An Ameren Illinois spokesman is defending his company’s request for a $110-million rate hike.  The Illinois Commerce Commission is looking over the request and taking comment from the public.  Ameren Illinois’ Brian Bretsch tells The Big Z the utility is in the midst of a 10-year upgrade to Smart Grid technology.

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He says this will allow Ameren Illinois to recover its costs for maintaining, operating and improving its electric system throughout its service territory.  Bretsch says they will be investing roughly $122-million in electric upgrades throughout the service territory.  About $6.5-million of that is planned for Madison County, according to Bretsch.


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