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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.