The Missouri Public Service Commission has begun a series of 13 public hearings on a request from the state’s largest electric utility – AmerenUE – for an 18 percent rate increase. And opponents are making clear their disapproval of the request.
“We’re simply encouraging folks to come out to these public meetings and let their voices be heard,” said Gregg Keller, spokesman for the Fair Electricity Rate Action Fund (FERAF), a coalition of consumer advocacy groups and employers opposed to Ameren’s request. “This is an 18 percent rate hike that is being proposed at a time when Missouri’s unemployment rate is closing in on 10 percent. So, what we at FERAF are trying to do is let folks know firstly that this 18 percent rate hike is making its way through Jefferson City and that it’s likely to pass if they don’t make their voices heard.” [Read more…]