Ameren customers in Missouri to pay more on electric bills
COLUMBIA - All of Ameren's one million-plus customers in Missouri are going to start paying more for electrical service after it made the decision to increase rates this week.
The average customer will see a $6.50-$7.00 increase on his or her monthly bill; however, not all of that money is going straight to Ameren.
From that increase, $1 a month will go toward saving Noranda, an aluminum company that has been pushing for a subsidy for the last couple years, on their electrical bill. The Public Service Commission passed the deal and has not commented at this time.
Ameren didn't want this additional $1 increase to its service; executives believe it is a bailout for Noranda.
Warren Wood, Ameren's VIP of External Affairs and Communications, said the company "strongly oppose[s]" this new increase.
Wood also stated four major investments the company is making led to the decision to increase electrical rates:
- Solar Power - Ameren is trying to move into cleaner sources of energy. It will use the O'Fallon Renewable Energy Center to start doing that with solar power.
- Clean Air Equipment - Labadie Energy Center in Franklin County requires upkeep in order to further reduce emissions and make the air cleaner.
- Replacement of Obsolete Substations - Ameren said building new substations and upgrading existing substations will allow the company to provide more dependable service.
- Carbon-Free Energy - The reactor vessel head at Callaway Energy Center needs to be replaced in order to ensure its continued safe and reliable operation.