A proposed increase in Ameren natural gas rates would affect parts of the Quad-Cities.
Ameren Illinois has filed the request with the Illinois Commerce Commission, stating the rate increase is needed to recover the costs of infrastructure investments and to compensate for increased costs of delivering natural gas to customers, according to a company news release.
If the company were granted the full amount it seeks, the increase would amount to an additional $50 million for Ameren. That would translate into monthly increases for customers of about $2.52, $2.87 or $4, depending on where they live and the amount of natural gas they use.
Ameren covers parts of Rock Island and Henry counties and all of Mercer County, said an Ameren spokeswoman. Customers in those areas could expect to see a $2.87 increase.
The ICC is reviewing the request, a process expected to take about 11 months.
The Citizen's Utility Board has issued a release stating it will monitor the rate hike request and argue against any portions of the increase it deems unnecessary.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.