Missourians are getting a break on natural gas for the winter heating season, but they’re seeing an increase in cost for electricity.
Mike Cleary with Ameren Missouri says its 126,000 customers will see a slight reduction in the cost of natural gas this winter — an average of $1.60 a month. He says Ameren Missouri doesn’t make a profit off of product, which makes up about two thirds of residential bills. The remainder is for the delivery, which Cleary says Ameren does make a profit from, but has not implemented a delivery rate increase for three years now.
Where customers might feel the pinch is in the electricity portion of their bill.
Overall, electricity rates climbed 10.4 percent — 11.9 percent for residential users — this June. Cleary says that’s an annual average. Rates are at their highest during peak usage, which is the summer air conditioning months and the winter heating months.