Friday, July 27, 2012
The Missouri Public Service Commission is hosting a dozen meetings in St. Louis and beyond to ask residents for input on an average 14-percent rate increase.
Ameren Missouri wants to raise its rates by 14.6 percent, but first it must hear the public’s opinion. The increase, according to an Ameren pamphlet regarding the increase, would increase the company’s revenues by approximately $376 million. Ameren cites higher fuel costs and infrastructure improvements as some of the reasons for the rate increase, according to an Ameren press release. “Our customers have consistently told us that reliability is their highest priority and that they also want cleaner air,” said Ameren Missouri Chairman, President and CEO Warner Baxter, in a press release. “Over the last several years, we have made significant investments in our infrastructure that are producing results. Over the last five years, …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Company officials demonstrated to students at Annunciation Catholic School what could happen if they touched an energized power line using a hot dog.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
More than 150 students at Annunciation Catholic School in Webster Groves got a valuable lesson in electric safety. Ameren Missouri educated pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students about safety around power lines and instructed them to stay away from all downed lines. During the 45-minute presentation, students asked several questions and were highly engaged. They learned valuable lessons that they can now apply to their lives and share with friends and family members. One of the most exciting moments featured a live demonstration of what would happen from touching an energized power line. A hotdog was used to simulate the effect; students were allowed to hold and touch the burned hotdog after the demonstration. “The hot dogs being …
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday's meeting of the Kirkwood City Council focused on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012.
The Kirkwood City Council presented the first draft of the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 at its meeting Thursday evening at City Hall. Director of Finance John Adams spoke briefly about the budget process and the state of the city's reserve fund. "There has been a nationwide fiscal crisis, but I think we are going to weather it far better than other cities," he said. The city has built up the reserve fund over the years, “for a rainy day like this,” Adams said. For several years, the city council has strongly supported building into the city’s reserve funds, which serve like a large savings account for Kirkwood. The reserves have been used in the past when the city budget fell short. For example, last year, when the contract …