[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Ameren Missouri’s proposed rate hike tied to wind energy investments 

Credit:  WSIL | April 13, 2021 | wsiltv.com ~~

More than a million Ameren Missouri customers in the state are facing a rate hike spurred in part by renewable energy investments by the company.

“This is after several rate reductions that have happened since 2017,” Warren Wood, Ameren Missouri’s Vice President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs said. “The net effect over the last five years is about 5.4% rate change or one percent per year since then.”

Wood said the utility has 1.2 million customers in Missouri, for which, the proposed rate adjustments would, if approved, raise bills for an average residential electric customer by about $12 per month. It’s $4 more a month for natural gas customers in Missouri, of which, Ameren has more than 134,000.

Wood said “less than a $1” of the $12 of the monthly change is expected to be tied to investments made with wind energy that the utility recently completed with it’s two wind farms.

“This represents investments to improve electric and gas systems reliability and resilience as well as a transition to cleaner energy resources,” Wood said.

Acquired by Ameren Missouri in December 2020, the High Prairie Renewable Energy Center in Adair and Schuyler county, MO produces 400 megawatts – the equivalent of 120,000 homes, according to the utility.

That investment plus the utility’s nearly completed construction at the Atchison Renewable Energy Center in Atchison County, MO which produces 300 megawatt capacity rounds out their wind generating capacity.

The commission will decide if the rate change is appropriate through the 11-month process.

“This is where the public service commission does an audit of of all of our costs and investments and look at the benefits to the customers associated with them,” Wood said.

The company’s “Smart Energy Plan,” also installed smart meters, upgraded substations and power lines.

Wood said the investments are having an impact. An example is how Ameren Missouri fared during the polar vortex issues that faced Texas utilities in February.

“Ameren Missouri we did not experience a significant outage as a result of that situation Our Smart Energy plans are helping with that,” Wood said.

Source:  WSIL | April 13, 2021 | wsiltv.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky