Public Service Commission approves rate increases for AmerenUE
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Public Service Commission approves rate increases for AmerenUE

Date: January 27, 2009
By: Rebecca Beitsch
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Rate increases are on the way from AmerenUE.

Rebecca Beitsch (b-EYE-ch) has more from the capitol. 

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The Public Service Commission approved rate increases requested by AmerenUE.

Commission Chairman Robert Clayton said he voted against the request because it was set to high and could pass other costs onto consumers.

 

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Description: I disagreed at the level at which it was set. And I also disagreed with the fuel adjustment clause which was set up, and that basically enables Ameren to pass through 95 percent of their fuel expenses, and I didn't believe that was appropriate in the current economic climate.


The request passed 3 to 2. The commission estimates the average bill to go up 5 dollars and 88 cents per month.

From the capitol, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, 1120 KMOX News.


Intro: The Public Service Commission has approved rate increases for AmerenUE.

Rebecca Beitsch (b-EYE-ch) has more from the capitol. 

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The Public Service Commission voted to approve the rate increases requested by AmerenUE. The company will now have an extra 162.6 million dollars in revenue. PCS Chairman Robert Clayton voted against the measure, citing a trend of rate increase requests in recent years.  

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Description: But in recent years it seems like every utility has been in every other year or possibly every year and this is a rate case a rate increase that is being passed on that is the second in three years I believe. So it is not uncommon any more. 


The PCS said the average residential bill will go up by 5 dollars and 88 cents. The measure passed 3 to 2.

From the capitol, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, 1120, KMOX News.


Intro: The Public Service Commission has approved rate increases for AmerenUE.

Rebecca Beitsch (b-EYE-ch) has more from the capitol. 

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The Public Service Commission approved a rate increase requested by AmerenUE that will give the company an extra 162.6 million in revenue. Ameren spokesman Mike Clary said this will help the company improve their services.

 

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Description: Well we felt that those costs were appropriate because they're aimed at ensuring reliable services for our customers in the future. And this was a process aimed at preserving the option to build another nuclear plant should we chose to do that.

The PCS estimates the average residential bill will go up by 5 dollars and 88 cents. The measure passed 3 to 2.

From the capitol, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, 1120 KMOX News.


Intro: The Public Service Commission has approved rate increases for AmerenUE.

Rebecca Beitsch (b-EYE-ch) has more from the capitol. 

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AmerenUE will now receive 162.6 million extra revenue dollars now that its request for an increase was approved by the Public Service Commission.

Commissioner Jeff Davis said he voted to increase rates after weighing consumer needs with the profitability of the company.

His reservations regarded the no votes.

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Description: Now my concern is that the people that voted against this order were not basing their decision on the facts. They were basing their decision on what they thought would be acceptable to the public.

The PSC estimates residential bills will go up by almost 6 dollars.

The increase passed 3 to 2.

From the capitol, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, 1120 KMOX News.