Ameren

Environment - Energy - Coal
4:23 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Environmental proposals defeated at Ameren shareholder meeting

These bottles were on display on a table outside of Powell Hall, where Ameren held its shareholder meeting this morning. They contain creek water from Labadie, Missouri, which supporters of the environmental shareholder proposals say may contain coal ash.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Three Ameren shareholder proposals were voted down today at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in St. Louis.

The proposals sought to have Ameren identify and address environmental problems related to its coal-fired power plants.

Sister Barbara Jennings coordinates the Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, a faith-based advocacy group that seeks to influence the policies of corporations.

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Nuclear plant deal
3:57 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Westinghouse, Ameren seek to develop small modular nuclear reactors in Mo.

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant.

Westinghouse Electric Corporation and St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri will collaborate on developing small modular nuclear reactors, or SMR’s, and will seek to build them at Ameren’s Callaway County plant.

Westinghouse officials say they’ll apply for $452 million in federal funding.  Plans are to build at least one and possibly five SMR's alongside Callaway’s current reactor, and to build more SMR’s at the site for export.  Governor Jay Nixon (D) described the economic potential as enormous.

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Lake of the Ozarks
7:50 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Resolution supporting Lake homeowners passes Mo. House committee

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

A resolution voicing support for embattled homeowners at the Lake of the Ozarks was passed unanimously Tuesday by a Missouri House committee.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gov. Jay Nixon
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon heading to Brazil

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be heading to Brazil on a trade mission later this month.

Nixon planned to announce more details of the trip during news conferences today in Springfield and Independence.

Last year, Missouri businesses sold $323 million worth of products to Brazil, which ranked as the state's 10th largest export market. Nixon's trip to the South American nation comes about six months after he led a trade delegation to China. Missouri's international exports totaled $14.1 billion in 2011, an all-time high.

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Ameren Rate Increase
1:47 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Ameren Missouri seeks 14.6 percent rate hike

(via Flickr/[F]oxymoron)

Updated 5:08 p.m.

Ameren Missouri is seeking approval from state regulators to raise electricity rates by almost 15 percent. Ameren President and CEO Warner Baxter said the company needs the additional $376 million to cover infrastructure upgrades and higher fuel costs. 

"With this electric rate increase filing," he said, "we are simply seeking to recover the costs and investments we have made to meet our customers' expectations for a safe and reliable clean energy." 

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Lake of the Ozarks / Ameren
11:55 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Ameren files plan to resolve shoreline homes issue at Lake of the Ozarks

An aerial view of Lake of the Ozarks.
(via Flickr/John Picken)

Ameren Missouri has filed a plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ensuring that some 1600 homes at the Lake of the Ozarks are not threatened with removal.

The plan revises the shoreline boundary so that most of the homes are not encroaching onto land that is part of Ameren’s Bagnell Dam hydroelectric project. Concerns were raised in July when FERC ordered that structures may need to be removed if they encroach onto the project’s land.

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Ameren Missouri
5:08 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Ameren Missouri plans to boost energy efficiency

(via Flickr/lobo235)

Updated 5:42 p.m. with comment from Ameren.

Ameren Missouri is pledging to increase its energy efficiency programs starting in 2013.

The company's filing today with the Public Service Commission would represent a complete change of course for Ameren, which had cut its energy efficiency programs from $33 million in 2011 down to as low as $5 million this year.

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Ameren Rate Increase
3:08 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Ameren rate increase OK'd; watchdog group will appeal

(via Flickr/Fergus Randall)

Illinois regulators have given Ameren Corp. permission to raise natural gas rates by about $32 million but a watchdog group says it will appeal the decision.

The Illinois Commerce Commission said Wednesday that it will allow Missouri-based Ameren to raise its natural gas rates by 1.2 percent to 5.4 percent depending where customers live. They would go up starting later this month.

The Citizens Utility Board said Thursday it will appeal the decision.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, December 26, 2011

Illinois-based Mead Johnson says another batch of tests done on its Enfamil Premium Newborn Infant formula found no trace of the bacteria tied to the death of a Mo. baby.
Flickr/Nerissa's ring

Tests on infant formula find no trace of deadly bacteria

Illinois-based Mead Johnson says another batch of tests done on its Enfamil Premium Newborn infant formula found no trace of the bacteria tied to the death of a Missouri baby.

Preliminary hospital tests indicated 10-day-old Avery Cornett died Dec. 18 of a rare infection caused by bacteria known as Cronobacter sakazakii. The source of the bacteria hasn't been determined, but it can be found in powdered formula. Avery had consumed Enfamil Newborn formula.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 9, 2011

Former Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is leaving St. Louis to play for the Los Angeles Angels, but his foundation will remain in St. Louis.
Credit: Pujols Family Foundation

Pujols Family Foundation to remain in St. Louis

The iconic Cardinals slugger is signing with the Angels and taking his talents to Los Angeles, raising some concerns about what will happen with the Pujols Family Foundation that benefits people with Down syndrome. But executive director Todd Perry told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch  that the foundation will remain active in St. Louis, though it could expand to include programs in the Los Angeles area. He isn't yet sure if the headquarters will remain in St. Louis.

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