Blunt calls for public hearings on power outages
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Blunt calls for public hearings on power outages

Date: December 8, 2006
By: Robbie Fisher
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The Governor's suggestion to delay the Ameren UE rate case in favor of finding a power outage prevention strategy has drawn a "no comment" from the Public Service Commission Chairman.  Robbie Fisher has more from the Capitol.

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Public Service Commission Chairman Jeff Davis could not comment on the possible rate case delay, but said the Commission is working with Ameren to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.

Governor Blunt asked the Public Service Commission to hold public hearings on how the power outages can be prevented in the future because two storms in the past six months have caused widespread power losses across eastern Missouri.

Before other steps can be taken, Chairman Davis said the Commission and Ameren needed to determine what parts of the system need to be fixed.

 
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Description: "We need to take a look at the maps for each one of those storms and say, 'OK, where are the areas that have been consistently hit?'"

Davis said these target areas could use several upgrades, which would provide more reliability in the future.

The Ameren rate case is scheduled for January.

From Jefferson City, I'm Robbie Fisher.