Most Missouri residents would see an increase in their natural gas bills this winter if the Missouri Public Service Commission approves AmerenUE’s request to raise the Purchase Gas Adjustment.
Mike Cleary, spokesman for AmerenUE, said he expects the change to be approved. The new prices would take effect Nov. 1.
According to a press release Monday from AmerenUE, residential customers in central and eastern Missouri would pay a total of about $616.93 for heating between November and March, 7 percent more than under current pricing.
AmerenUE officials said the cost estimate does not account for unusually warm or cold weather during the heating season.
The utility is required to file a Purchase Gas Adjustment before November every year, even if the company does not request a change.
Scott Glaeser, vice president of gas supply for AmerenEnergy Fuels and Services, said damage to gas production and pipeline facilities by Hurricane Ivan and record crude oil prices have contributed to the high price of natural gas.