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Your Opinion: Where is Ameren's fuel adjustment refund?

Your Opinion: Where is Ameren's fuel adjustment refund?

January 22nd, 2014 by Bob Kettler, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Is there anyone brave enough, whether it be someone from our Legislature, the News Tribune or a consumer of Ameren, as to what has happened with the fuel adjustment refund?

Last August 2013, the Missouri Public Service Commission ordered Ameren (profits from a power sale of two utilities) to refund the consumers through adjusting our fuel charge. To date this has not happened. Why? I suspect they are disputing this charge and delaying this refund.

This charge as it is is outrageous, as is the Jefferson City-Cole County charge. I was advised that this is a business license fee for Ameren that someone approved for payment by the consumer and not Ameren. I suspect this was approved by either our legislators and/or the MPSC.

Is there any other businesses in Jefferson City that has that latitude? I suspect not. Too bad we don't have a competitive option to take our business elsewhere; we are at their mercy and they are abusing it.