Lake-area customers of Ameren Missouri will have to travel to Jefferson City if they have anything to say about the company’s proposed rate increase.


The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold 14 local public hearings in February/March in an electric rate case filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri, but the closest for the more than 35,000 customers in the lake area  is March 2 in Jefferson City.  The hearing will be held at the Missouri Public Service Commission, Governor Office Building, Room 310, 200 Madison Street. 


Lake-area customers of Ameren Missouri will have to travel to Jefferson City if they have anything to say about the company’s proposed rate increase.

The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold 14 local public hearings in February/March in an electric rate case filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri, but the closest for the more than 35,000 customers in the lake area  is March 2 in Jefferson City.  The hearing will be held at the Missouri Public Service Commission, Governor Office Building, Room 310, 200 Madison Street.   

A PSC staff public information/question and answer session will start at 11:30 a.m. with the local public hearing and the taking of sworn testimony to follow.

On Sept. 3, 2010, Ameren Missouri filed an electric rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric operating revenues by approximately $263 million.  For the average residential customer the proposed increase would be approximately $9.30.  

Ameren Missouri’s filing also includes a request to continue its fuel adjustment clause that reflects changes in the cost of fuel used to generate electricity on customers’ bills through a separately-identified surcharge or credit outside a general rate case.

Formal evidentiary hearings in this rate case are scheduled for April 26-29, 2011, May 2-6, 2011, and May 10-13, 2011 in Jefferson City.

Ameren Missouri’s most recent electric rate increase amounted to $229.6 million, or 10.4 percent overall, and became effective June 21, 2010.  The utility had filed it 11 months earlier. 

This was Ameren Missouri’s third electric rate increase since 2007.  

“Prior to 2007, our electric rates had not increased since 1987,” according to Ameren Missouri spokesman Mike Cleary.  “Our current residential electric rates are the lowest of any investor-owned utility in Missouri and about 35 percent below the national average.”

Cleary said the rate increase is necessary for Ameren Missouri to continue to provide more reliable service and cleaner air at a reasonable cost to customers.

For the average customer the increase, if approved will amount to about 31 cents per day.
Ameren Missouri serves Eldon, Versailles, Lake Ozark and Osage Beach.