Ameren Illinois’ plan to reduce the amount it charges to deliver electricity to homes and businesses does not go far enough, say members of the Illinois Commerce Commission. The company had planned to cut the rate by $37 million because of “overcollecting.” The ICC says it should be $45 million.
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“The company has come in each year,” says ICC spokeswoman Beth Bosch, to seek rate changes “as they build out their Smart Grid system. The commission looked at a number of things … generally, in the area of the capital project, their advertising and public relations expenses.” The company wants to raise another $47 million for delivering natural gas, and that case is expected up next week.