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Your Opinion: Utility's actions erode public confidence

Your Opinion: Utility's actions erode public confidence

March 3rd, 2013 by Bob Kettler, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

I read Bob Watson's piece in the News Tribune on Feb. 23, and I would like to add my comments also.

Not too long ago there was a printed piece that stated that Ameren had promised the governor they would not pass on the cost to Ameren's customers for the rebuilding of the dam. Well, didn't they renege on their promise and requested the Missouri Public Service Commission for approval to have us the consumer pay for the rebuild.

This printed piece also stated that the Missouri Public Service Commission was very close to approving it, but didn't. I suspected either the governor or his office stepped in. Based on this, I would hope the rest of Ameren's customers agree, that we have no confidence that they would be honest with their so-called infrastructure repairs were necessary or for that matter completed.

If anyone thinks that the MPSC would require Ameren to rebate us if they deemed their costs were to high, think again. The MPSC has granted Ameren with free rein to adjust the fuel adjustment charge four times a year without prior or post approval. My last invoice showed better than a 100 percent fuel adjustment increase. To date they have sided with Ameren through every cost increase they requested, to the tune of almost a billion dollars. Wow.

Mark my words, we the consumers are going to have another charge on our invoice, along with the other four additional charges. The one that raises my ire is the one titled, "Jeff City-Cole Co Muni Chg." I wonder who approved that charge, can anyone shed light on this charge?

As for Sen. Kehoe, I wonder what his agenda is?