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LETTER: Legislation could provide clean energy, lower electricity prices and jobs

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 11:48 a.m. CST

On Feb. 18, the Columbia Missourian ran a letter to the editor, "Legislature seems intent to overturn the people's decision." The author failed to mention one of the biggest challenges Missouri is facing today: securing our energy future.

Right now, 80 percent of Missouri's electricity comes from aging coal plants. In the coming years, these plants will need to be retired or replaced. In addition, federal regulations under consideration could make coal-generated electricity more expensive ­ even as demand increases significantly. Without proper planning, we may be unable to meet our future electricity demand at affordable prices. We need to leave open the option of nuclear power, which may be our best option for keeping rates low in the long-term.

Senate Bill 50/House Bill 124, legislation currently under review in the General Assembly, would leave open the option of nuclear power — and the jobs, clean energy and affordable electricity that come with it.

Senate Bill 50/House Bill 124 provides a clear way forward to replace our aging coal plants while continuing to meet our electricity needs in the most affordable way possible.

Irl Scissors is executive director of Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future.


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Comments

Derrick Fogle February 22, 2011 | 3:42 p.m.

One promise from Ameren would fix this CWIP mess. Just guarantee that the financing ratepayer base gets first dibs on any energy the financed plant produces, and gets it at a guaranteed 'reasonable' rate: i.e. 5.5% markup over actual ongoing operating costs. Any production unused by the financing ratepayer base could be sold on the open market, no strings attached.

OK, technically that's two promises. But... put *that* to the Missouri voters and see if we don't get that project rolling. Most of us are not against the project. We just expect, as collective financiers of the project, to get something for our investment.

And it shouldn't cost $40M and 44 months to certify Callaway for a 2nd plant. It should cost maybe $5-$6M and take about a year. Anything more needs to be scrutinized as over-regulation.

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DORIS FINGERS February 25, 2011 | 2:40 p.m.

THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI WANT TO BE HEARD!
HERE IS MISSOURI REGULATING FOR YOU!
IN MISSOURI OUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE HAVE PASSED THE BUCK GIVING THE MISSOURI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
THE AUTHORITY TO ALLOW AMEREN ELECTRIC OF MISSOURI TO ADD A RIDER F.A.C
(FUEL ADJUSTMENT CHARGE) TO HELP THE
ELECTRIC COMPANY PAY FOR COST OF GETTING NEW SOURCES OF FUEL.
THE LEGISLATORS TELL YOU IT ONLY WILL ADD ONE OR TWO DOLLARS TO YOUR MONTHLY BILL. MY FEB 2011 ADDED FUEL CHARGE WAS $45.00 MY SISTER WHO HAS BUDGET
BILLING, HER RIDER ADDED FUEL CHARGE
FOR FEB 2011 WAS $26.00 DURING WORST WINTER MISSOURI IN MANY YEARS. THAT
DOES NOT SOUND LIKE MISSOURI AND AMEREN WORKING TO HELP MISSOURIANS DURING
CRISIS TIMES..
THE REAL RATE IS 1O% TO 11%, AND THEY ARE STILL WANTING MORE.
MY HUSBAND, A VIET NAM VET AND I ARE ON A FIXED INCOME THAT HAS
NOT INCREASED IN THREE YEARS. FOOD, FUEL, MEDICINE, CLOTHING
ALL THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE,HAVE INCREASED.I DID NOT ASK THE GOVERNMENT
TO GIVE ME MORE MONEY... NOR DID I EXPECT THEM TO ALLOW A LARGE UTILITY
COMPANY TO ADD AN.... ALMOST 10% TAX ...(EXCUSE ME THAT IS A RIDER FAC)
ON TO MY ENERGY BILL DURING THE HARDEST SEASONS FOR THE LOWER
INCOME FAMILIES. MY FEBRUARY 2011 ELECTRIC BILL WAS $455.79 AND THE
ADDED RIDER FAC $45.15 FOR ONE MONTH.
I TALKED TO THE ELECTRIC COMPANY AND THEY SAID SORRY, IT IS COMPLETELY
LEGAL AND THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT. I CALLED THE
MISSOURI PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION AND TALKED TO TWO OR THREE PEOPLE WHO ALL STATED OUR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND
SENATORS SET THIS COMMISSION UP AND THEY ARE OPERATING WITHIN THEIR LEGAL REALMS.
BELOW IS MY ELECTRIC BILL THIS MONTH
PRES RDG PREV RDG USE READING RATE AMT
RETURN THIS STUB WITH PAYMENT TO:
AMEREN MISSOURI
P.O. BOX 66529, ST. LOUIS, MO
63166-6529
27807 18462 9345 Actual 1M $455.79
PVT Area Ltg 82 7.60
Rider FAC Adjustment $45.15 ***THIS IS THE 10% FUEL ADJUSTMENT CHARGE

THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN GOVERNMENT , WOULD NOT INCREASE
TAXES BUT GAIN FUNDING HE NEEDED BY REGULATING JUST AS
THE SHOW ME STATE MISSOURI HAS DONE ON THE ELECTRIC
UTILITIES. HOW CAN MISSOURIANS SUSTAIN SUCH A HIGH COST.
MY HUSBAND HAS END STAGES OF COPD AND HE IS ON OXYGEN
24/7 AND HAS A SIGNED STATEMENT FROM HIS PHYSICIAN THAT
HIS MACHINE THAT CONVERTS AIR TO STRAIGHT OXYGEN RUNS
24/7.
GOVERNOR NIXON SEEMS TO HAVE HAD THE LAST WORD ON THIS

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Michael Williams February 25, 2011 | 3:38 p.m.

Doris:

I didn't finish your missive because you were shouting.

There's this thingie called "caps lock" you should press.....

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