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Big Fight Expected Over Proposed Ameren Rate Increase

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(WEEK) - Ameren Illinois is looking for a $64 million dollar spike to pay for a better electrical grid.

But that request certainly got the attention of the Citizens Utility Board, which feels the timing is wrong, as it would add an estimated $2.75 to an average, monthly bill.

"That's what we're looking for, wasteful spending, we're looking for unnecessary spending. Nobody needs that, especially during a pandemic. So, CUB's going to go over that filing and we're going to challenge every element of wasteful spending, because that's our job for consumers," said Jim Chilsen of CUB.

In response though, an Ameren spokesperson calls it an investment.

"Even with any type of adjustment, Ameren Illinois rates would still remain 21% below the national average. And customers would pay less today than they would five years ago for a much more robust and reliable system," said Marcelyn Love, Ameren spokeswoman.

Tyler Lopez

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