Ameren Includes New, Questionable Costs In Customer Fuel Charge

St. Louis Beacon, December 11, 2012

Even though Missouri law bars utilities from charging their customers for construction projects that haven’t produced any power, Ameren Missouri has tacked $10 million onto Missouri customers’ bills for power lines that it hasn’t even started to build yet.

The utility estimates that this cost will increase to $53 million by 2016.

The Public Service Commission staff and Office of Public Counsel, which represents the ratepayer in these hearings, had been unaware of a significant portion of these charges until after they had begun to flow into the customers’ bills.

On Wednesday, the PSC approved a $260 million rate increase for Ameren Missouri, about two-thirds of what the company had sought. The hike goes into effect Jan. 2.

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