Ameren

nuclear energy
7:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

NRC freezes nuclear power licenses until waste issues are addressed

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a freeze on issuing licenses for new plants and 20-year renewals for existing ones following a ruling by a federal Appeals Court.

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in June that the practice of allowing nuclear plants to store spent fuel rods on site doesn’t meet federal environmental standards.  The decision in essence bars the awarding of any new licenses until the industry begins addressing the problem of storing nuclear waste.

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Ameren
2:37 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Ameren gets approval for 'most aggressive' energy efficiency plan ever in Mo.

(via Flickr/spacepleb)

Missouri utility regulators have given approval for what Ameren Missouri calls the most aggressive energy efficiency plan ever in the state.

Under the plan approved Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission, Ameren will invest $147 million over three years in several programs that seek to reduce electricity use by 800 million megawatt-hours.

The plan was part of a negotiated settlement among Ameren, PSC staff, consumer advocates and environmental groups.

Lake of the Ozarks
12:45 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Congresswoman looks to limit authority of FERC

Aerial view of the Lake of the Ozarks
(via Flickr/John Picken)

A U.S. Representative from southwest Missouri wants to reduce federal authority over hydroelectric projects.

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Nuclear Power
3:42 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Local task force assigned to Ameren, Westinghouse nuclear project

Ameren Missouri's Callaway County plant near Fulton. Ameren and Westinghouse Electric Co. have a plan in the works to build up to five smaller nuclear reactors near the Callaway facility.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced the formation of a task force to help Missouri land a federal grant to build small modular nuclear reactors, or SMR’s.

The task force is made up of officials from counties adjacent to Ameren Missouri’s Callaway County nuclear plant, which would build the reactors in a joint project with Westinghouse.  Nixon says it’s important to have input from local-level officials.

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Energy efficiency plan
7:52 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Ameren Missouri discusses efficiency plan w/ Mo. PSC

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Public Service Commission heard details Monday on Ameren Missouri’s proposed efficiency plan.

The proposal is designed to promote energy efficiency while still allowing the St. Louis-based utility to earn a profit.  It has an estimated price tag of $145 million and it would be paid by the utility’s customers, whose residential bills on average would be about $3 a month higher.  But Ameren Missouri’s Warren Wood says if approved, customers would save money in the long run.

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Morning Round-Up
6:58 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, July 5, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Federal government will not fund reservoir repairs

The federal government has rejected a request from Ameren Missouri to receive stimulus funds for rebuilding the Taum Sauk reservoir that ruptured in 2005.

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Heat Wave
7:54 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Ameren Missouri says it can take the heat

(via Flickr/Jack W. Reid)

Thermostats turned to extra low and the blistering heat has put added stress on Ameren Missouri's power system.

There have been a handful of small power outages throughout the region, but so far nothing major.  And looking at a week of triple digit high temperatures, Ameren Missouri says it’s ready to take on the extended heat wave.

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Callaway Nuclear Power Plant
4:41 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Another legal objection filed against Callaway nuclear renewal

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant.

Ameren's request to renew the operating license for its Callaway Nuclear Power Plant with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, for the next 20 years, has garnered another legal challenge.

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Business
12:56 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Cisel out, Mark in as Chairman, President and CEO of Ameren Illinois

Richard Mark has been named the new chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois.
(via Ameren Illinois)

Ameren Illinois has a new Chairman, President and CEO. Effective immediately, Richard Mark, 57, replaces Scott Cisel, who has "left the company to pursue other interests."

The move is an internal one for Ameren, as Mark jumps over the Mississippi from his former post as senior vice president of customer operations for Ameren Missouri. He's been with the company since 2002.

Shifting into Mark's old spot is Michael Moehn, who will leave a similar post at Ameren Illinois.

 

 

Nuclear Power
12:07 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Ameren, Westinghouse, regulators talk nuclear energy expansion plan

Ameren Missouri's Callaway County plant near Fulton. Ameren and Westinghouse Electric Co. have a plan in the works to build up to five smaller nuclear reactors near the Callaway facility.

Executives from Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse presented their plans today to the state Public Service Commission for pursuing grants to build small nuclear reactors.

The two companies have teamed up to pursue up to $452 million from Washington to build up to five Small Modular Reactors, or SMR’s, at Ameren’s Callaway County plant Joseph Zwetolitz is President of the Americas division of Westinghouse.  He says SMR’s would be safer than the traditional nuclear reactor.

“This reactor is almost entirely underground, which provides an additional level of safety, with regards to potential postulated accidents, deliberate attacks, tornadoes, those kind of things," Zwetolitz said.

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