Category: Utilities

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 ...

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 ...

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