Missouri regulators deny streetlight proposal

3 years 2 weeks 4 days ago Thursday, July 31 2014 Jul 31, 2014 Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:18:45 AM CDT July 31, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri utility regulators have denied a proposal from two St. Louis-area cities to purchase streetlights from an electric utility.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to dismiss a proposal from the cities. Ballwin and O'Fallon sought authority to buy streetlights within their boundaries from Ameren Missouri.

The utility charges cities a flat fee for each of the streetlights.

O'Fallon pays Ameren about $1 million annually for the lights. Ballwin pays about $500,000. The cities say they could cut about 80 percent of their annual electric bills by switching to a metered rate based on their electricity use.

The newspaper reports that the commissioners didn't give a reason for their decision.

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