Noranda gets discount, Ameren customers will see rate hike
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Noranda gets discount, Ameren customers will see rate hike

Date: April 29, 2015
By: Matt Kalish
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
If you're one of Ameren Missouri's 1.2 million customers, you'll be paying extra money on your electric bill in the near future.
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Wrap: The Public Service Commission approved a propsal by Ameren to give Noranda, the utlities' largest customer, a discount on its electric bill while raising rates for over a million consumers.

P-S-C Chairman Robert Kenney says the move was the best for consumers.

Actuality:  KIN1.WAV
Run Time:  00:10
Description: Consumers would be worse off with Ameren, with Noranda off Ameren's system than they would be with Noranda recieving a slight rate increase.

The company is Ameren's largest customer.

Reporting from the state capitol in Jefferson City, I'm Matt Kalish, NewsRadio 1120, KMOX.

Intro: 
1.2 million Ameren customers will pay more on their electric bills to help pay for an aluminum smelter for one Missouri company.
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Wrap: The proposal approved by the Public Service Commission Wednesday morning would give Noranda a discount, but raise rates for over a million customers across Missouri.

Robert Kenney is the chairman of the P-S-C.

 

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Run Time:  00:12
Description: What we've done is weight whether residential consumers would be better or worse with the largest industrial consumer leaving the system.

Kenney says the average consumer will see a dollar increase each month. 

Reporting from the State Capitol in Jefferson City, I'm Matt Kalish, NewsRadio 1120, KMOX.

Intro: 
A million Ameren Missouri costumers will be paying more to help keep the company's largest customer in business.
RunTime:  0:31
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Wrap: A newly approved plan would make consumers pay an extra dollar every month to give Noranda a lower rate on their electricity.

Chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission Robert Kenney said the deal will save consumers money.

Actuality:  KIN3.WAV
Run Time:  00:03
Description: It's pennies versus dollars, it's cents versus dollars.

Noranda had threatened to shut down its smelter if they didn't get a deal on electricity, which Ameren says would cost consumers more than raising rates now.

Reporting from the State Capitol in Jefferson City, I'm Matt Kalish, NewsRadio 1120, KMOX.

Intro: 
A deal to cut the rate of Ameren Missouri's largest customer will mean a higher electric bill for over a million consumers.
RunTime:  0:37
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Wrap: 1.2 million Ameren Missouri customers will be paying a little more on their electric bills to keep Noranda, an aluminum producer, in business.

Dustin Allison, the attorney charged lobbying for the public in front of the Public Service Commission, says it's actually a good deal for consumers.

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Run Time:  00:08
Description: This order's actually a fairly good order for consumers. The minimum monthly charge on a residential consumers' bill will stay the same. Ameren wanted to increase that.

Staff at the P-S-C say without the deal, Noranda would have shut down its smelter leading Ameren to raise rates even more.

Reporting from the state capitol in Jefferson City, I'm Matt Kalish, NewsRadio 1120, KMOX.


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