Category: Utilities

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 ...

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 ...

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