Two consumer watchdog groups are raising a red flag about a bill that would allow Ameren and other companies to set natural gas rates for the next ten years with less regulatory review. The Citizens Utility Board and AARP say the bill would open the door to ten years of automatic rate hikes, amounting to an additional 500-dollars per customer over that period.
The Citizen's Utility Board's Jim Chilsen explains why they are teaming up with AARP for this fight.
Ameren says the revenue generated would be invested in upgrades for the natural gas delivery system. A similar bill backed by the state's electric power companies has been passed by both houses of the legislature. Chilsen says you can contact your lawmaker to oppose this legislation through a websiute that has been set up for that purpose. Find out more through the link below: