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Ameren Missouri seeks 14.6 percent rate increase

Sunday, February 5, 2012

ST. LOUIS -- Customers of Ameren Missouri would see their average monthly electric bills rise about $14 under a rate increase proposal filed Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Ameren Missouri asked regulators to raise electric rates by $376 million, or 14.6 percent. Company leaders said the increase is necessary to pay for work to reduce outages, infrastructure upgrades and environmental improvements, as well as to offset higher fuel costs. A consumer group said the increase would create a hardship for many struggling Missouri families.

The PSC could take up to 11 months to review the request. Ameren Missouri serves customers in the St. Louis region and parts of eastern, central and southern Missouri.

Warner Baxter, chairman, president and chief executive officer for St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri, said the utility has spent $3.2 billion since 2007 to upgrade an aging infrastructure, including millions on a tree-trimming program to help prevent outages. Air pollution near power plants is being reduced.

"Our customers have consistently told us that reliability is their highest priority and that they also want cleaner air," Baxter said. "Over the last several years, we have made significant investments in our infrastructure that are producing results."

If approved, the increase would be Ameren's fifth in six years. But Baxter said the money has been well-spent, citing 27 percent drops in both the number of outages and in sulfur emissions. Meanwhile, he said, power plant performance has improved.

But Joan Bray, president of the Consumers Council of Missouri, said the latest rate increase is stunning given the struggles of the economy.

"This would be another blow to consumers," said Bray, a former state lawmaker from suburban St. Louis. "It almost takes my breath away.

"We will be making every effort to try to get the best deal we can out of this for the consumers because we have been hit hard, and at a terrible time for everybody's pocketbook," she said.

Ameren officials said budget billing and energy assistance programs are available for needy customers.

Baxter said the company's electric rate increases haven't kept pace with inflation over the past two decades.

Ameren's current electric costs, he said, are just 12 percent higher than 1991 -- inflation in general is up 65 percent nationwide over that same period. And he also said Ameren's rate is 16 percent less than the average rate in neighboring states.

Lewis Mills, the state public counsel who represents customers before PSC, was out of the office Friday and did not return a message seeking comment.

Ameren said the rate increase would break down this way:

* $85 million for investments that have already improved reliability and helped the company comply with environmental and renewable energy regulations.

* $103 million to offset higher fuel costs.

* $81 million for recently proposed energy-efficiency programs that the company believes will provide $500 million in customer benefits over the next two decades.

The remainder for other cost increases related to things such as materials and employee benefits.

Baxter said Ameren has been cutting costs since the recession hit in 2008 in an effort to keep rates down. He said 2011 expenditures were more than $300 million less than in 2008. About 340 jobs were eliminated last year through a voluntary severance program.

Among Ameren's recent projects is a Renewable Energy Center in suburban St. Louis that will take methane gas from decaying trash at a landfill and use it to generate renewable electricity -- enough to meet the needs of about 10,000 homes.

Ameren is also seeking to recover costs from several major storms, including an April tornado that tore through St. Louis County.


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GEEZE!! WHERE'S MY 14% RAISE?????

-- Posted by ugguggugg on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 1:21 PM

"Customers of Ameren Missouri would see their average monthly electric bills rise about $14 under a rate increase proposal filed Friday."

So, if your average bill is $100, that's a $14 increase. For the other 98% of the customer base, that's about a $30-$35/month increase. I'd jump for joy if my Ameren bill was only $100. And I've got a small house...

-- Posted by Iceburg on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 1:27 PM

Post your complaints about ridiculous rate increases where they may count.

https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/complai...

Missouri Public Service Commission

PO Box 360

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Attention: Consumer Services Department

Toll-free number at 800-392-4211

-- Posted by whom on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 1:36 PM

How many times can you use the higher fuel cost card? Isn't it cheaper now than in the recent past?

-- Posted by Responder1 on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 2:14 PM

Ameren enough with your constant rate increases we have hard working middle class people out here that have not had a raise in four years but you people come with your hand out every time. What about the middle class families can they qualify for engery assistance like you have for the needy the middle class pay checks are gone because of your Corporate consistent rate increases. Public Service Commission turn them down on this the people have had enough. You trim down that high dollar labor force you got you might have some money to operate with.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 3:49 PM

my ekectric bill runs 250 a month so yeah stop with the increases seriously

-- Posted by judgment82 on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 4:30 PM

"Baxter said Ameren has been cutting costs since the recession hit in 2008 in an effort to keep rates down. He said 2011 expenditures were more than $300 million less than in 2008."

If expenditures are down and revenues are up why do you need an increase?

You say you need 266 million to cover planned increased costs as compared to 2008 or 2011 expenditures? Please explain.

-- Posted by yy4me on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 4:34 PM

Obama said on November 2nd, 2008:

"So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."

He said his plan would be to charge them huge sums. And you want to know why they are raising rates? There are numerous stories where the EPA is fining and charging Ameren big money. Maybe this is one campaign promise Obama will keep - to raise our gasoline and utilities high enough where we will buy electric cars and put windmills in our back yard. If you voted for him, you are getting what you asked for.

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 4:50 PM

Average cost of fossil fuels 1999-2010 used in electric power generation - http://www.eia.gov/electricity/annual/pd... Consider that Ameren is heavily invested in coal-based plants, with natural gas-based plants coming on strong.

Average retail price by state and utility: Residential Sector, 2010 -

http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_rev... Missouri utilities are on pp23-24 with AmerenMissouri showing up under their old name of Union Electric.

"If approved, the increase would be Ameren's fifth in six years". Eh, yeah OK, but.... - from http://www.ameren.com/AboutAmeren/Docume... - "In 2007, Ameren Missouri was granted a 2.1% overall electric rate increase of approximately $43 million. Until the 2007 increase, Ameren Missouri had not had an electric rate increase since 1987.

On March 1, 2009, a 7.8% rate increase of approximately $162 million took effect for Ameren Missouri electric customers.

In July 2009, Ameren Missouri filed a $402 million revenue request for an electric rate increase with the Missouri Public Service Commission (MoPSC), which in May 2010, approved a $226 million increase -- a 10% electric rate increase for customers.

In September 2010, Ameren Missouri requested a $263 million increase; in July 2011, the MoPSC authorized a $173 million rate increase, an approximate 9.6% increase for customers."

Suggest the interesting observation in the above clip is the twenty years from 1987 to 2007 without a rate increase. Or, from the above percentages, rates are 32.7% higher now than in 2006, with another 14.6% or more likely a significant portion thereof to be added on in Jan 2013.

Ameren's news release about the rate increase- http://ameren.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=...

Current residential rate schedule - http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Rates/Do...

Proposed residential rate schedule - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/CommonC... -- note the big jump in the proposed flat-rate customer charge / meter fee too, from $8 per month to $12.

toughford has already posted the link for comments about the rate increase. From past observations, less than 1% bother to voice their opinions - about 1,000 or so comments tallied out of the 1.2 million claimed customers. An alternate path for comment is https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/DocketS..., refer to Case Number ER-2012-0166.

A-n-d, GO! :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 5:43 PM

.....as my family took a 40% pay cut.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 5:55 PM

Our electric bill for January was the highest we have had in eight years and it has been a mild winter. Ameren, take some money, put up solar panels and windmills and start generating some energy that will benefit all of us.

-- Posted by stardog on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 6:42 PM

Suggest Ameren's service area is not a prime spot for windpower - http://rredc.nrel.gov/wind/pubs/atlas/ma...

Solar ain't so great either - http://www.c2es.org/technology/factsheet...

Investments in either will likely have higher resulting capital costs per kilowatt-hour than those generally trumpeted by the proponents.

Based on temperatures and rates, one's highest-ever bills for those with electric heating should have been last winter, specifically the bill covering the December 2010 period.

Don't know the specific situation and basing solely on immediate costs and not the intangible 'well-being' and resulting claimed health effects to the populace, just speculating based on saved data here.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 7:52 PM

BS! Let Citizens bid on our grid and compete with this Ameren Company out of Illinois!!

-- Posted by vietnamvet on Fri, Feb 3, 2012, at 9:10 PM

ahhhh, the argument for deregulation rears its head again.

From a somewhat dated report (ca. 2007)- http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/workshops/energym... - "As a result, the average price in the twelve deregulated states is 13.4 cents per kilowatt-hour, 48% higher than the 9.1 cents in the 38 regulated states."

Not that deregulation won't ever work, just that general history shows that it hasn't...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 7:40 AM

Link to public comments submitted thus far - 28 total - PSC website - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 9:41 AM

Deregulation DOES work! I want "bids" to compete for the grid that we live in! Citizens? Wake up and get proposing....

-- Posted by vietnamvet on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 12:11 PM

From the link yielding the average retail price by state and utility: Residential Sector, 2010 - http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_rev...

Black River Electric Coop - 8.95 cents/KWH

Citizens Electric Corp - 12.37 cents/KWH

City of Jackson - 11.17 cents/KWH

City of Sikeston - 4.54 cents/KWH

SEMO Electric Coop - 9.12 cents/KWH

Southern Illinois Electric Coop - 12.71 cents/KWH

Union Electric Co (AmerenMissouri) - 8.15 cents/KWH

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Even if the markets were deregulated, not sure I'd want Citizens bidding ... but then again, I just might be the one looking at this all wrong.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 12:48 PM

fxpwt---So which member of your family works for Ameren?

-- Posted by bluejay_fan_natic20 on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 1:39 PM

Never been impressed with Ameren or many of its employees. They offer little to their customers and very little to new customers. Most of their repairs are hurried and temporary! Good luck if they come back and permanetly fix any issues.

I can think of no justification what so ever for any rate increase. Storms or no storms, this increase is completely out of line as well as out of touch.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 2:15 PM

"average monthly electric bills rise about $14" - Suggest a point that always seems to be overlooked with these rate cases - given the sales / usage tax rate of 8.25%, such a rate increase would present an additional 'average' $1.16 or so per month flowing into the various government coffers, too.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Feb 4, 2012, at 4:43 PM

Ameren labor cost is what is eating them up, high union wages $50.00 to $70.00 per hour not counting the over time and double time, they are about the way the three major U.S. car manufactures were before downsizing and contracts were re-adjusted.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Feb 5, 2012, at 9:04 AM

hmmmm, already up to 36 comments out of 1.2 million electric customers - whoo hoo!https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resources/PublicComments/PC_result.asp?caseno2=ER-2012-0166

For a trip down memory lane, here is a link to almost all of the AmerenMissouri / AmerenUE / UnionElectric residential rate schedules dating back to the original issue from 1959. We are now on the 39th revision with the 40th revision being the upcoming proposed rate increase. Presented in reverse chronological order, starting at about p. 28 of 66.

https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/CommonC...

Ain't the Internet wunnerful? :-)

-- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Feb 6, 2012, at 5:42 PM

I'm OK with this raise. Electricity is cheap as it is. If you have a high bill this winter, might I suggest you go around to all the windows and close them. It's one of the warmest winters on record. For the record, my house is 2800 sq feet and I pay $131 per month, which is the budget bill reflecting last Summer's heat wave.

-- Posted by Beaker on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 11:58 AM

Because enquiring minds wanted to know -- went back and tried to figure up the bills through the years based on an assumed consumption rate of 1,000 KWH during a given summer month and 2,000 KWH during a given winter month, due to a presumed all-electric household. A consideration not taken into account is how household electric consumption has changed through the years, but eh, well, had to start somewheres.

Any sales / usage taxes were not included since the specific rates were not known throughout the period, and also any fuel adjustments are not included since they are included in some but not all of the schedules and never specifically spelled out.

Revision__Eff.Date__Summer__Winter

40_______4-Mar-13__$130.73__$145.76

39______31-Jul-11___$114.63__$128.06

38_______8-Jul-10___$104.73__$117.18

37_______1-Mar-09___$93.55__$104.65

36______23-Jul-07____$86.45___$96.65

35_______4-Jun-07___$86.35___$96.70

34-3_____1-Apr-04____$83.65___$93.65

34-2_____1-Apr-03____$84.95___$95.08

34-1_____1-Apr-02____$86.25___$96.58

33______30-Mar-00___$88.55___$99.16

32_______1-Aug-95___$88.46__$100.30

31______14-Jan-94___$90.14___$102.21

30_______1-Jan-93___$90.14___$102.21

29______26-Nov-90___$92.49___$104.93

28______31-Dec-87___$89.35___$112.15

27_______9-Apr-87___$88.85___$111.85

26_______9-Apr-86___$84.05___$106.65

25_______9-Apr-85___$74.85____$96.25

24______14-Jan-85___$65.75____$82.60

23______10-Jul-84____$64.24____$80.68

22_______2-Nov-83___$65.30____$82.80

22-I_____10-Jul-83____$63.89____$81.97

21-S_____1-Jan-83___$60.88____$77.46

21______14-Jul-82____$60.26___$76.43

20______15-Aug-81___$55.63___$70.18

19______17-Jul-81____$54.63___$68.20

18______30-May-80___$50.36___$62.86

-- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Feb 9, 2012, at 7:46 PM

Now we're rolling - 88 comments to the PSC for a relative 0.007% response rate (88 / 1.2million electric customers), and counting.

Sure to make a big impression to the PSC about the relative concern of the affected customers. *sarcasm*

https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Feb 9, 2012, at 8:53 PM

Finishing out the series of Ameren rate schedule pricing -

Revision__Eff.Date__Summer__Winter

17_______1-Oct-79___$40.55___$59.52

16______18-Jul-78___$34.30___$47.02

15_______3-Feb-78___$34.30___$47.02

14_______1-Jan-77___$31.89___$43.69

13_______1-Jun-76___$32.00___$43.90

12_______3-Jan-76___$28.90___$37.70

11______18-Jun-74___$25.04___$32.50

10______28-Nov-72___$22.32___$28.70

_9_______1-Apr-72___$22.63___$28.93

_8______10-Dec-71___$20.30___$26.84

_7______MISSING____---_______---

_6_______7-Nov-69___$19.75___$26.29

_5______MISSING____---_______---

_4______29-Nov-67___$20.14___$26.69

_3______21-Jul-67___$20.14___$30.59

_2_______2-Apr-64___$21.13___$32.13

_1______29-Aug-63___$21.13___$33.63

ORIGINAL_5-Aug-59___$23.75___$32.40

Gets to be a history lesson looking through the various revisions - tweaks between the flat-rate monthly charge and kilowatt-hour rate, the changes in the KWH breakpoint levels where the pricing discounts occur, discounts being offered in the past on a 350kwh block of power if an electric heater was used, and a special high-usage level extreme-discount rate if the entire space was heated with electric, also from the past.

Also interesting is the number of rate increases across certain periods of time, such as the mid-70s when inflation was running wild coupled with the new Rush Island coal-based power plant coming online, as well as the mid-80s when the new Callaway nuclear power plant came online.

At any rate (ar,ar,ar), 39 revisions in 53 years averages about one every 16 months, with a minimum interval of less than a month, and a maximum of about 4-1/2 years.

And --- we're now up to 91 comments on the PSC website...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Feb 10, 2012, at 7:20 PM

Stomping what appears to be a dead horse of interest even further into the ground - went and compared the price of electricity through the years to the Consumer Price Index, using data from ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/cpi/cpiai.txt, and making Aug 1959 the base period.

Also, taking up some space to be sure the table gets around the avatar :-)

First column is the rate schedule revision number, second is the effective date of the revision, third is the Consumer Price Index value with Aug1959 set to 100, fourth is the relative change in electric rates compared to the relative change in CPI between rate schedule revisions where 100 would be an even-Steven change, and the last is the cost of electric relative to the cost of electric in Aug1959 after considering the CPI.

Revn_Eff.Date_CPI(8/59=100)_RateVsCPI%_Eff.Cost

39___31-Jul-11___773.71______105.5______54.1

38___08-Jul-10___746.61______109.2______51.3

37___01-Mar-09__728.46______106.0______47.0

36___23-Jul-07___713.35______100.0______44.3

35___04-Jun-07__713.53_______93.2______44.3

34-3__01-Apr-04__643.84______96.3______47.5

34-2__01-Apr-03__629.45______96.3______49.4

34-1__01-Apr-02__615.75______92.7______51.2

33___30-Mar-00__586.30______88.6______55.3

32___01-Aug-95__523.63______93.8______62.3

31___14-Jan-94__500.68______97.5______66.4

30___01-Jan-93__488.36______91.4______68.1

29___26-Nov-90__458.22______83.1______74.5

28___31-Dec-87__395.21______98.0______89.6

27___09-Apr-87__385.96______101.3______91.5

26___09-Apr-86__371.92______109.5______90.3

25___09-Apr-85__366.10______114.2______82.5

24___14-Jan-85__361.30______101.0______72.2

23___10-Jul-84__356.51_______95.0______71.5

22___02-Nov-83__346.58______100.0_____75.2

22-I__10-Jul-83__342.12______103.4______75.2

21-S__01-Jan-83__334.93_____100.9______72.8

21___14-Jul-82__333.90______102.9______72.1

20___15-Aug-81__316.10_____101.8______70.0

19___17-Jul-81__313.70_______96.9______68.8

18___30-May-80__280.14_____101.4______71.0

17___01-Oct-79__257.53______108.6______70.0

16___18-Jul-78__225.00_______95.7______64.4

15___03-Feb-78__215.41______100.1_____67.3

14___01-Jan-77__200.34_______96.7_____67.2

13___01-Jun-76__194.52______112.4_____69.6

12___03-Jan-76__190.41______102.1_____61.9

11___18-Jun-74__167.81_______97.7_____60.6

10___28-Nov-72__145.21_______96.9_____62.0

_9___01-Apr-72__142.12______107.8_____64.0

_8___10-Dec-71__140.75_______93.3_____59.4

_7___MISSING

_6___07-Nov-69__128.42_______88.7_____63.6

_5___MISSING

_4___29-Nov-67__115.75_______89.3_____71.7

_3___21-Jul-67__114.38________88.1_____80.3

_2___02-Apr-64__105.82_______96.0_____91.1

_1___29-Aug-63__105.14_______94.9_____94.9

ORIG_05-Aug-59__100.00_______---_____100.0

Ahhhh, the things that make me go, 'hmmmmm'. :-)

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Feb 12, 2012, at 1:47 PM

I moved to Manchester in January of 2006. After seeing what the State Legislature in Illinois did for Ameren Il in this economy , I think it is criminal giving them TEN yrs of Carte Blanche with peoples electric bills.

I hope the the Missouri Legislature will see the light and instead of granting the rate increase act

to Deregulate electric rates as so many other states have done

School Districts, Municipalities and Business and Industries in these states are saving Millions and millions of dollars

Please see the LIGHT soon

-- Posted by pr051739 on Wed, Feb 15, 2012, at 8:16 PM

How do I start a petition drive to get the legislature to Deregulate electricity How many signatures would it take>

-- Posted by pr051739 on Wed, Feb 15, 2012, at 8:19 PM

108 public comments and counting ... slowly https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

As for deregulation in Illinois - here's one perspective of the 'success', from 10Aug2007 - http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries...

As to the question of how to start a petition drive - suggest this may be of some help - http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/pubs/mak... Interesting note - "For 2012, the deadline for submission of signatures is May 6, 2012 by 5:00 PM."

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Feb 26, 2012, at 3:48 PM

120 public comments to date - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

Seems that websites about the issue are up and running -

http://www.moenergyfuture.org/

http://fairenergyrates.com/

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Mar 10, 2012, at 8:13 PM

126 comments to date - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

Appears to be one comment per day average across a service area of 1.2 million customers.

While a chart can't be imbedded in this forum, suggest to give it a whirl on your own with the unofficial data extrapolations supplied in the 09, 10, and 12 February posts.

Ahhh, the things that make one go, 'hmmmm'.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 8:39 PM

136 comments to date - yawn - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 5:51 PM

154 electronic comments to date. Some entertaining reading by some learned individuals in there - bound to impress the PSC made up mostly of attorneys :-) https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

Local public hearing scheduled at the Osage Community Center, 31 July 1200. https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/Resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Apr 24, 2012, at 5:02 PM

Still holding at 154 comments...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 1:26 PM

159 comments.

Given the favorable pricing of natural gas of late, wondering how much of this proposed rate increase will no longer be able to be supported and argued for by Ameren under their 'higher fuel cost' justification?

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 2:10 PM

Still holding at 159 comments...

Not much chatter on Sikeston's upcoming 17% raise in rates either. http://www.semissourian.com/story/184783...

Indifference, learned hopelessness, or information saturation?

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, May 13, 2012, at 9:20 AM

160 comments...

Get ready - the transition to the 4-month summer rate schedule is coming up

Looks like the local public hearing at the Osage Center has been moved to 21 August at 1200.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, May 22, 2012, at 5:48 PM

160 comments, and holding...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, May 27, 2012, at 2:35 PM

164 comments. Figured there would have been an uptick in unhappiness as people started getting their bills reflecting the higher summer rates.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 4:31 PM

Son! Either people have taken notice, or someone finally got around to logging the comments.

199 comments. https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

Current scheduling of local public hearings -

* At Osage Community Centre, 1625 North Kingshighway, Meeting Room 2AB, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701, on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

* At Bootheel Regional Planning Commission (Old Armory), Meeting Room, 105 North Main Street, Dexter, Missouri 63841, on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jun 16, 2012, at 6:59 PM

272 comments.

If the recent uptick in the comment rate correlates well to the switch to the higher summer rate schedule, it will be interesting to see what happens after the bills come out which reflect the impact of this heat wave.

Something to chew on - now that we're into cooling season, consider that an incandescent bulb is only about 5-10% efficient, meaning that 90-95% of the energy is released in the form of heat.

This suggests that 54-57 watts of heat are dissipated per 60w incandescent bulb.

Given 1,000 watts equals 3,412 BTU, and 12,000 BTU/hr equals 1 ton of air conditioning - that 60w bulb with its 55w of heat output consumes 188 BTU/hr or 0.0156 tons worth of air conditioning capacity.

Most residential units range from 1.5 to 4.0 tons (18,000 BTU to 48,000 BTU), meaning that this one 60w incandescent bulb uses from 0.5% to 1.0% of air conditioner capacity. Perhaps negligible, until one adds up all the 40w, 60w, 75w, 100w, etc incandescent bulbs that may be on.

Suggest that using only the lights that are absolutely necessary not only helps lower the utility bill for the lighting portion, but also for the climate control portion. Win-win! :-)

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 2:55 PM

298 comments - looks like the activity is heating up - ar, ar, ar.

Poking around the rate case - looks like the PSC staff has submitted their analysis. I counted 26 individuals involved with the analysis, with the executive summary recommending a rate increase of about half of what Ameren requested to achieve a return-on-equity in the 8-9% range. IIRC, Ameren requested an ROE of 10-11%.

Buncha reading in there - if one has the time. :-)

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 9:59 AM

Wow! huge increase up to a total 685 comments, however, several names pop up several times. Still represents only about 0.057% of the claimed 1.2 million electric customers...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jul 14, 2012, at 2:24 PM

1027 comments - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

At this point, estimating my personal July utility bill will come in about 20% higher than June's, mainly due to the weather, but suspect sure to increase the interest of others in the rate case as the public hearings are held.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jul 21, 2012, at 1:38 PM

1206 comment entries posted. https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jul 28, 2012, at 9:55 AM

1350 comments posted - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Aug 4, 2012, at 11:36 AM

1440 comments posted - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

Interesting reading if one has the time - Transcript of public hearing held at Harris-Stowe State University on 26 July - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/commonc...

Transcript of public hearing held at UM-St. Louis on 26 July - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/commonc...

Upcoming calendar of hearings and other significant events, 3 pages total, note Cape hearing is still on at the Osage Center on 21 Aug at 1200 - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/Resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Aug 11, 2012, at 10:41 AM

Hmmmm -

"Missouri utility regulators are considering a new low-income customer class to help cut electric, natural gas and water bills for the state's poorest and most vulnerable residents." from http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/p...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Aug 12, 2012, at 6:24 PM

Interesting PSC order moving the hearing locations due to expected size of the audience -

"ORDER RELOCATING LOCAL PUBLIC HEARINGS TO LARGER FACILITIES

Issue Date: August 17, 2012 Effective Date: August 17, 2012

Due to larger than anticipated turnout at local public hearings regarding Ameren Missouri's request for an increase in its electric rates, the Commission has moved some of the upcoming local public hearings to nearby larger facilities. The Commission welcomes participation by the public and wants to ensure that anyone attending the local public hearings will be able to comfortably participate.

THE COMMISSION ORDERS THAT:

1. The August 21, 2012 local public hearing in Cape Girardeau is relocated to Osage Community Centre, Meeting Room 3AB, 1625 North Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701. The hearing has been moved to a larger room within the same facility.

2. The August 21, 2012 local public hearing in Dexter is relocated to the Dexter High School Auditorium, 1101 West Grant Street, Dexter, Missouri 63841. The hearing had been scheduled for the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission (Old Armory) Meeting Room."

For those of you having serious dating issues - August 21 would be this upcoming Tuesday. Still scheduled for High Noon in Cape, Six O'Clock in the evening in Dexter.

1597 comments posted. https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 12:16 PM

Oops - my bad - attached is the link to the order directing the relocation of the meetings, so's y'alls don't think I'm trying to pull off one of those "Republicans vote on Tuesday, everybody else vote on Wednesday" shenanigans :-) - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/commonc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 12:20 PM

1800 comments - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

Transcripts from the Cape and Dexter hearings not yet posted.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 5:42 PM

1895 comments - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

Transcript of Cape Girardeau hearing - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/commonc...

Transcript of Dexter hearing - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/commonc...

A link to a table of exhibits, testimony, transcripts, etc filed - looks like things have really gotten busy in September - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 2:21 PM

Oops - let's try that linkable table link again - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/Filing_...

I hate it when that happens :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 2:25 PM

1904 comments - up only 9 from last week, seems interest is waning...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Sep 23, 2012, at 7:41 PM

1907 comments, up 3 from last week ... or about 0.15% of the 1.2 million claimed electric customers.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Sep 30, 2012, at 6:51 PM

1916 comments, up 9 from two weeks ago - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

Paperwork is still flying fast and furious - 363 transcipts, testimonies, communication notices, and exhibits filed-to-date - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/Filing_...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 10:35 AM

1921 comments, up 5 from three weeks ago - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

The paperwork pace seems to have crossed into a frenzy mode - 527 transcripts, testimonies, communication notices, and exhibits filed to date - up 164 from three weeks ago - suggests the end might be near... - https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/Filing_...

Some entertaining reading buried in amongst all that, if one has the time...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 8:41 AM

1924 comments, up 3 from 26 days ago... https://www.efis.psc.mo.gov/mpsc/resourc...

From the article, "The PSC could take up to 11 months to review the request." To put a damper on the holiday season - if the request was filed on 03Feb, then the PSC decision should be released within the next month.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Dec 1, 2012, at 12:02 PM


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