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Ameren introduces plan for cleaner energy

Oct 2, 2014
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Ameren Missouri introduced its 20-year plan for cleaner energy that could achieve a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2035.

The potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would put Ameren Missouri in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent reduction by the year 2030. The EPA announced the Clean Power Plan earlier this year and Ameren Missouri has been prepared to achieve the standards.

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Ameren Missouri says it plans to increase testing of water near its nuclear power plant in Callaway County.

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

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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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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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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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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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  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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  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.

Sierra Club threatens suit over Ameren air quality

Dec 12, 2013
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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.

MU gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

Oct 22, 2013
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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.

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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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.

Callaway nuclear plant reopens after 50 day closure

May 31, 2013
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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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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.

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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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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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.

Newscast for April 24, 2012

Apr 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. 

 

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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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

Newscast for April 19, 2012

Apr 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. 

 

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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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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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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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.

KBIA Newscast for January 23, 2012

Jan 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
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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

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.

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