JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri regulators have approved an infrastructure surcharge for natural gas customers of Ameren Missouri.
The Public Service Commission says the surcharge will cost residential customers 75 cents per month.
Ameren Missouri sought the surcharge for infrastructure improvements it has made since the start of 2011. Its costs for replacing and relocating natural gas pipelines are not included in its rates.
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri has about nearly 127,000 natural gas customers in Missouri.
Good news for Missouri electric customers. Residents should soon see a small decrease in their monthly bill. Missouri regulators have adopted a lower fuel adjustment tariff that should reduce bills for Ameren Missouri customers. The Public Service Commission says the decrease amounts to about $1.97 per month for residential customers and goes into effect September 24.
In the first week of summer, the heat index is already flirting with triple digits.
Ameren Missouri is trying to help low-income and elderly customers stay safe in the heat--they are giving away air conditioner window units through charities. Ameren is donating 665 units to several organizations and agencies. 300 of the units are going to the Urban League of St. Louis.
To request one, city residents can call 314-615-3624 if you’re a city resident, and county residents should dial 314-388-9840.
With another line of potentially severe weather expected to push through the metro-area Thursday, Ameren has place crews on both sides of the river on stand-by. Ameren officials say they've mobilized personnel and equipment to facilitate their response to any storm-related power outages.
But Ameren officials say there are some things customers who lose power during the storms need to do. First, officials say, report the outage. Don't assume the power company knows your lights are out.
Second, they remind customers to stay away from downed power lines and always assume that any lines that have fallen are still live wires. Report the downed lines immediately.
They say to stay out of the way of power company crews who are working to repair lines and restore power.
And finally, they ask customers to be patient. Crews will get repairs made as quickly as they can do so safely.
More tips can be found at Ameren's online Outage Center.