Consumer advocate seeks release of Ameren info

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – Missouri’s official consumer advocate wants regulators to publicly release information that could show whether Ameren Missouri has earned more than it’s entitled to from its electricity rates.

The request by Public Counsel Lewis Mills to the Missouri Public Service Commission deals with a report filed last November by the St. Louis-based utility company that has been kept confidential.

In February, Noranda Aluminum and other Ameren customers filed a complaint alleging the utility was earning more than allowed by the regulatory commission. That complaint cited the confidential November report and asked the PSC to lower Ameren’s allowable earnings _ thus potentially cutting rates for consumers.

Mills said in his recent filing that the public needs access to the confiential information to understand the basis for the allegation that Ameren is overearning.

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