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Business
3:37 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Ameren Missouri hoping to raise utility rates by 9.7%

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Missouri's largest power company is seeking approval for a $264 million rate increase.

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Science and Technology
7:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Missouri Coalition for the Environment raises concerns about the Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant

The Callaway nuclear reactor
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Ameren’s Callaway nuclear plant near Fulton is in its 30th year of operation. It has a 40-year license and is in the process of getting it renewed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC.

Missouri Coalition for the Environment is heading an effort to stop it from being re-licensed.

One of their main concerns is spent, or used, radioactive rods that are left over after making power. When they’re taken out of the reactor, they’re still extremely hot and need to be stored in a cooling facility.

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Business
8:46 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ameren starts construction on natural gas pipeline

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Ameren Missouri says construction is underway on an 11-mile natural gas pipeline from Columbia to Ashland, which currently does not have natural gas service.

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Business
7:51 am
Fri March 28, 2014

St. Louis opposes Noranda's Ameren request

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The city of St. Louis is opposing a request by Noranda Aluminum for state regulators to lower the electricity rates it pays to Ameren Missouri.

An attorney for the city wrote to the Missouri Public Service Commission, saying that if Noranda's electric rates are lowered, it could result in higher costs for other consumers. City Counselor Michael Garvin says that it could cost St. Louis an additional $3 million over 10 years.

Noranda has sought about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.

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Business
7:50 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Complaint alleges Ameren earned more money than allowed

Ameren's nuclear plant in Callaway County.
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State utility regulators have publicly released a confidential report detailing how much money has been earned by Ameren Missouri.

The Missouri Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to unseal a November report that has been at the heart of a complaint. The complaint alleges the St. Louis-based electric company was earning more than it was allowed to.

The newly released documents also include testimony from utility regulation consultants hired by Noranda Aluminum, which is leading the challenge of Ameren's electricity rates.

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Business
5:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Ameren Missouri selects new CEO

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  St. Louis-based utility company Ameren announced today that executive Michael Moehn has been named chairman, president and chief executive officer of the utility's Ameren Missouri subsidiary.

Moehn succeeds Warner Baxter, who will become Ameren CEO on April 24.

Moehn has held several leadership roles since joining Ameren in 2000.

Ameren provides electric and natural gas services in parts of Missouri and Illinois.

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Business
4:58 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ameren CEO to retire in July

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  Ameren Corp. is promoting Warner Baxter to president of the St. Louis-based utility, effective immediately, and he'll become CEO this spring.

Baxter is a longtime executive at Ameren. He succeeds Thomas Voss, who will retire on July 1.

Ameren said Tuesday that Baxter also has been elected to the board of directors. He will become chief executive on April 24 — the day Voss will become Ameren's executive chairman.

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Business
4:15 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Sierra Club threatens suit over Ameren air quality

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An environmental group says it plans to soon sue utility provider Ameren over what it calls repeated violations of federal air pollution standards.

The Sierra Club told Ameren Corp. it plans legal action in the next 60 days over what the group says are nearly 10,000 violations of the Clean Air Act since 2008 at coal-fired power plants in St. Louis, Jefferson and Franklin counties

The alleged violations involve the amount of soot released from smokestacks at the Meramec, Labadie and Rush Island plants.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

MU gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

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The Curators of the University of Missouri received a $1.8 million federal grant that will support research related to the production of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) at Ameren’s Callaway County plant in Fulton. The money came from a project called Make it in America Challenge, an initiative to create new jobs and encourage business in America.

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Business
4:54 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Ameren Plans Cleanup of Downtown Columbia Site

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Ameren Missouri is finishing up plans to clean up property it owns in downtown Columbia that is contaminated by gas plant tars, which can contain carcinogens.

The property is in the North Village Arts District, which is attracting commercial and residential development.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Ameren's fact sheet on the cleanup says it will remove about 36,000 tons of contaminated soil but the utility has not determined where the soil would be dumped.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:38 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

PSC: Ameren owes electric customers $26.3 million

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Ameren Missouri customers can expect to see a slightly lower bill after state regulators determined the utility owes its electric customers slightly more than $26 million for failing to include some revenue in its calculations.

The Missouri Public Service Commission approved an order Wednesday for the St. Louis-based company to refund the money to customers. But Ameren Missouri won't be sending out checks. Instead, the $26.3 million will be applied by adjusting a fuel charge that customers otherwise would pay.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:13 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Callaway nuclear plant reopens after 50 day closure

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The Callaway Energy Center just outside Fulton is back in service this week after a routine shutdown for refueling and maintenance. The plant was out of commission for 50 days while several new modifications were made in addition to normal inspections and tests.

Barry Cox, the senior director of nuclear operations for the plant, says the improvements mean it will take a few days for the plant to get back to full capacity.

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Business
5:30 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Regulators approve $260M rate increase for Ameren

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Missouri utility regulators have approved a $260 million rate increase for electric customers of Ameren Missouri.

The rate increase approved Wednesday could mean an extra $10 a month on an average residential bill when it takes effect in January.

It's intended to cover such things as the utility's rising fuel costs, infrastructure improvements, vegetation trimming and storm repairs.

About $90 million of the rate increase will go toward energy efficiency programs that could ultimately save money for residents and businesses.

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Business
5:25 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Ameren, Westinghouse, regulators talk nuclear energy expansion plan

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 9:09 am

Executives from Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse presented their plans today to the state Public Service Commission for pursuing grants to build small nuclear reactors.

The two companies have teamed up to pursue up to $452 million from Washington to build up to five Small Modular Reactors, or SMR’s, at Ameren’s Callaway County plant Joseph Zwetolitz is President of the Americas division of Westinghouse.  He says SMR’s would be safer than the traditional nuclear reactor.

“This reactor is almost entirely underground, which provides an additional level of safety, with regards to potential postulated accidents, deliberate attacks, tornadoes, those kind of things," Zwetolitz said.

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Agriculture
5:40 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

FERC approves Lake of the Ozarks boundary

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Ameren Missouri's plan to reduce the land it owns and manages along the shore of the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Ameren shareholders reject proposals dealing with environmental concerns

Ameren Missouri shareholders met in St. Louis on Tuesday.
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Ameren shareholders have voted against three proposals that sought to push the company to do more to address environmental risks from its coal-fired power plants.

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PM Newscasts
6:05 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Newscast for April 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Ameren shareholder proposals voted down. 
  • Missouri House votes to further study state pay.
  • Missouri House gives first-round approval for tanning restrictions. 
Science, Health and Technology
4:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Ameren shareholder proposals voted down

 

Ameren shareholders have voted against three proposals that sought to push the company to do more to address environmental risks from its coal-fired power plants.

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AM Newscasts
12:03 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Newscast for April 20, 2012

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The latest on the Ryan Ferguson hearing in Jefferson City
  • Details on an agreement to attempt to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors in Callaway County
  • The latest state legislation related to the Federal Health Care law
PM Newscasts
5:47 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Newscast for April 19, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Healthcare rebuke passes Missouri House. 
  • Missouri Senate passes education overhaul legislation.
  • Ex-prosecutor denies telling witnesses what to say. 
  • Missouri energy companies to collaborate on developing nuclear reactors in Callaway County. 
Science, Health and Technology
4:44 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Missouri energy companies to collaborate on developing nuclear reactors in Callaway County

 

Westinghouse and St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri will collaborate on developing small modular nuclear reactors, or SMR’s, and will seek to build them at Ameren’s Callaway County plant. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:45 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds meetings on Callaway reactor

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a pair of public meetings on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, to get feedback on the license renewal for the Callaway County nuclear reactor.
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a pair of public meetings Wednesday to get input on the license renewal for the Callaway nuclear reactor.                

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Business
10:35 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Ameren files new plan for waterfront homes in Camdenton

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Ameren Missouri has filed a proposed plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission following a November citation for property being too close or physically on Ameren’s project boundaries. The proposal could affect over 1,600 waterfront homes, many of which are in Camdenton.

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Business
12:06 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Ameren vows to increase energy efficiency

Ameren's nuclear plant in Callaway, Missouri
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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.

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AM Newscasts
12:00 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

KBIA Newscast for January 23, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

 

  • Nominee for University of Missouri Board of Curators remains in limbo
  • Bonnie and Clyde's guns go up for auction
  • Nixon cuts University funding but warns against tuition hikes
Science, Health and Technology
6:48 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Former engineer calls for an investigation of the Callaway nuclear plant

The Callaway Plant is one of 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. and 429 nuclear plants in the world.
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A former engineer at the Callaway Nuclear Plant is requesting that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, look into possible violations of the operating license at the Callaway plant, owned and operated by Ameren Missouri.

By Janet Saidi

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Newscasts
6:01 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Newscast for November 8, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

The City Council has approved two new measures that affect the way evictions are carried out in Columbia.

A Missouri appeals court has upheld a 2009 decision by state utility regulators to approve a rate increase for Ameren Missouri.

One of eight people charged in the shooting death of a Missouri football player's cousin has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Science, Health and Technology
12:00 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Investigative Report: Looking Into Callaway Nuclear Power Plant’s “Safety Culture”

Since 2005, there have been at least 17 documented cases of alleged discrimination at the Callaway Nuclear Generating plant, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents acquired under the Freedom of Information Act
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Note: The following report was originally released in May 2010.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials and documents describe the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant just south of Fulton, MO as having a safety conscious work environment. However, since 2005, there have been at least 14 documented allegations of discrimination against employees for reporting safety concerns at the Callaway plant, according to commission reports.

By Patrick Sweet and Rebecca Townsend

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