Ameren vows to increase energy efficiency

Jan 23, 2012

Ameren Missouri is pledging to increase its energy efficiency programs starting in 2013.  If the plan is approved, it would allow Ameren to provide 145 million dollars in energy efficiency rebates over three years – a cost that would be passed on to consumers.

Ameren’s filing today with the Public Service Commission would represent a complete change of course of the company, which had cut its energy efficiency programs from 33 million dollars in 2011 down to as low as five million dollars this year.

The new three-year plan would allow Ameren to provide a total of 145 million dollars in rebates and incentives to residential and business customers who invest in energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, or similar upgrades.

The Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act, approved in 2009, would allow Ameren to pass on the cost of those rebates and incentives to rate payers, through a line item on their bills.

The Public Service Commission must approve the utility company’s plan before it can take effect.