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 Saturday, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The price of board for single gentlemen occupying rooms in Davenport hotels has been raised to $10 per week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Dr. J.W. Stewart was elected president of the Rock Island County Bible Society. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. I.O. Nothstein, Rock Island, was named president of the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Twin Cities. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Athel Young, wife of Chic Young, who draws the internationally famous "Blondie" comic strip, has been visiting her mother, Mrs. John Miller, in Rock Island for three weeks. The Youngs' infant son accompanied his mother. 1964 -- 50 years ago: 750 students from 30 northern Illinois high schools will take part in the Class D state finals music contest to be held next Saturday on the Augustana College campus. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A near capacity crowd shook the rafters at Wharton field House in Moline Tuesday night. When the decibel level returned to normal, Alleman's Pioneers had pulled out a 54-49 victory over the Orion Chargers. The win advanced Alleman into the Elite Eight for the first time in 25 years.