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Electrical Rates
10:38 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Stakes High For Missouri Electricity Customers In Battle Between Ameren And Noranda

Ameren power plant
Credit (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

Conducted by Missouri’s Public Service Commission (PSC), which oversees utilities, the 6 p.m. hearing will center on two dueling narratives:

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Electric Rates/Infrastructure
3:48 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate

Mo. Capitol at night
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.

Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.  Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.

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Utility rates
3:14 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Bill Allowing Electric Rate Changes Tied To Infrastructure Passes Mo. Sen. Committee

An Ameren Missouri power plant near Labadie, Mo.
Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate energy committee has advanced legislation that would let power companies seek permission for an infrastructure surcharge.

Under legislation approved by the committee with two dissenting votes Wednesday, power companies could seek to levy the surcharge between formal rate cases.

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4:51 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Have unpaid electric bills? State heat law will keep your power on

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Triple-digit temperatures means Missouri utilities cannot shut off customers' electricity for unpaid bills.

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.

Officials reported scattered complaints Thursday about some utilities seeking to disconnect customers' power. The Public Service Commission says it is not aware of anyone whose electricity was turned off.


Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
2:55 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Quinn wants probe of voting by absent legislators

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Pat Quinn wants the "monkey business" of absentee voting by Illinois lawmakers investigated after the
Illinois House overrode his veto on legislation that will raise electric rates to pay to modernize the state's power grid.

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Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
4:34 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Ill. lawmakers OK electricity measure despite veto

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Updated 4:38 with more information about the legislation.

Illinois lawmakers have approved major changes to the state's electricity system over Gov. Pat Quinn's veto.

Both the House and Senate voted to override the governor Wednesday.

They rejected Quinn's argument that the legislation guarantees unfair profits to power companies and seriously weakens the oversight power of state regulators.

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Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
3:51 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Ill. Senate OKs changes to electricity measure

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

The Illinois Senate has approved changes intended to help revive electricity legislation vetoed by the governor.

The changes passed 37-20 Tuesday, despite opposition from Gov. Pat Quinn.

At issue is a plan to let power companies raise rates to pay for infrastructure improvements, including high-tech changes called "Smart Grid." Critics say the plan guarantees unfair profits and weakens state regulators.

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Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
12:50 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Quinn urges lawmakers to uphold his veto regarding utility rate hikes

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Reporting from WCBU's Denise Molina-Weiger used in this report.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn is traveling the state urging lawmakers to uphold his veto 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’ power grid.

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Illinois Electric Rates / Pat Quinn
12:05 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Quinn throws "off switch" with veto on bill to raise Ill. electric rates

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Updated 1:25 p.m.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has followed through on his promise to veto legislation electric utilities fought hard to pass.  Quinn says it would be too costly for power customers.

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Illinois Electric Rates
2:33 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Lawmakers send electric rate bill to Gov. Quinn

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Legislation to raise electric rates to help pay to modernize the state's power grid is on its way to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has repeatedly promised to veto it because of the burden it places on consumers.

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