electric rates http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Stakes High For Missouri Electricity Customers In Battle Between Ameren And Noranda http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stakes-high-missouri-electricity-customers-battle-between-ameren-and-noranda <p>On Tuesday night at Harris Stowe University, St. Louis area residents will finally get a chance to weigh in on a utility battle that – one way or another -- will likely affect how much they pay for electricity.</p><p>Conducted by Missouri’s Public Service Commission (PSC), which oversees utilities, the 6 p.m. hearing will center on two dueling narratives:</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:38:38 +0000 Jo Mannies 36816 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stakes High For Missouri Electricity Customers In Battle Between Ameren And Noranda Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legislation-allow-surcharge-electric-system-upgrades-stalls-mo-senate <p>Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.</p><p>Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&amp;L)&nbsp;make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement&nbsp;Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.&nbsp; Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 08:48:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26008 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate Bill Allowing Electric Rate Changes Tied To Infrastructure Passes Mo. Sen. Committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-allowing-electric-rate-changes-tied-infrastructure-passes-mo-sen-committee <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">A Missouri Senate energy committee has advanced legislation that would let power companies seek permission for an infrastructure surcharge.</font></font></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Under legislation approved by the committee with two dissenting votes Wednesday, power companies could seek to levy the surcharge between formal rate cases.</span></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:14:08 +0000 The Associated Press 9487 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill Allowing Electric Rate Changes Tied To Infrastructure Passes Mo. Sen. Committee Have unpaid electric bills? State heat law will keep your power on http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/have-unpaid-electric-bills-state-heat-law-will-keep-your-power-0 <p>Triple-digit temperatures means Missouri utilities cannot shut off customers&#39; electricity for unpaid bills.</p><p>Missouri regulators said Friday that state law ensures consumers cannot have their electricity turned off during extreme heat. The policy kicks in when forecasts call for temperatures above 95 or a heat index above 105 degrees.</p><p>Officials reported scattered complaints Thursday about some utilities seeking to disconnect customers&#39; power. The Public Service Commission says it is not aware of anyone whose electricity was turned off.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:51:54 +0000 The Associated Press 4019 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Have unpaid electric bills? State heat law will keep your power on Quinn wants probe of voting by absent legislators http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-wants-probe-voting-absent-legislators <p>Gov. Pat Quinn wants the &quot;monkey business&quot; of absentee voting by Illinois lawmakers investigated after the<br /><a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-lawmakers-ok-electricity-measure-despite-veto">Illinois House overrode his veto</a> on legislation that will raise electric rates to pay to modernize the state&#39;s power grid.</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:55:33 +0000 The Associated Press 2363 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn wants probe of voting by absent legislators Ill. lawmakers OK electricity measure despite veto http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-lawmakers-ok-electricity-measure-despite-veto <p><em>Updated 4:38 with more information about the legislation.</em></p><p>Illinois lawmakers have approved major changes to the state&#39;s electricity system over <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-throws-switch-veto-bill-raise-ill-electric-rates">Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s veto</a>.</p><p>Both the House and Senate voted to override the governor Wednesday.</p><p>They rejected Quinn&#39;s argument that the legislation guarantees unfair profits to power companies and seriously weakens the oversight power of state regulators.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:34:52 +0000 The Associated Press 2338 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. lawmakers OK electricity measure despite veto Ill. Senate OKs changes to electricity measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-oks-changes-electricity-measure <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Amanda Vinicky used in this report.</em></p><p>The Illinois Senate has approved changes intended to help revive electricity legislation vetoed by the governor.</p><p>The changes passed 37-20 Tuesday, despite opposition from Gov. Pat Quinn.</p><p>At issue is a plan to let power companies raise rates to pay for infrastructure improvements, including high-tech changes called &quot;Smart Grid.&quot; Critics say the plan guarantees unfair profits and weakens state regulators.</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:51:10 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 2325 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate OKs changes to electricity measure Quinn urges lawmakers to uphold his veto regarding utility rate hikes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-urges-lawmakers-uphold-his-veto-regarding-utility-rate-hikes <p><em>Reporting from WCBU&#39;s Denise Molina-Weiger used in this report.</em></p><p>Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn is traveling the state urging lawmakers to uphold <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-throws-switch-veto-bill-raise-ill-electric-rates">his veto</a> on a measure that allows Ameren and ComEd to automatically raise electric rates on consumers. The utilities say the rate increases are necessary to help pay for modernizing Illinois&rsquo; power grid.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:50:21 +0000 WCBU 2202 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn urges lawmakers to uphold his veto regarding utility rate hikes Quinn throws "off switch" with veto on bill to raise Ill. electric rates http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-throws-switch-veto-bill-raise-ill-electric-rates <p><strong>Updated 1:25 p.m. </strong></p><p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Sean Crawford used in this report.</em></p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has followed through on his promise to veto <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1652&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegId=57620&amp;SessionID=84">legislation </a>electric utilities fought hard to pass.&nbsp; Quinn says it would be too costly for power customers.</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:05:45 +0000 The Associated Press 2034 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn throws "off switch" with veto on bill to raise Ill. electric rates Lawmakers send electric rate bill to Gov. Quinn http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-send-electric-rate-bill-gov-quinn <p><a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1652&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegId=57620&amp;SessionID=84">Legislation to raise electric rates to help pay to modernize the state&#39;s power grid</a> is on its way to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has repeatedly promised to veto it because of the burden it places on consumers.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:33:49 +0000 The Associated Press 1955 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawmakers send electric rate bill to Gov. Quinn