St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri presented details of its energy efficiency plan to the Missouri Public Service Commission on Monday. The proposal would cost around $145 million, which would result in the average home electric bill going up about $3 per month. Ameren officials say, though, the plan would result in long-term savings of nearly half a billion dollars. Kevin Gunn chairs the Public Service Commission, which heard the utility’s presentation in Jefferson City.
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.