Category: Utilities

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 ...

Ameren Biggest Spender on Legislators, Report of Data Says

St. Louis Public Radio has launched a new project that will keep track monthly of gifts and money lobbyists give to Missouri legislators.  Its first report tracks expenditures in the first two months of 2013.  In January and February Ameren Corp., provider of electricity and gas to a large portion of the state, topped the list with expenditures of more than $25,000. KWMU, University of Missouri - St. Louis, April 10, 2013 St. Louis Public Radio has launched a new data-oriente ...

FERAF Opposes Electric Rate Legislation

Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, March 11, 2013 Businesses, just like politicians, need to be held accountable to the public when making public policy. Ameren, Empire and KCP&L’s recent explanation for why they need to abolish the PSC’s oversight of new expenditures and add a surcharge to the electric bill of every Missouri business and residential customer is a case in point. The ISRS legislation was pitched to legislators as allowing electric companies to be able to collec ...

PSC Grants Senator’s Request for More Information on Bill

Missouri Times, March 26, 2013 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A contentious Public Service Commission meeting ended in consensus on Wednesday with the PSC voting unanimously to allow the expedited request of Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, to provide the Senate more information on the pending “ISRS” legislation in the form of a formal docket and have the information returned to Senator Schmitt as soon as possible. Schmitt was pleased by this affirmation by the commission’s decision to ...

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