Ameren Missouri officials said the company’s $170 million upgrade to its Labadie Energy Center to meet new federal emission regulations will cause customers’ rates to go up. But the project started last fall will also generate additional revenue for local government entities by increasing the tax base.
It is unclear how much the project will cause Ameren customers’ rates to go up, said Trina Muniz, company spokeswoman. “We won’t know until July when we file (for a rate case),” Muniz said. “It’s all being studied now.”
Once the project is complete, the plant’s particulate matter emissions will be 75 percent cleaner than they are now. The plant provides 40 percent of the electricity to the St. Louis metro area. If Ameren did not make the upgrades, the plant would have to reduce its load level and buy electricity on the open market.