Ameren Missouri wants to charge an additional $57 million to ratepayers to cover the extra fuel costs from the cold winter that compelled them to use more electricity than usual. The utility asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to adjust rates to account for changes in the costs of fuel.
The average customer using 11,000 kilowatt hours per year will see a separate charge of 66 cents per month on Ameren bills starting in June.
Three times a year, Ameren Missouri asks the PSC to adjust rates up or down depending on changes in energy markets. Last summer, they increased by about 86 cents, but in September, bills for typical households went down by about $2 per month.