Category: Utilities

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 ...

Senators Accuse Ex-PSC Chair of Lobbying for Bill; Chair Responds

Missouri Times, March 28, 2013 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On the heels of a contentious Public Service Commission hearing Wednesday where the Commission unanimously decided to keep open a docket requested by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, to collect more information, two sitting senators have accused former PSC Chairman Kevin Gunn of lobbying them to support the pending “ISRS” bill. At the meeting, Commissioner Terry Jarrett argued that opening the docket to collect information on ...

Groups Say Ameren Missouri Profits Prove New Surcharge Unneeded

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 12, 2013 Ameren Missouri spent most of last year successfully convincing state regulators to boost electric rates. Now, the utility’s own financial data show that it earned millions of dollars more than authorized in 2012. And that was before the Public Service Commission approved a $263 million increase that took effect in January. It's not illegal for Ameren to exceed its allowed return on equity, a key measure of profitability that's used ...

Utility Bill Just a Back-door Tax Increase

By Jason Crowell in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 27, 2013 As a former legislator who fought to ensure Missourians kept their hard-earned money, I believe SB 207 and HB 398 are horrible public policy. It is legislation that will hit Missourians the hardest; in their pocket books with a new surcharge on electric bills and faster unnecessary rate increases. I feel so strongly about this new surcharge that will cost Missourians their hard earned money that I ask you to oppose ...

Who’s Afraid of Facts? Legislators Should Let Public Service Commission Live Up to Its Name

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 28, 2013 In January 2007, Tom Dempsey was one of 50,000 Ameren Missouri customers in St. Charles County whose homes lost power after a fierce winter storm hit the St. Louis region. Mr. Dempsey’s home was without power for 89 hours. Like many other Ameren customers, he was angry. Unlike most other Ameren customers, he was in a position to do something about it. At the time, Mr. Dempsey, a Republican, was the majority leader of the Missouri House. ...

Consumers Win Some, Lose More in 2012 Rate Case

Consumers didn’t fare so well under Ameren Missouri’s request for higher rates in 2013.  Small gains for consumers were overwhelmed by Ameren’s larger gains. Consumers Council convinced the Public Service Commission to keep Ameren's minimum customer service charge at $8.00 instead of Ameren's proposed $12.00.  All customers pay this charge, no matter how much energy they use. The Public Service Commission granted Ameren a profit of 9.8 percent.  That is higher than we wanted ...

Ameren Missouri Asks for $51 Million Electric Rate Increase

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 23, 2013 ST. LOUIS • Ameren Missouri, fresh off a $263 million electric-rate increase in December, is asking regulators for an additional $51 million in revenue. The adjustment would increase bills for the typical residential customer by an average of $6.07 a month beginning in June, the utility said in a filing with Missouri Public Service Commission on Friday afternoon. Ameren defines the typical customer as one who uses 12,000 kilowatt-hours ...

Ameren Missouri’s Proposal Puts Electric Utility Rates on Autopilot

St. Louis Business Journal, March 22, 2013 Editor: I beg to differ with your editorial regarding Ameren Missouri’s bill before the General Assembly this year asking for a new surcharge that would let it get more money faster from customers to build new facilities. Missouri has benefited from a fair ratemaking process for many decades. In a regular rate case, all financial aspects of a utility — its revenues and expenses — are examined to determine a rate increase and a ret ...

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