Ameren announced plans last year to string six electric vehicle charging stations between St. Louis and Jefferson City. The pilot project was intended to gauge whether the effort would help boost the number of electric vehicle drivers in surrounding counties, relative to other areas. Seems like a good idea.
One snag: Ameren, a monopoly utility company, would be able to recover the cost of building those stations by spreading the costs across their base of residential consumers.
The MO Public Service Commission blocked this plan by exercising restraint in jurisdiction over the new technology in a 4-1 vote. This decision means that Ameren and other regulated utilites can build stations but will not be able to recover the costs of construction of those stations through rate increases of their residential customers.
We commend the PSC. Read more here.