Ballwin and O’Fallon have filed a complaint with the Missouri Public Service Commission against Ameren Missouri over the way the company charges for streetlight electricity use.
The suburban St. Louis cities, along with more than 400 other city and neighborhood organizations, pay Ameren a flat rate fee for the electricity and maintenance of the lights. The rate costs about 2.5 times the customer-owned rate, and the cities say they could save residents $1.2 million a year by paying for electricity based on usage instead of the flat rate fee.
However, the cities would need to own the streetlights to make the change. Ameren isn’t willing to sell control of the lights because the utility isn’t part of the local electric grid and selling them would give another entity control over part of its distribution system.