SPRINGFIELD — A little more than a year after receiving a $32 million natural gas rate increase, Ameren Illinois on Friday filed for a $50 million rate hike.
The request, which will be considered by the Illinois Commerce Commission, likely will take about 11 months to decide.
If the ICC approves the entire amount requested, a typical Ameren Illinois residential customer who uses 785 therms of natural gas per year and who lives in the old Illinois Power Co. territory — which includes Champaign-Urbana and Danville — would pay an additional $2.87 per month. That customer's annual bill would increase from the current $808 to $846.
The rate increase is intended to help the utility recover costs associated with the delivery of natural gas "whether it's replacing pipe, modernizing equipment, replacing regulator stations," said utility spokesman Leigh Morris. "This does not include the gas. Gas is a pass-through charge, and that changes every month."
Gas customers who live in the old CIPS territory would pay about $2.52 per month more and also would pay about $846 a year if the ICC approves the entire rate increase requested.
"We have filed this delivery service rate case to assure our ongoing financial ability to provide a safe and reliable energy delivery system that will accommodate future economic growth and development," said Craig Nelson, senior vice president of Ameren Illinois. "We understand the impact a delivery service rate increase may have on our customers and will continue to help our customers better manage their energy spending through our Act On Energy program."
Natural gas delivery service rates were last increased on Jan. 20, 2012. The ICC approved a $32 million rate increase, although Ameren Illinois originally had asked for $51 million.
Ameren Illnois has 813,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois.
More information about Ameren's proposed natural gas delivery service rate case is available at IllinoisRateFacts.com.