Category: Utilities

For Tiny Town, Gamble on Coal Plant Becomes Fiscal Crisis

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 11, 2013     MARCELINE, MO. • From its railroad heritage to its connection to entertainment icon Walt Disney — who spent his early childhood here — tiny Marceline practically oozes nostalgia. But there is one aspect of the city’s past that some people here would just as soon forget — a big bet on the Prairie State Energy Campus, a controversial coal-fired power plant in southwestern Illinois. Marceline and its electric utility, with o ...

Robert Kenney Takes Helm at PSC

Associate Press, March 2, 2013 Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Robert Kenney , of St. Louis, to head the Missouri Public Service Commission . Kenney has served on the regulatory commission since 2009. As chairman he replaces Kevin Gunn, who announced in January he would resign from the PSC effective Friday. The Public Service Commission regulates investor-owned utilities providing electricity, natural gas, water, sewer and telephone services . Governors appoint members of the ...

Ameren Asks Legislature for an Expensive Fix for What’s Not Broken

Editorial, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 26, 2013 Ameren Missouri performed admirably during the snow and ice storm that swept through the St. Louis region last Thursday. A mere few thousand area residents were without power for relatively short periods of time due to downed lines or other electrical outages. Investments made by the investor-owned utility since its pitiful performance during a series of storms in 2006 and 2007 paid dividends. The 2006 ice damage, of cour ...

Ameren Seeking Faster Payback On Building Projects

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 21, 2012 Ameren Missouri says legislation to undo 1970s-era consumer protections to help facilitate a new nuclear plant isn’t on its wish list this spring. But don’t think the utility and its lobbyists arrived in Jefferson City without an agenda. Warner L. Baxter, Ameren Missouri’s chief executive, sees an opportunity — and a need — to ramp up infrastructure spending. And, he said, the utility is looking for policies that encourage ...

Your Ameren Missouri Electric Bill Will Go Up Again

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 13, 2012 The new year will bring higher electric rates for 1.2 million Ameren Missouri customers. The Missouri Public Service Commission voted 3-1 Wednesday to approve a 10 percent, $260.2 million rate increase for the St. Louis-based utility, making it that much more expensive for consumers to run their air conditioners, watch television and wash clothes. The increase is expected to take effect Jan. 2. On average, electric bills f ...

PSC Decision Lets Ameren Keep Charging Consumers For Construction

Along with a $260 million rate increase, Ameren Missouri will be allowed to continue to charge customers for the rising costs of transmission projects still under construction. Currently, the costs are about $26 million but are expected to rise 24 percent each year. On Wednesday, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a $260 million rate increase for Ameren, about two-thirds of what the company had sought. The hike goes into effect Jan. 2. Ameren officials we ...

Ameren Seeks Another Surcharge

This new surcharge follows historic rate increases which between 2006 and the end of 2013 will cost Ameren customers $2.8 billion due to fuel surcharges passed by the legislature and rate hikes approved by the Public Service Commission. To read this bill, go to www.house.mo.gov/billcentral.aspx. FERAF, of which Consumers Council is a founding member, has also announced its opposition to SB207. Consumer Group Will Fight Proposed New Surcharge on Missourians’ Electric Bills Jeff ...

Ameren Hikes Rates, Surcharges $1.1 Billion During Recession – Now It’s Asking Legislature To Get In Your Pocket Again

Since 2007 consumers have paid Ameren Missouri a cumulative total of more than $2.8 billion in higher rates and fuel surcharges. That means the average family is paying $400 more a year for electricity. Now Ameren and the other electric companies are asking Missouri lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 207 to give them yet another surcharge. Ameren's income will go up at least $350 million, and the average family will be paying $125 more. Click on Take Action > Action Alerts to f ...

CCM Files To Intervene In Laclede Gas Rate Case

Consumers Counsel of Missouri filed papers Monday, January 14, 2013, to participate in the process in which Laclede Gas Co. is asking to increase the rates it charges customers.  The company is asking for an increase of $48.4 million a year, which will cost the average residential customer $4.93 a month.  The case takes place before the Public Service Commission. As the case proceeds CCM will be asking the public to participate through testimony at public hearings and letters to ...

Chair Gunn Leaving Public Service Commission

St. Louis Beacon, January 16, 2013 The head of the Missouri Public Service Commission will depart from his post later this spring, a move that will cause another vacancy for the powerful agency that regulates the state’s utilities. Kevin Gunn, a Webster Groves native, told the Beacon on Wednesday he will leave the PSC on or around March 1. Among other things, the commission is responsible for deciding utility cases as well as crafting and enforcing various administrative rules. ...

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