existing ability of gas utility companies to charge consumers an extra surcharge to pay for underground pipes and other infrastructure. ...

Despite Likely Accord, Gas Hearings Set

Although a tentative agreement on Laclede Gas Co.'s rate case has been reached witht he company, the Public Service Commission staff and the Office of Public Counsel, hearings are still scheduled to be held in the St. Louis Region. Click here for the calendar of hearings. ...

Laclede Gas: Rate Case Settlement Near

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 20, 2013 Laclede Gas Co. has an agreement in principle with the Missouri Public Service Commission staff and Office of Public Counsel to settle its request to boost natural gas rates by $48.4 million. The utility filed notice of the agreement with the PSC on Monday, and said it would “resolve all outstanding matters” in the case. Terms were not disclosed. A formal stipulation and agreement or an update on the status of negotiations with PSC sta ...

Editorial: The Utility Shell Game

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 6, 2013 A bipartisan group of lawmakers is blocking a bill that would allow Ameren Missouri to raise electric rates on consumers more quickly with less regulatory oversight. Good for them. Now they should also block Senate Bill 240, which expands the ability of regulated gas utilities, such as Laclede Gas and Ameren, to raise rates outside the normal rate-case process. The bill would hit residential and small-business consumers the hardest. It is, qu ...

PSC Staff Analysis of Legislation Confirms Consumers’ Fears

ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 8, 2013 -- An analysis by the staff of the Public Service Commission finds that under legislation pending in the Missouri General Assembly consumers would have to pay higher rates faster for electric utility infrastructure investments and would lose protections afforded under current law. “These are exactly the points we at Consumers Council of Missouri have been making as we educate the public and legislators about the dangers of piecemeal ratemaking,” sai ...

Consumers Victorious in MO Senate Vote on Water Surcharge Legislation

Associate Press, April 16, 2013 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed additional water and sewer companies to seek permission for surcharges to build new infrastructure. Currently, only water companies in St. Louis County can impose such a surcharge between formal rate cases. Other water companies must get approval for a rate increase from the state Public Service Commission. The legislation defeated by a 17-16 vote Tuesday ...

Ameren Rates Rise Sharply During Recession

Now it wants to get in your pocket again! Senate Bill 207 and House Bill 398, virtually identical bills, are working their way through the legislative process in the Missouri General Assembly.  The bills would let investor-owned utilities raise rates automatically -- through a mechanism called an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge -- without any meaningful review by the Public Service Commission.  These utilities are Ameren Missouri, KCP&L, KCP&L GMO and Emp ...

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