Ameren efficiency program may end after Missouri regulators reject utility’s plan

Energy efficiency rebates under an Ameren Missouri program could expire at the end of the year after state regulators rejected the utility’s electricity saving plan.

The Missouri Public Service Commission determined at the meeting that a Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act plan proposed by Ameren failed to meet the requirements set by Missouri law. The plan would have extended for another three years a program that has put more than $100 million toward energy efficiency and saved some 1 million megawatt hours of power.

The current plan, which provides rebates to customers who buy efficient appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, and subsidizes the price of efficient light bulbs at participating retailers, expires at the end of the year.

Under state law, Ameren does not have to offer an efficiency program, and the utility wouldn’t say whether it will try to renegotiate a program structure or just let the rebates end.

Read more from the Missouri Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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