ICC orders rate cut for Ameren

The Illinois Commerce Commission has ordered Ameren to cut its electric delivery rate by nearly $50 million.

That decision was approved by commission by a vote of 3 to 2 on Wednesday.

Ameren had initially proposed a reduction of $19.3 million from its current revenue from delivery service rates.  The ICC is ordering the utility company to cut the rate by $48.1 million.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said the utility company is disappointed by the decision and that the commission is not following the law.



The delivery rate decrease from the commission's decision applies to rates from October through December of this year.  Morris said another decision by the commission, which is expected in December, will determine the new delivery rates beginning in January.
 

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urbana1234 wrote on September 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Glad the state isn't entirely made up of a bunch of yes men.

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Good news, and bad news regarding Ameren this week.  The Illinois Pollution Control Board in a 4 to 0 vote gave Ameren a 5 year delay to 2020 in meeting the standards for sulfur dioxide emissions from Illinois coal plants.  Ameren agreed in 2006 to meet the new standards by 2015.  Now, they have 8 more years to do it.  Illinois coal is high in sulfur content.  When the U of I power plant was running full out in the past, the cars in the local area had paint eaten off within a few days if not washed immediately.  Ameren got a $48 million rate cut; but Ameren made out better by getting 8 more years of burning high emission sulfur coal. 

fuddrules wrote on September 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

>>When the U of I power plant was running full out in the past, the cars in the local area had paint eaten off within a few days if not washed immediately.  Ameren got a $48 million rate cut; but Ameren made out better by getting 8 more years of burning high emission sulfur coal<<


LOL - you do realize the U of I plant has a stack.  Those SO2 emissions blow well beyond the local area.  Car paint was not being eaten up by SO2 emissions from U of I.  It's also a U of I plant, not Ameren.


Ameren also has many of their power plants using low sulphur western coal, not IL coal.


So much for that theory.

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

fuddrules;  My point was that the U of I used high content sulphur coal in the past.  Of course, it is not an Ameren plant!  When the U of I stacks belched on a raininy, or misty day, the cars in the local area were covered with droplets of a tar composed of sulphur, and coal.  The U of I paid for paint jobs on the cars one time because of that.  I know that for a fact because my car was one of the cars repainted.  Read yesterday's news in the Springfield Register Journal.  Ameren may have "many of their power plants using low sulphur coal"; but many in Illinois use sulphur coal.  Do some homework, read the news, and don't question someone with personal experience!  Now, LOL!   

EL YATIRI wrote on September 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm
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Jaw-dropping

Sid Saltfork wrote on September 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

Yep.  What is really jaw-dropping is looking at the Ameren "campaign donations" to the state legislators.  One local Republican legislator received over $8,000.00 in "campaign donations" before the last Ameren rate hike.  Check them out on the State of Illinois website.

"Illinois politicians are the best that money can buy!"