CUB Vows to Appeal Rate Hike
5:41 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Ameren Customers Will Soon Pay More

Illinois regulators have  given Ameren Illinois permission to raise natural gas rates by about $32 million.

The Illinois Commerce  Commission said it will allow rates to rise by 1.2%  to 5.4%, depending where customers live. The rates would go up starting this month.

The Citizens Utility Board said it will appeal the decision.  Board executive director David Kolata pointed out the decision comes just  as Illinois faces the first real cold weather of winter.

CUB complained the rate increase is $2 million more than an administrative  law judge recommended last fall.

Ameren has 813,000 natural gas  customers in central and southern Illinois.

Thanks to the Associated Press