Case Number: 11-0279

  • March 6, 2013

    Ameren Illinois has had several rate increases over the past several years under your control. The rate hikes have to stop and for once it is about time that your regulation board started thinking of the citizens instead of the kickbacks that are probably coming your direction each time you give Ameren a rate hike. It is reported that Ameren Illinois made 33 million dollars last year and it is also reported that your chairman stated he doesn't have a problem with Ameren making a healthy profit. Well I think 33 million is a healthy profit. I also want to know how I can get your chairman booted from his post?
    Brian
  • January 18, 2012

    When exaxtly are the members of the ICC going to protect the residents of Illinois from corporate greed? How mcuh profit is enoughh for Ameren, while neighboring nstates reduce or forcew them to decrease rates, you do nothing by approve ALL rate increases. How many seniors on fixed incomeds will freeze to death this year? WE HAD TWO LOCALLY LAST YEAR, ALL THANKS TO THE ICC, WHICH SHOULD BE RENAMED AMEREN APPROVAL COMMISION! Thanks for nothing!
    Sherman Dowdy
  • January 11, 2012

    AMEREN IS PAYING 6% DIVIDENDS. IT SEEMS LIKE THE RATE INCREASES THAT AMEREN HAS BEEN RECEIVING ARE JUST TO PAY THE SHAREHOLDERS DIVIDENDS AND THE EXECUTIVES THEIR BONUSES. WHEN WILL IT END? I AM OPPOSED TO ANOTHER RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
  • January 10, 2012

    Please do not allow Ameren to increase electric or natural gas rates. I am unable to pay my utility bills now without assistance. If rates are increased, I will no longer be able to afford to heat or cool my home adequately. I currently can only afford to heat my home to 64 degrees through the winter and only cool the house in the hottest of the summer. Previous rate increases have raised the costs of foods to the point of my needing government assistance to buy groceries.
    Thank you sincerely, Doug Aulabaugh

    Douglas W Aulabaugh
  • January 10, 2012

    Do not allow Ameren to get out of paying the refund to the customers that the Administrative Law Judge with the ICC determined they should pay. With the state of the economony like it is how can anyone be expected to pay more for this utility. It is not as if Ameren is not making a HUGH profit for their stock holders with the rates they charge now.
    Denise Coon
  • January 10, 2012

    Stop utility greed! Do not pass rate hikes
    Laurel Sullivan
  • January 10, 2012

    I totally am against the proposed general increase in electric delivery service rates. Our bills are high enough. With the economy as it is, people can't afford increases.
    Karen Steinkruger
  • January 10, 2012

    Reject Amerens attempts to not pay Ameren customers the REFUND we are owed!!!!!!!!
    C Hagenbruch
  • January 10, 2012

    We are retired and on a fixed income. There's no way we can continue to have our energy bill increased. Why would you ok an increase to them when they already owe us. Why can't they do as other states power companies do and just charge for the amount of power you use? We pay a set amount to them before any power is even used. Please do not let them continue to raise our rates. We do not believe our service would have to suffer if they did not receive they're requested increase either. Thank you, Knellers
    Dennis and Linda Kneller
  • January 10, 2012

    Please reject Ameren's request for a rate increase and make them pay the refunds due. From my personal experience with Ameren I firmly believe they need to curb their own internal waste before they pass on any more costs to the consumer. 10/06 I moved into a new condo. My meter gas & electric meters were labeled wrong so they were mixed up with an empty unit. It took a couple of bills for us to think something might be wrong. A couple of months after somone moved into the other unit we knew something was wrong. It took over a year to get this straightened out. We dealt with incompetent, poorly trained technicians & CSRs who out & out lied to us on several occasions. At one point a supervisor accused me, who always pays my bills on time, of trying to get out of paying my bull, which was about $800 over charged at that point. Finally we got a competent technician who agreed we were right and fixed it. It was over a year so Ameren could not go back & charge us for Nov & Decf of '06, 2 of the heaviest months. Our neighbor, a single woman who had her elderly mother living with her, had the shock of finding out she owed about $800 in back charges. Ameren couldn't have cared less. There was so much waste in tech & CSR time throughout all of this is was astounding.
    Also during this time they posted one of my payments to the wrong account & I had to jump through a number of hoops to get that straightened out even though the check was sent with the remittance slip and the check copy I retrieved from the bank showed it had the correct account number noted on it. They were the last company I deal with to get free electronic online pay and I imagine they wasted a lot of money processing paper checks.
    Never during all of this did anyone apologize or act like they cared that I spent hours and hours on these issues. I went over minutes on my cell phone a couple of months waiting on hold and talking to people who just forwarded me on to someone else who also couldn't help me and I had to pay overage charges.
    I feel this company does not care about it's customers at all and they need to change their attitude in this regard before they get more of our money.

    Vicki Williams
  • January 10, 2012

    I am against the request from Ameren to use the recent electric rate increase legislation (SB1652) as justification for getting out of paying the refund to ME and other customers. They want to have their own rate case dismissed so they don’t have to pay us the refund that we are owed!

    An Administrative Law Judge with the ICC reviewed Ameren’s case and determined that, instead of increasing consumers’ electric rates, Ameren should be giving customers a $40 million refund.

    Please vote against allowing them to do this. The customers should get the refund and not Ameren.

    Barbara Sallee
  • January 10, 2012

    I am asking you, the Illinois Commerce Commission to reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!
    I cannot understand why a rate increase when we have a huge refund coming. They will also get unregulated rate hikes via recent legislation that I strongly opposed (the smart grid). I am expecting my people in Congress to do everything in their power to render the law toothless or rescind it. We need the ICC to overlook and regulate this very type of rate and I fear unbridled rate inceases for a long period of time. If Ameren so wants this "smart grid" then I think it's up to them to pay for it, it's their corporation that they're investing in right?
    Sincerely, Randy Pearson

    Randy Pearson
  • January 10, 2012

    I am a new resident of Illinois, less than 3 years. I am also a new consumer of Ameren Electric. Therefore, I have had no issues with the company.

    However, if there is a $40 million refund ordered to be paid back to prior customers by Ameren, there should be no discussion or indecisiveness in completing this transaction.

    Any person, economist or not, can look at the consumers of Illinois and see that times are HARD. People can't spend money they don't have! And they can't afford to spend more money for electric service when the same company is holding a $40 million surplus!

    Think of the constituents of the state. Will Ameren be hiring more people to do the jobs? Will they stabilize the benefit packages across their organization for a fair and equal benefit package? Will power outages be less? Will their duration be lessened? Will their company truly improve their comsumer relations? The answers are probably NO.

    I am opposed to a rate hike by any utility that can't openly illustrate to the consumer that the benefits will vastly improve. No to a rate hike for a utility who doesn't want to refund what has already been court ordered. No to a rate hike in the present economy!

    Janna Burnworth
  • January 10, 2012

    Please strongly consider turning down the increase Ameren IL has requested. I do not believe that this delivery rate increase is justified. Thank you.
    M.L. Hughes
  • January 10, 2012

    It is about time the members of the ICC showed a little intestinal fortitude in dealing with Ameren. The people in Central and Downstate Illinois have be getting screwed by Ameren (With the blessing of the ICC) for years now. We have the highest rates of anyone around. It would be nice of some of the members of the ICC were from this area. They have butchered our trees in Pana and the surrounding area with the BLESSING of the ICC. You should see the DESTRUCTION “They” have wrought in our Town. If these crews are professional tree trimmers I would hate to see what a crew just hired from the Union hall would do. This is ALL just time wasting practices and destruction. It will costs thousands of dollars in tax money to remove the dead and dying trees over the next few years. Money that could have been spent on water lines, sewer lines and road repairs. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make them scale back their rates to atone for this.
    Roger E. Lebon
  • January 10, 2012

    Why shouldn't Ameren be allowed to screw the customer like the Banks, stock brokers, and other corperate crooks do?
    Charles Brooks
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren does not deserve yet another rate increase. Their profits are well above average; they are a virtual monopoly; they have already received numerous increases in just the past three years. PLEASE deny this latest attempt on their part. We, as consumers, are at the breaking point already. Those of us who are senior citizens, on limited incomes (but "too rich" to qualify for any assistance) simply can't afford another increase. We already have to choose between heat, food, or medicine. Enough is enough.
    Judith Kutzko
  • January 10, 2012

    I am asking that ICC reject their rate increase and reject their attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren's customers are owed.
    Julia Bradley
  • January 10, 2012

    I am opposed to Ameren trying to use the recent electric rate increase legislation (SB1652) as justification for getting out of paying this refund to customers. They want to have their own rate case dismissed so they don’t have to pay ME the refund that I am owed!

    Please vote NO to allowing them to do this!

    Michael Sallee
  • January 10, 2012

    Reject Ameren Illinois' request for increase.
    Janet S. Bullinger
  • January 10, 2012

    Please reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!

    As you know, Ameren petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission for an electric and natural gas rate increase – and the ICC has until January 12th to make their decision. Recently, an Administrative Law Judge with the ICC reviewed Ameren’s case and determined that, instead of increasing consumers’ electric rates, Ameren should be giving customers a $40 million refund.

    However, Ameren is trying to use the recent electric rate increase legislation (SB1652) as justification for getting out of paying this refund to customers. They want to have their own rate case dismissed so they don’t have to pay us the refund that you are owed!

    Thank you!



    Genevieve Westphal
  • January 10, 2012

    I want to tell the Illinois Commerce Commission to reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!
    William Ferris
  • January 10, 2012

    Dear Commissioners:

    Please Reject Ameren’s Rate Increase as I live in a 900 sq. foot home and cannot afford a utility hike. Ameren receives corporate tax breaks, spends its profits against my legislative best interest and all I have is this comment section. Knowledge is all I possess and the faith that you will uphold commerce that does not exploit customers to which we ultimately end up paying more for corporate actions against us as outlined below:

    ARE WE DUE A REFUND:
    Ameren should actually be giving customers a $40 million refund, yet Ameren is trying to use the recent electric rate increase legislation (SB1652) as justification for getting out of paying this refund to customers. They want to have their own rate case dismissed so they don’t have to pay Customers a refund.

    AMEREN HAS NEGATIVE TAX RATE AS SECOND LARGEST UTILITY IN ILLINOIS:
    Ameren is one of the utility companies that paid no tax for at least one year between 2008 and 2010. (See a 2011 analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, "Corporate Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers: 2008-10")

    AMEREN IS A MEMBER OF ALEC
    Ameren is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a very powerful group that craft legislative bills to change laws that will directly benefit their bottom line. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. Learn more at ALECexposed.org.

    AMEREN SPENDS TO CANCEL MY VOTE/VOICE IN ILLINOIS
    Ameren is one of the largest energy company contributors to both Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress. These contributions total $132,500 to the 110th US Congress (as of the third quarter). My Illinois Senator, Richard Durban, received $152,725 from combined energy interests. Jerry Costello (D-IL12), my Representative, received $190,150.

    Note--More information on coal industry contributions to Congress can be found at FollowtheCoalMoney.org, a project sponsored by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Oil Change International and Appalachian Voices.

    Thank you

    Gale Thackrey
  • January 10, 2012

    For God's Sake - NO WORK, NO MONEY and greedy ameren wants ANOTHER increase!! How about ameren HELP US to put food on the table, especially those with children!!!
    Christine Shepler
  • January 10, 2012

    Dear Sir,
    I am writing to you today to urge you to reject Ameren's proposed hike in the electric rates in the State of Illinois. They already have plenty of income, and they're just trying to file a rate increase, because they are being squeezed by the State government on the bill before the State Congress. They are simply trying to get income that they do not need. Please do not let them do this. Thank you very much.

    Very truly yours,
    Thomas M. Mitchell III

    Thomas M. Mitchell III
  • January 10, 2012

    Dear ICC Board Members,

    An administrative judge has ruled that Ameren electric customers should get a refund in the amount of $40 million. Please uphold that ruling and do not let Ameren get away with the repeated unecessary rate increase requests that they keep filing.

    Tod Satterthwaite
    Champaign, IL

    Tod Satterthwaite
  • January 10, 2012

    I want to object to Ameren Illinois trying to have their own rate increase dismissed in order to not pay Illinois cunsumers a refund.
    Russell L Musgrave
  • January 10, 2012

    AMEREN LNEEDS TO GIVE THE CUSTOMERS THE $40 MILLION REFUND THEY ARE DUE. NO SIDE TRACKING TO GET OUT OF THIS BY SOME LEGAL MOVE AND THEN FILING FOR MORE FROM THE CUSTOMERS ONCE AGAIN. THEY OVER CHARGED AND WE THE CUSTOMER SHOULD GET A REFUND NOT A RATE INCREASE. YOUR JOB IS TO PROTECT THE IL CONSUMERS PSO WE DON'T GET RIPPED OFF.
    THOMAS O BOND

    THOMAS O BOND
  • January 10, 2012

    I understand the ICC will be meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 to make a decision on Ameren's petition for an electric and natural gas rate increase. As Ameren actually owes their customers more than $40 million in refunds, I hereby petition the ICC thusly: do NOT allow the SB1652 electric rate increase legislation to confuse the issue. Ameren rightfully owes the refunds to its customers and should be required to pay the refunds in a real-people's reasonable length of time (since they do not have the honesty and integrity to do it on their own without mandate). To negate the refunds because they claim they need a rate increase is just wrong. Enough is enough.
    Sheri Brownfield
  • January 10, 2012

    As a couple on a restricted income, we are against 11-0279 (SB1652) which will increase our Ameren bill. An ICC administration Law Judge even stated that customers should actually receive a refund, not a rate increase!
    The Ortens
  • January 10, 2012

    Why isn't Ameren paying back consumers as ordered by a federal judge?
    Kareen biggins
  • January 10, 2012

    reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!
    Paul Hill
  • January 10, 2012

    Reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!
    Ted Connolly
  • January 10, 2012

    reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!
    Shandra Sams
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren owes its customers the refund as determined by law. Before another rate increase is even contemplated, the refund MUST BE PAID, and the Ameren profit and loss and costs of procurement need to be thoroughly examined by qualified accountants with the public interest in mind, NOT shareholders!

    This economy and the state of our nation need special attention from the ICC. Help our people, not the monopoly called Ameren.

    Carlin Coleman Selby
  • January 10, 2012

    Illinois Commerce Commission to reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!
    Ellen Ramsey
  • January 10, 2012

    As recent transplants to the State of Illinois, the "welcome" greetings from locals has more often than not been proceeded by "welcome to the Land of Taxes"; not or no longer the "Land of Lincoln"! The "Ameren" cases are just another instance of improper justification and scrutiny of utility business practices with regards to cost management and control to which all other great companies follow. Deregulation policies have not produced the desired results (consumer savings and/or choice) as anticipated; instead, it's aided utilities to better monopolize i.e. consolidate businesses under the premise of advantages and savings to consumers. As a commerce commission, rate increase justification based soley upon future and anticipated commodity and operational expenses is a necessary step; however, the additional investigatory practice(s) of examining performance, ROI, efficiencies and effectiveness, etc. upon the operational, capital/expense expenditures, maintenance, and asset performance and reliability should be carefully examined as well. I dare say that a public utility company is one type of entity on a very short list of businesses that is assured a profit (or atleast break-even) from a profit/loss standpoint. As such, where are the necessary drivers to ensure performance, reliability, and continuous improvement that most (if not all) other companies are scrutinized under? In my opinion, I don't believe they're there; so, we vote "NO" on the proposed/requested rate increases submitted by Ameren.
    Mark & Terri Rohanna
  • January 10, 2012

    do not let AMEREN advoid paying the refund the custmers are owed! I have a empty apartment it uses 0 kw ea of 3 mo my bill runs over 14.00 per mo just to have a meeter as the people of ill suffer from ression major debt of the state it is time the over paid officers come down to earth 250,000$ is still a lot of money didnt Lee Iacocca work for 1 dollar Bill Ford was 0 the last I knew so if they wine about profit take a pay cut I have.
    Greg tarter
  • January 10, 2012

    As a customer of Ameren, I am requesting my fair share of the 40 million due Illinois customers and would ask that no rate increases will be imposed.
    Garfield W. McDowell
  • January 10, 2012

    Please reject Ameren's attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!
    Robert Frank and Carol Frank
  • January 10, 2012

    Please reject Ameren's attempt to avoid giving customers the 40 million rebate.
    Robert Reed
  • January 10, 2012

    PLEASE! As a member of the 50,000 (or so) retirees of this nation, I beg you to stop Ameren in their never-ending quest to rob us of not only our ever-decreasing monetary resources, but due to that, our very existence! The recent attempt by these money-grubbers to pass thru a raise in fees for products is unconsciable! Not only that but they refuse to pay us the $40 million refund they owe us! We desperately need your advocacy as they apparently think they are unstoppable! PLEASE! Help us now!
    Eugene Kindle
  • January 10, 2012

    tell ameren to give us are refund, do not cave to this greedy monopoly.
    thomas stoecker
  • January 10, 2012

    Please REJECT Ameren's attempt to get out of paying the refund we customers are owed! If you have a link to an online petition, please send to me.
    Thank you very much,

    Kelly Nickolaus
  • January 10, 2012

    Please consider that enouigh is enough.
    As a consumer and retiree I am struggling daily to make ends meet, due to recent increases in all utilities.
    I assume that when there is no additional money to be gotten from the consumer, only then will AMEREN be satified.
    Please DO NOT allow them to increase our rates again or not refund money owed to us.
    Thank you,

    Ronald Wunder
  • January 10, 2012

    It seems that more and more Americans are loosing faith in our elected officials, and with good reason. Big money and special intersts win - all of the time. The problems is, that we pay for their wins ... out of our pockets by watching our elected representatives fade deeper and deeper in the pockets of the Oligarchs.

    Ameren is one such special interest; quick to spend money on PR that's not not needed, and designed to proivde citizens with a false sense of their being, and by donating $-millions-$ to politicians, and political wanna-bees - both of whom soon become their hand-maidens.

    It's time for Ameren to face the people the claim to serve - stop strealing from us - and for you, our "representatives", to do your jobs.

    Hans (John) Baumann
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren's rate increase request should be denied. They owe a refund to consumers from the huge profits already garnered. In these difficult times of unemployment and a sluggish economy, Illinois' citizens should not be hit with another increase in their cost of living. Please deny this increase request.
    Peggy A. Stolz
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren should not be allowed to increase their rates. They should pay a refund for over charging consumers.
    Loyd White
  • January 10, 2012

    To Whom it may concern:

    I have just been made aware of the fact that Ameran is wanting a rate increase for their customers using electricity. From what I have learned, the Administrative Law Judge from your agency has determined that Ameran should be giving their electric customers a refund amounting to $40 million. How can anyone justify Ameran the right to raise their rates when, in fact, they should be giving a refund? I ask you to please consider refusing to give Ameran the rate increase and making them give us customers our rightful refund. Thank you.

    Michael R. Kerker
  • January 10, 2012

    However, Ameren is trying to use the recent electric rate increase legislation (SB1652) as justification for getting out of paying this refund to customers. They want to have their own rate case dismissed so they don’t have to pay YOU the refund that you are owed!

    I want what is owed to me!

    Donald Lang
  • January 10, 2012

    I operate a non-profit, 501-3-C child care center in Litchfield. My power bill and gas are so costly that we struggle to keep the doors open. Our power bill with Ameren averages over $650 a month. I have bought electric from another company and Ameren still charges more to bring it to the door than its costs to purchase it. In the fall months, when our energy costs are really down, Ameren charges twice as much to deliver it as we used.
    We are a small business who are caught by commercial rates and yet don't use the amount of energy to make the commerical rates count for us. Meanwhile, Ameren charges SO much to get it to us. Most of our parents are making minumum wage and can't make ends meet while trying to keep their families warm at home either.
    I understand that Ameren employees often start at $20 an hour. Ameren executives get in the range of $5000-$7000 a month in OUR area while their neighbors REALLY struggle and the places that watch their children such as ours. Something is not right and needs to change!
    I understand that they are trying to get out of the refunds owed to people, please reject this refusal. Currently, our center's very LARGEST bill is Amerens. It is more than our lease amount, insurance or anything! We are not eligible for power subsidies, I understand as school district or low income home owners because we are in Ameren eyes, a business. Our current payroll for 9 employees is $7500 a month! Some of these Ameren executives make that as a single person in one month. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Ameren needs to be made to budget and discount as the rest of us do, not raise rates and them raise their executives wages.
    When the Ameren bills are so high, I don't take a paycheck personally. I work an average of 38 hours a week and pay myself about $11,000 per year so that we can pay the Ameren bill. You figure that out per hour and week and dare any Ameren executive to work for that amount!
    My mother who is on a fixed income, keeps her thermostat on 62 degrees most of the winter and is hunddled in blankets so that she can afford the bill. I think she goes to Wendy's for a cup of coffee so often to warm up. That is sad.
    Thanks so much for listening. Hope you can do something about it before more doors close and more people get too cold in their homes to live.
    Vernetta Hardt, director of Almost Home Child Care, Inc. Litchfield, IL

    Vernetta Hardt
  • January 10, 2012

    Any other company must pay for upgrades out of their own profits. Ameren has an abundance of profits. It's time for them pay their own way. As their profits have gone up our rates have gone up. Deny this rate increase now.
    Allyson Frink
  • January 10, 2012

    Please deny Ameren's request for another rate increase and require that refunds due to Ameren customers be paid in full. It was this time of year just a few years ago that our rates were raised substantially. What do they want, blood?

    Sidney Henderson

    Sidney Henderson
  • January 10, 2012

    I continuely receive offers from other electric providers that offer a cheaper rate for electric, it make me wonder why is Ameren asking for an increase. I also know that in the past several years they have cut back in service to its customers. Speaking of service I live on a grid that has in the past year and every year that I have lived here (26 years) have had as many as ten outages per year. There seem to be no concern for the consumers in Illinois. Knowing that the company that owns and operates Ameren is based in St. Louis and they really don't care about us.
    Just a heads up when Ameren took over the gas supply it was only a small time until we began receiving a high amount of smell with the gas we bought, maybe they were purging out the large storage they have in St. Louis county.
    Tell us why they need an increase that makes sense and maybe then it would make sense. SAY NO TO AN INCREASE.
    Thank you
    Peter J. Douros one unhappy consumer of Ameren.

    Peter J. Douros
  • January 10, 2012

    Please do not let Ameren get out of refunding their customers what they should. Ameren keeps wanting more increases that are out of what their customers can afford. But when they owe their customers they do not want to acknowledge that the money is owed to their customers. Please do not give them another Increase-make them pay back the extra money do to their customers.
    Mary Blue
  • January 10, 2012

    I am opposed to the rate increase. Please vote no! This company has made a profit the last 2 years while us consumers struggle to pay our bills. It is ridiculous that a company this big is still wanting more money!
    Mindy Warren
  • January 10, 2012

    My wife and I oppose the amount of the rate increase sought and are still waiting for our electric rebate to be approved and sent to us.
    Alvin Hintz
  • January 10, 2012

    I feel that Ameren is attepting to avoid paying a refund that is owed to it's customers. Ameren is trying to use the recent electric rate increase legeslation (SB1652) as justification for getting out of paying this refund to it's customers. They want to have their own rate case dismissed so they don't have to pay the refund. Please keep this in mind as you (the ICC) make your decision, by January 12th, on Ameren's petition for rate increase. Thank you.
    Carol Gardner
  • January 10, 2012

    Please vote NO for the rate increase
    Susan Redwinski
  • January 10, 2012

    Why is it this company can get away with this. "Recently, an Administrative Law Judge with the ICC reviewed Ameren’s case and determined that, instead of increasing consumers’ electric rates, Ameren should be giving customers a $40 million refund." I agree with this judge. Ameren needs to pay up.
    Zack Pappas
  • January 10, 2012

    Do not dismiss this case in order for Ameren to get out of refunding money to customers.
    Robert Laird
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren has sought to receive as much as it can possibly get in rates for as long as I can remember. It recently lost a case, and is directed to pay a refund. It is now trying to avoid paying the judgement. This is typical. It bought off the legislature, and now is trying to maximize its victory. Please stop them from avoiding paying the judgement to the people.
    Ronald C Wagner
  • January 10, 2012

    If the following is true.....I personally do NOT want Ameren to be able to get out of paying consumers what they are owed!
    "Ameren petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission for an electric and natural gas rate increase – and the ICC has until January 12th to make their decision. Recently, an Administrative Law Judge with the ICC reviewed Ameren’s case and determined that, instead of increasing consumers’ electric rates, Ameren should be giving customers a $40 million refund.
    However, Ameren is trying to use the recent electric rate increase legislation (SB1652) as justification for getting out of paying this refund to customers. They want to have their own rate case dismissed so they don’t have to pay YOU the refund that you are owed!
    The ICC will be meeting on Thursday, January 5th to decide what to do. It’s time to make your voice heard!
    Call the ICC at 1-800-524-0795 or visit www.icc.illinois.gov and tell the Illinois Commerce Commission to reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!"

    Guy Stambaugh
  • January 10, 2012

    Please do not allow Ameren to increase anything until they pay back the Illinois consumers the $40 million they owe the people SB 1652
    Carol Alwood
  • January 10, 2012

    I think our Electric rates are high enougth. In Illinois our taxes and electric rates are already higher than Missouri. Senior Citizens on Social Security can't pay much more then we already are.
    Ollie E. Kronk
  • January 10, 2012

    ICC I think its time Ameren Illinois learns to manage it busines in a manner that doesn't continuously need to rely on rate increases. Enough is enough no more increases! Geald Knight
    Gerald Knight
  • January 10, 2012

    Please reject this proposal for an general increase in electric delivery service rates. (tariffs filed February 18, 2011) as they want this increase to help pay for a judement from Administrative Law Judge with the ICC reviewed Ameren’s case and determined that, instead of increasing consumers’ electric rates, Ameren should be giving customers a $40 million refund. Thank you.
    Guy Heller
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren should have to give us the refund as ruled on by the ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE not increase our bill yet again. It would be nice if the little guy won once in a while. We who live on a fixed income would like to have an increase too. We are told cut back, I believe Ameren should cut back instead of giving high bonuses to their top tier employees.
    Arthur D Morstatter
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren should pay the refund due us not increase our rates yet again.
    Norma J Morstatter
  • January 10, 2012

    Please do not allow our rates to increase and hold Ameren to the 40 million reimbursement they owe us. My friends and I are elderly and on fixed below poverty incomes. Please help us out.
    Barbara Davidson
  • January 10, 2012

    As I sit in my own, paid-for home, with only a few lights on, with the heat turned down to 62, with my body warm due to the three layers I'm wearing, but my fingers cold as I type, I'm wondering how Ameren can possibly understand the situation of the average consumer. I would request that the ICC NOT allow Ameren to dismiss the refund due the consumer. I can't understand why the average consumer is relagated to living second-class, while Ameren (record profits, bonuses to execs) acts as if they live in a different country. It doesn't seem fair.
    Gary A Jacobs
  • January 10, 2012

    There is no reason not to pay the refund that your customers are owed. Your profit is way more than is needed. Don't try to full the public. We are not stupid.
    Gloria Heldlerman
  • January 10, 2012

    As a retiree on social security with little or no increases over the past few years, I respectfully demand that Ameren Illinois do NOT receive any rate increases (electric or gas) until caps are in place on all pay, incentives, and bonuses for management personnel in all their companies (parent and subsiderary). Also, Ameren should not be able to withdraw their current proposed electric rate hike in order to avoid refunds related to the rate hike.
    James Granger
  • January 10, 2012

    Reject Ameren’s attempt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren customers are owed!
    Woodrow Sullivan
  • January 10, 2012

    Do not allow the increase in electric rates. Have Ameren rebat the money to the customers. The rates have done nothing but go up since they bought CIPS.
    Patrick Mahoney
  • January 10, 2012

    It is my understanding that Ameren is asking for a rate increase to discuise the fact that the company actualy owes its customers a rebate of over $40million. Please see to it that Ameren treats its customers fairly.
    James W. Dix
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren-Illinois needs to pay back to their customers what has been awarded to them by past rulings and not be awarded a new rate hike to make matters worse in this state's economy and the struggles of its residents,many of which are left unemployed because of the fat cats milking the people of what little is left to survive on.Someone needs to address this issue with the so-called people's politicians in Springfield and let them know it's election year and many of them will not be re-elected because of their votes for this rate hike.Thanking you in advance,Jim Grady
    James J.Grady
  • January 10, 2012

    I don't want Ameren to be allowed to increase fees. It is already the most expensive utility we have. They made a profit, we did not.
    Patti Damm
  • January 10, 2012

    Tell Ameren Ill. to forget the gas and electric INCREASE. It's high enough 97ZZ2
    harry gates
  • January 10, 2012

    Please turn down Ameren's request for a rate increase, they should, instead, be giving customers a refund. I own property in St Clair and Jersey counties and utility services were formerly provided by Illinois Power & CIPS. Since Ameren took over almost all of the electrical services in Central & Southern Illinois, rates are much higher and service is very poor. I am 63 years old and we have had more and longer power outages since Ameren took over than the many years before with Illinois Power or CIPS. I do not understand how the State of Illinois allowed an out-of-state utility to come in and buy up all of the regional utilities. Someone should investigate how that happened and who got paid off.
    Larry Lorsbach
  • January 10, 2012

    Please reject Ameren's electric rate increase and their attempt to avoid paying the refund that Ameren customers are owed. Thank You
    Tom Drake
  • January 10, 2012

    It's shameful that Ameren is requesting rate hikes while posting robust profits. Seniors and those on fixed incomes should not be lining the pockets of Ameren's stockholders.
    LINDSAY R. WEBER
  • January 10, 2012

    Prease reject amerns case not to refund what is owed to its electric users.
    Larry Britton

    Larry Britton
  • January 10, 2012

    Please reject Ameren's attmpt to avoid paying a refund that Ameren's customers are apparently owed.
    Thanks.

    Rudolf Mortimer
  • January 10, 2012

    I am opposed to Ameren raising rates in IL.
    Felicia Kinney
  • January 10, 2012

    The seniors of Illinois can not afford this rate increase, and the economy in Illinois can not either. Thanks Bob
    Bob S
  • January 10, 2012

    I don't see how you can justify yet another increase. Those of us on fixed retirement incomes cannot afford this! Please deny this request.
    Larry Stratton
  • January 10, 2012

    I protest the increase in rates of Ameren Illinois, as recently approved by the State Legislature overriding Governor Quinn's veto. I am not at all convinced Ameren needs a rate increase to provide better, cleaner, and more efficient electrical power to us, the consumers. It is an insult to our intelligence when the Social Security payments were not raised for retirees for two consecutive years. We are being forced to reduce our food budgets and pharmaceutical costs in order to pay for basic utilities. Further, our adult children and grandchildren are struggling to find jobs, affordable housing and those same basic utilities. It is outrageous that a group of well-paid executives think they are entitled to earn better profits during these difficult, sometimes desperate, economical times.
    Mildred Halterman
  • January 10, 2012

    Americans are being pushed to levels as not seen in many years. I am a veteran, disabled, Federal Employee and Pastor. Ameren is taking advantage of getting rich at the cost of causing people to choose between food, health or to have heat. SB1652 is a direct reflection of this behavior.

    I am asking you to stop this foolish behavior and let the common man gain a little self respect. Please stop this move by Ameren and support your tax paying people of Illinois

    Thank you

    Gary Arivett
  • January 9, 2012

    Your customers do not want or need an increase in their electric bills!Is the real reason so that your CEO's can afford $600,000 to $1 million homes?!!! I know you are wanting to install Smart Meters on our homes - is that why you want to increase our bills to pay for these meters? Well, I do not want a Smart Meter on my home so that you can see everything I am doing, when I am doing it and when I am home or not. It is none of your business.I read the CEO's letter in the Journal Star about the need to increase our rates. You better think twice about this! Thousands are without jobs, thousands have no money for food or medicines - don't you have a care? Don't you have feelings for those less fortunate than your CEO's???We do not want the Smart Meter on our home - it is an invasion of our privacy! That is covered by our Constitution. Quit being like the obama administration!
  • January 6, 2012

    I want the Commission to allow Ameren to continue to make charitable donations because they are one of our greatest supporters and this would leave a hole in their budget. It is difficult to receive grants and this would hurt us if it is stopped.
  • January 4, 2012

    Say no to the rate increase for Ameren.
  • December 29, 2011

    I am against the rate increase.
  • December 28, 2011

    I want to urge you to reject Ameren's attempt to avoid paying the refund to the customers. Thank you.
  • December 28, 2011

    I do not wish to have a rate increase in my Natural Gas. In this economy I don't think it's fair to have to pay more for my heat when I can barely afford it now. Last winter I turned my heat down to 60 degrees just to keep my heating bill under $100.00. My house is insulated and has thermal windows. This year so far I've kept the thermostat at 65, but if it gets colder will be forced to go down more. A rate increase will just force me to go lower. I have a job but can only imagine what the elderly are going through. Please have some compassion for the low income and elderly and don't let Ameren IP have their rate increase.SincerelyJill Schleper
  • December 27, 2011

    I am against the proposed increase for Ameren.
  • December 27, 2011

    I am against the rate increase for Ameren Electric services
  • December 27, 2011

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    I am calling to vote no to Ameren's rate increase. It's not doing customer's any good/only the shareholders! I vote no!

  • December 21, 2011

    As a person on disability and medicare, I am definitely against rate hikes for a hugely profitable utility such as Ameren Illinois.
    charles tidwell
  • December 20, 2011

    WE ARE SENIORS AND ON A FIXED INCOME. WE CANNOT AFFORD A RATE INCREASE. WE ARE OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
  • December 19, 2011

    I know Ameren had a profit in 2009 and 2010 so I don’t know why Ameren needs an increase. The people of Illinois can not afford this.
  • December 12, 2011

    No more raises!
    No one is raising my set income. Everyone - water, electric, gas, plan D, wants increases. Mortgage was increased, insurance was increased, where am I and others like me supposed to get the money?

    Margaret Konie
  • December 12, 2011

    I'm asking that the politicians that represent me vote against Ameren/ComEd
    getting any rate increases. When I go to work tomorrow, I'm going to tell my boss that I'll continue to give him quality work if he gives me a pay raise. Let's see how far that goes. Or maybe I'll tell him that I need a new vehicle, and demand a pay raise.
    These are the tactics that Ameren uses to get our money. Ameren tells us that they will be able to continue giving us uninterrupted service if they get a rate increase.
    Then they say they need to upgrade their system if they get a rate increase.
    Let their share holders take one on the chin like the rest of the economy.
    If everyone else has to work harder for the same/less pay, then Ameren can take it's spoonful of medicine also.
    I'm sure they can get by just like everyone else.

    mike montgomery
  • December 12, 2011

    Enough already! Stop giving Ameren Illinois more of our money.

    Ameren Illinois' profits increased by $78 million last year alone! How can you possibly justify giving them yet ANOTHER increase?

    Are you "anti-Robbin Hood", taking from the poor and giving to the rich?

    Tell Ameren to invest their profits in their company like other (non-monopoly) companies do and stop constantly asking for rate increases. I cannot go to my employer and ask for an increase every time YOU allow Ameren to increase my bill, which has already increased from $80/month to $191/month despite our best efforts to decrease our usage.

    Please, please, please help Ameren's customers survive instead of allowing Ameren to consistently increase their profits by increasing their rates.

    Thank you.

    Bruce Wenneker
  • December 6, 2011

    I am in protest of Ameren's $90 Million rate increase request.
  • December 6, 2011

    Since the company made a profit of $338 million in the last 2 years I don't feel they need another $90 million at this time. I am senior citizen and everything goes up and have not had a raise in 2 years.
  • December 6, 2011

    I am 80 years old. My blue cross blue shield is going up my prescription plan, life insurance; food housing you can do the math and see that prices are rising. What Ameren is asking for is Obscene. The utility companies are out of control. Now they want the poor to pay for it.
  • December 5, 2011

    Im a newly retired resident of Illinois on a fixed income, Im trying to cut expenses, and bracing for another possible recession. If Ameren Illinois wants to invest an additional $90 million on the backs of Illinois tax payers. After receiving over $50 million each year since 2007. Let them use some of the $208 million profits they made in 2010. I stand with AARP of Illinois, The citizens utility board and the Illinois Attorney general Lisa madigan D, I say NO the the Utility hike.
    Jewell Watkins
  • December 5, 2011

    I am not in favor of this increase
    mary huchting
  • December 5, 2011

    We bought this property in Janesville 2003, Our light bill was right around $40 dollars a month. It had gradually went up to as much as $380 dollars a month nothing has changed except we installed energy saving light bulbs. living in a mobile home we heated w/propane I asked why our bill was so high and couldn't get an answer about that. I did find out I had a short since then it was fixed. The bill did drop down to $140 dollars a month. when I would have a water leak clear water would call and say ya must have a leak your bill is $70 dollars I fixed that. its back to $17 now. But Ameren won't call or give a reason for a high bill. Besides they put a digital meter up for us, Instead of the old type that turns.And our bill is still high .So 2 months ago we moved out of mobile home & moved in a 40ft. fifth wheel camper. just to save on electric bill. & This spring we are moving to kentucky I want away from Ameren. & their rates. And every time I didn't have enough to pay entire bill Ameren would shut us off and give us a new account And make us pay another 100 deposit. That happened for 4 months in a row at $380.00 dollar light bill + $100 deposit. "I Really don't think Ameren needs a rate hike" & one time I asked our township supervisor if they would help us on light bill sure they would Barb Lawyer sent a check on our behalf for the bill. and they said they never got it & didn't apply to our account and she got the returned check & showed it to us. But Ameren denied it all.
    William & Lorie Higgens
  • December 5, 2011

    Absolutely do not let them raise their rates! We turn down our heat or turn up the air conditioning to save money while they keep getting raises on the backs of their customers. It's time they not only get their raise, but let's see them cut back for a change!
    Christina Thomas
  • December 5, 2011

    I oppose the rate increase asked for by Ameren Illinois. This rate increase would create a hardship for seniors and low income families.

    Ameren should pay for improvements out of its profits, which they seem to have a lot of.

    Please rule against this rate increase.

    Sheryl Hutchinson
  • December 5, 2011

    I am against the rate hike. I am a senior on a fixed income that can not get assistance. the rate increase would be a burden to me. They had profits in 2010 and 2009. The company should pay for improvements.
  • November 30, 2011

    I am not an Ameren customer but I am against their rate increase requests. Com Ed is trying to do the same thing in my area. Greed. People on fixed incomes are being taxed to death. It's all politics. I am very opposed to this company getting more money from the citizens of IL. How much money do they need?
  • November 30, 2011

    vote no regarding Ameren rate increase
  • November 29, 2011

    In any commercial you hear about stocks and mutual funds, they ALWAYS have a disclaimer. The disclaimer explains that the investors run the risk of losing their money as the markets can go down. But with Ameren, the investors ar NOT taking a risk! Ameren has a "captive audience" and does everything it can to insure that their investors never are at risk.

    This is NOT RIGHT! Customers should NOT BE "GOUGED" to insure that Ameren can pay its dividends! The investors should shoulder some of the risk in their returns or get out of the business entirely!

    John Frazier
  • November 29, 2011

    I am writing about the rate increase by Ameren. My income taxes have gone up 66%. Illinois American water wants to raise their rates. I can’t afford any more rate increases. I am barely surviving financially. If there are any more increases the street will be my new home.
    Ken Ebright
  • November 29, 2011

    Dear Sirs,

    As a retiree I am against any rate increases proposed by Ameren Illinois. Ameren has received a $44 million increase in its electric and natural gas rates in the last year. This additional increase would create hardships for older and low-income ratepayers.

    Ameren Illinois posted a profit of $208 million in 2010, up from $130 million in 2009. Ameren should pay for the improvements they seek from these profits and not by continued rate increases on older and low-income ratepayers.

    Thank you for this opportunity to comment on this proposed rate increase.

    David Carlig
  • November 29, 2011

    I am AGAINST Ameren's proposed electric rate increase because it will cause undue hardship for senior citizens on a fixed income!
    Larry R. Gaertner
  • November 29, 2011

    I am opposed to Ameren raising rates in IL

    N. Daly

    Noel Daly
  • November 29, 2011

    I am deffinitely opposed to Ameren raising our rates

    B. Eichaker

    Bridget Eichaker
  • November 29, 2011

    profits should be used to build plant ... not consumer increases...
    TTKSV

    Edward Flowers
  • November 29, 2011

    I believe that it is not in the best interests of most Illinois citizens to pay for a monopoly to improve their capability to increase their profits. It is the responsibility of the company's share holders to invest the company's assets rather than for its customer to pay for for infrastructure upgrade.
    William L Horton
  • November 29, 2011

    I am opposed to the rate increase proposed by Ameren Illinois for electricity. A rate hike in these difficult financial times will have a particularly damaging effect on seniors and low income households who are struggling to make ends meet at current rates. Low income ndividuals over 50 years old currently spend 14 % of their annual household income on utilities and cannot afford an increase in expenses at this time.
    Mark E. Hartman
  • November 29, 2011

    I am opposed to the Ameren Illinois proposed increase in electrical rates. Any rate hike in these difficult financial times will be a hardship on consumers, especially low income and senior households. Currently low income individuals over 50 years old spend 14 % of their annual household income on utilities. A rate hike would be devastating for low income and senior households who are struggling to meet expenses at the current utility rates.
    Elizabeth Zurliene Hartman
  • November 29, 2011

    I respectfully request that the rate increase proposal be denied. This is a time of general economic hardship, especially for seniors, unemployed and financially challenged individuals and families. Ameren Illinois has sufficient profits that this increase is not necessary.
    Jerry Stromberg
  • November 29, 2011

    Our electric bill is too high as it is. My husband and I were both laid off from high paying jobs and moved back to his home town in Clinton, IL. We are now earning less than a fifth of what were earning in the past. Our electric bill is almost as much as our rent payment and seems to be outrageous no matter how much we cut back. To add insult to injury, we never missed a payment or had our electric cut off but because we were late a few times Ameren charged us a $500 deposit and added $99 a month to our bill until the $500 deposit was paid in full. They went even further and said if we were late on our bill in the next 12 months the $500 deposit would not be refunded. I had called a week or so before they charged us the deposit to see what could be done about our high bills. They did not have a solution to offer and then charged us the deposit. When I called to complain about the deposit and ask how I was suppsoed to pay the extra $99 a month on a bill that was already difficult to pay I was told about budget billing. My question is why didn't they offer this when I called before charging me the extra $500 deposit? Every single thing in our life has increased except our income. Doesn't it make more sense to reduce the cost of living so we have more money to spend to help put the economy back on track? Imagine if we reduced the cost of living by 1% across the board instead of raising costs as much as companies can get by with. If everything keeps going up except our incomes how does anyone expect us to be able to pay any of our bills, much less afford even higher electric bills?
    Pat Boyd
  • November 29, 2011

    I oppose the rate increase. Any improvements needed should be taken out of the 2010 profits 208 million. My money goes for food,gas and medications.
    lupe plancarte
  • November 29, 2011

    I am against a rate hike. I see no reason for this increase and the details did not provide any reason for the increase.
    Joyce Moore
  • November 29, 2011

    The time has come for people in positions of power to consider the burdens piled upon the backs of consumers when approached by profit-grabbing entities such as this one by AmerenIll. and JUST SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!
    Frederick Behrens
  • November 29, 2011

    Ameren of Illinois does not need another rate increase. Every time they get a rate increase the ceo and other upper management receives a large increase in salary. Profits increased from 130 million to 208 million in 2010. Only Ameren does not tell us how much cash is lying around not used. Thanks ! Ron.
    Ron Krebel
  • November 29, 2011

    I strongly urge you to deny this rate increase for Ameren Illinois. If ever there were an example of corporate greed, it is Ameren Illinois. This corporation posted profits of $130 million in 2009 and $208 million in 2010. Last year the ICC granted Ameren a $44 million increase in its electric and natural gas rates. Yet in 2011 they're back at the taxpayer trough, greedily asking for another $90 million rate increase. Isn't it about time they used the profits they bled from Illinois citizens to fund their upgrades. Let their shareholders bear a little more of the burden. Deny this increase in its entirety!
    Robert Marsden
  • November 29, 2011

    We are doing everything we can to be energy-efficient, but these rate increases are becoming a hardship, during these hard economic times for many people. It appears that Ameren Illinois has posted a significant profit in 2010, nearly double that of 2009.
    Deny this rate increase.

    Stephen B. and JKathryn M. Gossard
  • November 29, 2011

    Please deny this rate hike.
    Ameren Illinois posted a profit of $208 Million in 2010. The company needs to spend its own money to upgrade its infrastructure and buy new trucks, just as I need to spend my own money to re-roof my home and replace my own vehicle.

    I join the Citizens Utility Board and Atty. General Lisa Madigan in opposing this measure.

    Thank you,
    Karen Huelsman Klicki

    Karen Huelsman Klicki
  • November 29, 2011

    I am protesting this rate hike. We already pay enough without paying anymore! It puts a strain on our already tight budgets.
    Jacie Cartwright
  • November 29, 2011

    Please don't increase delivery service rates. There is no justification for it, and it is unconscionable in light of the rotten economy. Social Security beneficiaries haven't received a cost of living increase for two years; worker's wages have likewise stagnated, and unemployment in IL currently stands at 10.1%.
    Kathleen Everingham
  • November 29, 2011

    I am not happy about the pending Ameren rate hike. We can't afford to pay any more than we already do.
    Margaret O'Toole
  • November 29, 2011

    I am one of the 99% who are tired of rich corporations asking the public to assist them in their endeavors. Ameren Illinois is a business. As such, it is no different than retail stores or local businesses. CEO's of retail stores and owners of local businesses do not ask the public for increases in cash flow for their ventures. They spend their own money to do so. It is what business is all about. They take a chance and either make more profit or they take a chance and lose money. It should be the same for Ameren Illinois. The middle class and the lower class have enough difficulty making ends meet without this kind of heavyhandedness.
    Joseph I Hajny
  • November 29, 2011

    I THINK AMERICAN WATER HAS BEEN UNFAIR TO OUR AREA AND OVER CHARGED THE PRICE OF WATER. I THINK THERE SHOULD BE THOROUGH AUDIT AND INSPECTION SHOULD BE DONE.
    JAKVANI
  • November 29, 2011

    I feel that Ameren IL already makes enough money and that the consumers shouldn't have to pay any more when the economy is already so bad!
    Linda Greene
  • November 29, 2011

    I am against any more rate increases.
    michael b. hyde
  • November 29, 2011

    Ameren is making record profits and private companies SHOULD finance their own upgrades. They can issue bonds and obtain financing if they have to. Of course, they don't have to because of their financial status. Why should the peopple of Illinois finance something that the company can and should do on THEIR OWN.
    Don Clark
  • November 29, 2011

    I don't know how much more the people of Illinois can take. Gas prices are high, tolls are doubling, our salaries are down - IF we even have a job. My family is struggling to education three children, pay our taxes and pay our bills. I'm sorry Ameren needs to BIGGER P R O F I T, but I for one can not pay for it. I oppose the rate hike and would hope you would also.
    Karen Garnett
  • November 29, 2011

    The ICC needs to take a closer look at the profits posted by Ameren Illinois. Exactly why should a company that has posted a profit of $208 million in 2010 need a rate increase?

    The electric lines from the pole behind my home to the previous pole are the same wires that were installed in 1954 when this home was constructed. This line is bare in multiple places yet I continue to be charged more and more to upgrade the system and create a "smart grid". Wouldn't you think that at some point in time that would include some new lines? I'm sure I an not the only person with 50+ year old electric lines. I say NO to any rate increase for Ameren Illinois.

    The ICC needs to do their job. Work for the people and not the utility company.

    Thomas Staub
  • November 29, 2011

    I live near their Belleville Operations Yard. After consolidation and closing a customer service office at this location, a large part of the office space sat idle for years. Suddenly, about two years ago they BUILT ON to the office. Whenever their service trucks leave for routine work, it's usually three and sometimes four at a time. They all seem to be heading to the same place. There does not seem to be any effort to maximize their resources or operate efficiently. And what do their management people make? I know for a fact that the corporate officers make more than some of the largest publicly traded companies in St. Louis. I think it is way past time to rein in Ameren.
    Jim Eisenhauer
  • November 29, 2011

    I do not feel that Ameren should be approved for a rate increase at this time. It is not the consumers fault that the utility company has not upgraded their infrastructure on an ongoing basis, or their aging vehicle fleet. They have, like other companies, not kept up with the daily necessities of business in order to increase their profits, so that the company looks good to stock holders and the upper executive can receive a hefty bonus each year. They should be using their huge profits to support their company and not put hardships on the consumers that are having a hard time with the economy and unemployment. I think it is time that everyone start looking out for the consumers and vote NO for the increase
    MARY KAMADULSKI
  • November 29, 2011

    I have to agree with Frank Price. If Ameren Illinois has profits of $208 million, why does it have to gouge the consumer???
    Judith Winter
  • November 29, 2011

    I am against the rate hike as I feel that Ameren is making enough profit (208 million in 2010) that they could reinvest some of that profit to avoid these constant rate hikes. Since 2007 Ameren has requested 563 million and has been granted almost 206 million.

    Enough is enough!

    Dave Shreve
  • November 28, 2011

    I feel strongly against any rate hike for this company. I am tired of these companies asking for rate hike after hike. It comes down to paying for heat and eating macaroni and cheese constantly and people cannot afford it.
  • November 28, 2011

    I am totally opposed to any rate increase for Ameren Il. they made 130 million in profit last year and now want an increase again. they need to use this profit to repair and upgrade their lines. I am against this.
  • November 23, 2011

    I feel we have paid enough and believe the company should not get another rate hike. We are paying out too much now and another rate hike would be awful at this time.
  • November 22, 2011

    Enough is enough! "Deny this rate increase!" How much money does a utility have to make? Ameren posted a profit of $208 million lat year. Any congress man who votes for this rate increase will not have our vote in the next election. I speak for a group of retired citizens in my area.Thank youCharles Eppinger
  • November 22, 2011

    I am calling today to protest Ameren's proposed rate increase. I think its too high for the current economy in the state. All the cuts to programs are going to leave poor people in a heck of a mess this winter. I am a senior citizen myself and feel for these poor people this winter.
  • November 22, 2011

    I want to opposed an rate hike for Ameren. People cannot afford it and it is ridiculous to give them another increase at this time.
  • November 22, 2011

    Our church does not believe the company needs another rate hike. We have a hard enough time keeping the doors open as it is and another increase would really hurt the church.
  • November 22, 2011

    I do not want to see another rate increase for Ameren. I can barely keep my business open now and if they want another increase I will have to close my doors. It is ridiculous and make too much money now and serv. is poor sometimes.
  • November 22, 2011

    I am against the rate increase for Ameren. The ICC should vote no to this rate increase.
  • November 22, 2011

    I am against the rate increase for Ameren. Say no!
  • November 21, 2011

    I feel Ameren has already over-charged us. I am a retiree and I have to help out my family members who are struggling financially. I watched a documentary about inside training and I feel this is going on over there at Ameren and their request to raise their rates is just ridiculous! The rich are getting richer. The poor anre getting their pensions cut. The gas prices keep going up too. Something must be done!
  • November 21, 2011

    CONSIDERING AMEREN'S INCREASING PROFITS, IT SEEMS SILLY FOR THEM TO BE ASKING FOR A RATE INCREASE. I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
  • November 17, 2011

    AMEREN REQUEST FOR RATE HIKE IS ABSURD , WHERE AS THEY POST PROFITS IN 2009 @ $130 MILLION & $208 MILLION IN 2010. THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF CORPORATIONS SECURING THEY'RE PROFITS FIRST AND PLACING THE COST/BURDEN OF INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS ON THE BACKS OF THE AMERICAN WORKERS YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE !!!
    DAVID RAMSAY
  • November 17, 2011

    Ameren Illinois has had record-setting profits during the past years. Any other business would lessen the profits and dividends to shareholders to upgrade it's infrastructure. I can not believe our elected officials, who are elected to represent the voters views, would allow Ameren to do such a thing....Oh, wait a minute....we are in Illinois.
    Karen Fuhrhop
  • November 17, 2011

    Please do not give Ameren any more rate hikes. I believe we pay too much now and their profits are way too high
    Laurel Sullivan
  • November 17, 2011

    I do not feel that Ameren should be approved for a rate increase at this time. It is not the consumers fault that the utility company has not upgraded their infrastructure on an ongoing basis, or their aging vehicle fleet. They have, like other companies, not kept up with the daily necessities of business in order to increase their profits, so that the company looks good to stock holders and the upper executive can receive a hefty bonus each year. They should be using their huge profits to support their company and not put hardships on the consumers that are having a hard time with the economy and unemployment. I think it is time that everyone start looking out for the consumers and vote NO for the increase.
    Christine Petras
  • November 17, 2011

    Ameren Illinois posted a profit of $208 million in 2010, up from $130 million in 2009. How does Ameren Illinois have the audacity to ask it's customers for a rate increase?
    Carol Pawlak
  • November 17, 2011

    My husband and I are against any Ameren IL rate increases. I retired and was forced to return to the workforce just to make ends meet. We cannot afford any more rate hikes, especially, in light of the fact that Ameren IL profits increased considerably in 2010. Let them use their own profits to make improvements prior to trying to make them on the backs of their consumers!
    Michael & Christine Bridges
  • November 17, 2011

    A NO vote is in order. These and all companys must find a way to pay for maintance and equipment from the profit they make each year, as does the rest of the companys in all buisness. The bonus plan for a buisness that made $208 Million profit in 2010, and a profit of $10 Million in 2009 should NOT come from a guaranteed increase GIVEN by YOU.
    This is especially true since they can not be removed from a job that has the power to guarantee a profit above what they earn.

    R Sandidge
  • November 17, 2011

    You must try and stop this rate increase. We are seniors on a limited income and do everything possible to save, but the rates keep increasing. We are on the budget plan for electric and pay $111 a month now, the rates increases about every 3 months.

    Please do whatever you can to put a stop to this.

    Thank You for your time.

    mary ann stewart
  • November 17, 2011

    Deny Ameren's request for a rate increase. Ameren's profit should be reinvested to maintain their systems infrastructure.
    Ronald Emory Adams
  • November 17, 2011

    No rate hike in these economic times. Everyone is having financial problems.
    Shame on you for even considering it.

    Roland Unangst
  • November 17, 2011

    I am opposed to this increase.
    Elizabeth A. Siarny
  • November 17, 2011

    Any increase for a company that is already running a profit it unthinkable these days. With a significant number of families living in poverty and an additional number of people unemployed, all companies providing essential service and products to citizens should tighten their own belts and perhaps provide profit for investors by reducing executive salaries!
    John Fiore
  • November 17, 2011

    Delivery costs are consistently higher than the amount of electricity supplied. I live on a fixed income and do not receive additional income to cover the cost of another Ameren increase. Ameren reported a 208 million dollar profit last year--surely they can afford to update their own fleet of trucks. No one subsidizes me or my friends when we need to replace our automobiles, why should the public pay for Ameren's?
    JoAnn Porter
  • November 17, 2011

    I am employed by Tate & Lyle and have been training a person to replace my job in Poland. My job will go to Lodz, Poland in January 2012. I have no idea where I will find a job to pay my bills, when that happens. I've interviewed for five jobs, but have not been offered employment. It scares me to death to think this is happening to me. Ameren increasing their rates is one more thing that is happening to me that I don't feel is justified. Please do not let this increase happen.
    Sara Hart
  • November 17, 2011

    General increase in electric delivery service rates should not be approved. The electric company has maintained healthy profits and those dollars should be put back to offset delivery service to their customers.
    b. factor
  • November 17, 2011

    I am against this increase, especially during this economy.
    Louis Betti
  • November 17, 2011

    As retired Seniors we do not get any income increases to pay for constant consumer price increases of every kind. Do not add to this catch 22 financial burden on the middle class in this rotten economy. Don't raise electric delivery service rates! rt39m
    Ken& Virginia Arno
  • November 17, 2011

    NO UTILITY INCREASES!
    James P. Joy
  • November 17, 2011

    If Commonwealth Edison wasn't raising rates on delivery service, they would be raising electric rates on electricity supplies. The only way to stop the electricity juggernaut from gouging its customers with rate increases is to get alternative electricity delivery service
    choices, as well as the power itself.

    David Cotovsky
  • November 17, 2011

    Ameren should not be given another rate increase. Has anyone been given the details of their last increase - how the money was used? Has there been complete disclosure as to the salaries of the Ameren executives and their compensation packages? I believe that if that information was provided, it would be clear that the people asked to pay more to Ameren would be much farther down the fiscal ladder than those demanding more money. ICC should be protecting the people in Illinois, not taking the line of least resistance by granting them an increase. The fact that they lowered the amount of their request is indicative that they are playing games. One of the stated reasons for another increase is the need to update their "aging" fleet. Welcome to the world of the average Ameren consumer. Suggestion: hire some of the mechanics who are out-of-work to maintain their aging fleet.
    Barbara O'Donohue
  • November 17, 2011

    We are senior citizens and are barely hanging on now. We are just surviving and this kind of rate hike would make a huge difference to our lives. We've absorbed all we can and there just aren't the funds. Just wanted to say "no" to Ameren's proposed rate hike.
  • November 17, 2011

    I don't feel that the ICC should allow a raise to the company. Due to them making over 200 million profit in 2010. If they need anything use your profits to pay for it don't put it on the back of customers that give them the profits.
  • November 17, 2011

    I'M VERY UNHAPPY WITH THE PROPOSED RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN. I THINK IT IS UNNECESSARY. I THINK MANY PEOPLE WILL BE UNABLE TO AFFORD IT. I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
  • November 17, 2011

    cust is against the rate increase for Ameren electric docket # 11-0279.
  • November 17, 2011

    No rate hike for Ameren Il. cannot afford it.
  • November 17, 2011

    I don't think Ameren should raise our bills more. They want to get money to extend their massive ideas.
  • November 17, 2011

    I am against the rate increase for Ameren.
  • November 16, 2011

    I'm paying far too much for my electric service at the present time. I have a residence with a few acres in Calhoun County. AARP provided me with the information pertaining to the increase Ameren is requesting and I am calling to enter my opposition to any increases in the rate. My winter bills can exceed $500 per month because I need the electricity for my furnace. I feel Ameren's rates should remain the same, or even better, be reduced. My party affiliation is Democrat.
  • November 16, 2011

    We are seniors and we are very opposed to rate hikes. We are on fixed incomes.
  • November 16, 2011

    I says lets fight rate hikes. people can no longer afford to pay their bills.
  • November 16, 2011

    I think the ICC needs to do their job and stop giving raises to Ameren. that is all they do give raise after raise. we don't get raises and we are in a recession doesn't anyone know this. I say NO to any rate increase
  • November 16, 2011

    Ameren does not need this increase, vote no!
  • November 16, 2011

    Ameren does not need this increase, vote no!
  • November 15, 2011

    people who live in Ameren service area shouldn't have to endure another rate increase, say no.
  • November 15, 2011

    I have all electric service and am a senior citizen who cannot afford this increase, say no to the rate increase for Ameren.
  • November 15, 2011

    I am against the rate increase for Ameren, senior citizens can no longer afford to have utility services because of the high costs, say no to the rate increase.
  • November 15, 2011

    I'M RETIRED, SEVENTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD. I'M ON A FIXED INCOME. WE ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING TO PAY THE UTILITY BILLS. I AM OPPOSEDD TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
  • November 15, 2011

    I am against the rate increase.
  • November 15, 2011

    Please do not reasie rates for Ameren customers. they made good profits last year and poor people and seniors cannot afford any more raises. It is immoral to think of raising their rates again.
  • November 15, 2011

    I am against the rate increase.
  • November 14, 2011

    Most people I know do not get, & have not gotten, raises commensurate with such increases. Many people I know have lost their jobs to outsourcing & other corporate creative tricks. Many are depleting their reserves, while struggling to find other employment. Some support not only themselves, but aged parents as well as children, grandchildren. Quite a few have serious health issues.

    Many people, of all backgrounds & experiences, simply cannot afford such rate increases. The rationale for hikes is often disingenuously presented by clever spin doctors & hidden in legalese. Most consumers & utiility users simply do NOT have the deep pockets, if any pockets any more, to put up with egregious hikes.

    This request is not only a slap in the face to utility consumers, but a stab in the back. Where is responsbility? Where is forethought? Oh. Those are only required of the consumer.

    Kathleen Stevens
  • November 14, 2011

    In view of the high profit Ameren Illinois posted and the raise in rates they have
    already received, I don't think another raise is in order. It is tough enough to make
    it on a fixed income without continued raises on necesssities

    mary tosi
  • November 14, 2011

    PLEASE NO MORE RATE HIKES, when Ameren is obviously making enough profit on their own right now. Wish we could have such a percentage of profit on our own investments!
    Marcia Thomas
  • November 14, 2011

    Ameren wants to raise rates again ... Just where do they think the money is comming from? As a senior citizen I have not had an increase in my "wages" in three years now and Every thing just keeps getting more expensive.. I guess we the people could just keep living on credit cards and then take bankruptcy when they get too hugh to handle . I am very much against any rate hike or any other hike ameren want to impose on the people
    Mitzi Parker
  • November 14, 2011

    My monthly income is $1,500, Ameren posted a profit of 208 million in 2010. DENY THIS RATE INCREASE.............................
    phill guarin
  • November 14, 2011

    Please DO NOT let Ameren get another rate hike!! I am a senior citizen and can't afford more on my utilities. My x-husband use to work for Ameren and I am very aware of Ameren's tactics. They came into Illinois and have proceeded to take over a lot of the states utilities. They are a very greedy company and I have nothing nice to say about them. With the profit of 208 million they made last year, they can take that profit and pay for the upgrades they want. They are sending out scare tactics about old equipment. Every year they ask for a huge increase when they know that they will get a smaller increase by asking for one that is way out of line. They don't need ANY INCREASE!!
    Thank you

    Judy Gustafson
  • November 14, 2011

    I am very concerned about another increase in cost from Ameren. I am paying for my
    daughters gas and electric bills in Peru, Illinois since she has been out of work for 2
    years. I will be paying two electric bills and two gas bills when the new increase starts in January. If this bill is passed I will be pay one additional amount for gas and electricy. I am sure I am not the only one in this position and I sure can't afford to pay more I am retired. When companies reap millions of dollars in profit and expect to pocket that money and have their customers pay for improvements, then we have greed to the enth degree. Please be mineful of the many people in Illinois that are in a worse situation than me. The backs of the middle class and poor are bending so low they will be on all fours before too long. Do what is right for all people. Ameren should be reinvesting some of their profits back into the company and not in their pockets.

    Doris Heilman
  • November 14, 2011

    There must be efficiencies of scale-infrastructure and profit. I am opposed to any continuing efforts at raising rates in the southern half of the state. it will create hardships for those of lesser means. Start using some corporate profits of of 208 million from 2010 and plan to continue to use profits. shareholders will have to do with a little less to improve future benefits.
    Mary Schuman
  • November 14, 2011

    I object to this increase. Enough is enough, and this latest increase is too much.
    Keith W. Miller
  • November 14, 2011

    This has to be one of the worse times for a price increase, people unemployed, first time in two years a SS increase which will only cover the increase in health care. It is to the point we no longer have a middle class and this increase is just another blow to eliminate the middle class. We can not afford an increase. My bill has gone up every year. I am not complaining about the service but wonder how long I can sustain the price of electricity.
    Virginia Murphyu
  • November 14, 2011

    They ask for an inch, we give it to them. Now they want a yard. Let them invest some of the millions they made in profits. We ,the consumers, are tired of cutting back on basic needs to give utility companies more and more profits to fill their greedy souls. It's time for people to say "enough is enough" grow a back bone and say NO to this and any other increase!
    Judy gilbert
  • November 14, 2011

    How many increases can a utility company receive? Why are they not using their investments to fund these projects they continually seem to need? We cannot afford another increase, at least not until the economy improves. They should realize that!
    Patricia Noltkamper
  • November 14, 2011

    As a 56 year old single woman, working only as a seasonal worker at $12/hour, it's all I can do to make ends meet. I also do not have health insurance. I feel that why should poverty level people and also families suffer at the hands of corporate greed. That's really all this amounts to. What do they do with their $209 million profit?
    Tina Lathrop
  • November 14, 2011

    Please deny the proposed rate increase for electricity. The residents of Illinois cannot handle another increase. We will pay more for health insurance, taxed and now utilities!? Enough is enough. Please deny the increase.
    Cindy Coombes
  • November 14, 2011

    Stop this nonsense! There is never a good time to raise rates, but NOW is NOT a good time for this very profitable company who seems to have only their own interest in mind. Raising rates is only one option. How about cutting the fat in their budgets and live within their own means like most of us have to do when we don't get the pay raise we expect, but don't get because our company is cutting cost to live within their means!

    This economy has a lot of people hurting and doing without necessities. This increase on the backs of middle and lower class families, and fixed income people, is going to put further pressure on them when they least can afford it. Let's get this economy back on track before we even consider something like this.

    Thanks for the opportunity to be heard. Proud to be an American! Not sure I can say that about being an Illinois citizen if this passes!

    Sincerely,

    Steve

    Steve Leuschke
  • November 14, 2011

    How could you possibly raise the rates when your profit in 2010 was $208 million. Break the backs of the homeowners in this rotten economy further so Ameren's higher ups can get more bonuses. Shame on you. "To upgrade the intrastructure" I find is an excuse. Did you bother to repair the structure a few years ago when the economy and people were better off? I seriously doubt it.
    Pam
  • November 14, 2011

    Do not approvee the Ameren rate hike. Their profits nearly doubled from 2009-2010, while the income of many of us dropped. We can't afford their greed.
    Bethany Spielman
  • November 14, 2011

    Less than a year after receiving a $44 million increase in its electric and natural gas raes, Ameren Illinois has asked for an additional $90 million rate increase. If it's approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission, typical residential customers would pay up to $3.78 a month more for electicity delivery and $4.53 a month extra for the piping of natural gas. I am against the proposal to raise rates. The roughly $50.00 more per year that utility customers would pay would be a hardship for me. I'm doing everything I can think of to be energy efficient, but these rate increases would be a hardship for me. I ask you to deny this rate increase. Ameren should pay for the rate increase itself. Ameren Illinois posted a profit of $208 million in 2010, up from $130 million in 2009.

    John Shields
    908 E Seminary St
    Danville IL 61832

    John A Shields
  • November 14, 2011

    Mrs. Huge member of the AARP. She is opposed to Ameren's request for a rate increase. She states, has been noticing that evey year Ameren has been requesting a rate increase. She says, in 2009 Ameren made a $130 Mil profit and in 2010 the profit proprted was $208 mil. She states, the profits are excessive and greedy. Its undemocatratic. She wants her comments maked for public viewing.
  • November 14, 2011

    I THINK AMEREN SHOULD USE THE PROFITS ALREADY MADE TO UPGRADE AND DO THE SMART GRID, RATHER THAN ASK THE CUSTOMERS TO PAY AGAIN. I'M A SENIOR. WE CAN'T AFFORD ANYMORE RATE INCREASES. I AM OPPOSED TO ANOTHER RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
  • November 14, 2011

    I am protesting any rate increase for Ameren. they are requesting $563 million and already recd. 206 million increase and it is a hardship on senior citizens. they need to stop bonuses to CEO's and decrease their large salaries.
  • November 14, 2011

    I am a senior citizen living on a small fixed income and cannot afford this rate increase.
  • November 14, 2011

    I WOULD BE OPPOSED THE RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN EVEN IF THE ECONOMY WEREN'T IN IT'S PRESENT BAD CONDITION. GIVEN THE BAD ECONOMY, I THINK THE PROPOSED INCREASE FOR AMEREN IS ESPECIALLY UNREASONABLE. I OPPOSE A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
  • November 14, 2011

    I don't think the company should have a raise. They have had one every year since they took over. They make big profits. I live on ss and I don't have profits why should I pay so they can have profits? It's hard for me to pay my bill. sometimes its almost 400.00. think about the people this time and not the company. people are thinking the icc gets money or they woudl not allow increases all the time. they got a raise in il last year and mo said no so that means we paid for the mo raise too. I told the meter reader no one does anything to my meter that was three years ago.
  • November 14, 2011

    I am opposed to the rate increase.
  • November 14, 2011

    I want to say I don't believe the Company should get any rate increase. they make a good profit and from 2009-2010 the had an increased profit of $88million.
  • November 14, 2011

    I want the rate increase for Ameren denied.
  • November 14, 2011

    I have friends in Ameren territory who are senior citizens, like me. They cannot afford an increase in their rates. I read about this in AARP today, vote no for this increase.
  • November 14, 2011

    I read about the rate hike in AARP, I am against Ameren request for the increase, I'm a senior living on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay more for my electric service.
  • November 14, 2011

    I read the AARP magazine, and I am against the rate hike proposed by Ameren, vote no.
  • November 10, 2011

    I am on SS income and company does not need a raise in rates. took them 6 weeks to fix a pole in his area and and came on a Sat. night to fix it causing overtime. they made $208 million last year and do not need a raise.
  • November 10, 2011

    I am against the rate increase.
  • November 7, 2011

    I am against the rate increase
  • October 31, 2011

    another hike to support the profits of a major company is unjustified.
    TBenolken
  • October 31, 2011

    When will thse bi annual rate increaes stop? When will the ICC actually do its job and protect the citizens of Illinois from Monopolies like Ameren? What size with this make thier profits, 20%? I hope the members of the ICC sleep well at night considering what they are doing to the citizens of Illinois. They will be judged on judgment that that I do guarantee!
    Sherman Dowdy
  • October 25, 2011

    PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THE RATE HIKE REQUESTED. WE THE CITIZENS ARE HURTING. THEY WANT TO PUT IN A SMART GRID, LET THEM USE THE PROFITS THEY HAVE ALREADY. wE SHOULD NOT PAY FOR THE SMART GRID!
    AURORA & RAUL INSURRIAGA
  • October 25, 2011

    Ameren has raised rates for years now and we don't get any better service for it. Stop the electric rate increase. Give us some relief from this constant robbing of our pocket books in hard times.
    Mr. and Mrs. John Guccione
  • October 24, 2011

    I would like the Commission to vote against the upcoming rate case in January. I donâ??t think Ameren is a company that needs more profit right now.
  • October 20, 2011

    Under SB1652, Illinois consumers would be forced to pay for the utility
    companies to experiment with unproven technology most commonly
    referred to as the “smart” grid. To me, “smart” is just another word for
    “expensive.” Aren't are bills high enough!

    Even John Rowe, CEO of ComEd’s parent company, Exelon, agrees that
    the technology’s costs outweigh its benefits. Earlier this year Rowe
    proclaimed, “… it costs too much, and we're not sure what good it will do.
    We have looked at most of the elements of smart grid for 20 years and
    we have never been able to come up with estimates that make it pay.”
    Sholdn't we listen to Mr. Rowe??????

    Nonetheless, ComEd, Ameren and their army of lobbyists are now targeting
    legislators one-by-one to persuade the General Assembly to override the
    Governor’s veto of SB1652.

    Rosalie Stiles
  • October 12, 2011

    The public is strongly opposed to the rate increase proposed by Ameren for gas and electric service. We are tired of them paying lobbyists and even members of this commission so that every time they want a rate increase, it is granted as a matter of procedure. When they wanted to triple their rates a few years back, Standard and Poors conveniently downgraded their bonds to junk bond status in order to scare the legislature. We are tired of the dirty dealing even unto the point of revolution.

    What has Ameren done with their steller profits? They have bought out all of the other utilities in the state. If they have billions laying around for that, they do not need any more. They pay their CEO and top administrators deified salaries. If they need another 11 million, let the CEO take a salary cut.

    Enough is enough. You have bled the people of this state until they have no more left to give. Also, while people are so broke, you people decide to have hearing only in Springfield to keep people from showing up given the high price of gas. I am a history teacher and I can tell you that you are pushing the population to the breaking point. Read your history about what happens to a country when wealth rules and greed impoverishes the population. When you have driven this country to a horrible civil war, don't sit around a cry and ask what happened.

    We the working class people of Illinois DEMAND that all utility rate increases be denied. Ameren needs to spend what they have wiser like the people are being asked to do. If they need money, let them sell some of the companies that they have bought up. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND WE ARE NOT PLAYING ANY MORE.

    Shane Meeker
  • October 5, 2011

    Maybe it's time to cut high CEO salaries or % of profits so that some people won't have to decide whether or not to pay their utility bills or medications/food.

    The elderly have seen no increase in their Social Security in a couple of years yet everything else has sky-rocketed makin it impossible for some to come up with the necessary money to pay their bills. The news this summer of people dying from heat when they are sittin next to an air conditioner that they are afraid to turn on because of their bills. They try to save money somewhere only to pay with their lifes.

    We need to start thinking of the poor and elderly who has to make these life decisions. We used to take care of these people by the family helping out, but now even the family's cannot help.

    Peggy Dryden
  • September 21, 2011

    I am absolutely appalled that Dynergy is requesting a heightened rate just for doing the consumer the "favor" of supplying gas, an essential utility. Their request cuts even further the ability of the consumer to cut his or her costs by conserving on this non-renewable natural resource. EVERYONE who lives in Illinois requires heat to survive the winter. The alternatives are electricity and gas; wood, coal and oil are environmentally unsound for residential heating, and natural gas is by far the most practical and safe method of heating individual residences, so the gas companies essentially are in a monopoly position. Very few people can afford the set-up costs for complete solar heating, or have the engineering ability to keep an active solar heating system running!

    Illinois Consumers absolutely relies on the ICC to protect our interests. The Commerce Commission MUST refuse to allow Dynergy to increase this inflexible charge!

    Judith Ditkowsky
  • September 15, 2011

    Ameren says it needs the money (rate increase) to pay for
    new cables, switches, and utility poles, which they
    say will reduce power outages. Every time they want a rate increase, they dangle boiling oil over my head; They constantly tell me that there will be power outages if they don't get their money.

    3 or 4 years ago, a 10 year rate freeze ended, and Ameren was chomping at the bit to raise rates. How did Ameren get by for 10 years without going under? Whey does Ameren need a rate increase every 8-9 months now?

    If I need things for my home, I don't run to the boss
    demanding a pay raise. What I do, is learn to manage my money and SAVE
    it until I have enough to take care of my business. That's what Ameren should learn to do.
    Thumbs up to Gov. Quinn, Lisa Madigan, and Kyle McCarter for supporting the public.
    Thumbs down to Mike Jacobs, who has a personal interest in seeing the bill pass.

    Mike Montgomery
  • September 12, 2011

    I strongly oppose any electric or gas rate increase for Ameren Illinois. Like so many others in Southern Illinois, my husband and I are retired and live on a fixed income, Social Security. While we haven't had a SS increase in two years, the cost of insurance, prescriptions, gas, food and utilities have gone up. Yet Ameren Illinois continues to show a profit each year and they have the nerve to expect customers to pay more. It's outrageous! Please refuse any gas or electric increase. I don't want to have to decide this winter if I should turn on the heat or buy food or much needed prescriptions.
    Donna Wagenknecht
  • September 7, 2011

    Please vote no to rate hikes.
    Patrick H. Lannan
  • September 7, 2011

    Last winter my wife and I had to do without enough money for food and medication due to the high cost to heat our home. We had an average of $450 a month to heat a small one bedroom house. There is no reason for this to be allowed in our state. I have family up north that have homes that are twice that size and pay 1/3 what I had to pay. Their answer to my problem was to insulate my home better. I have done what I can. This is an obsolute outrage and needs to be stopped. They made the commit they are a business and have the wright to make a profit. Well its time Ameren learn that there is a difference between profit and theft. For many years we have been at the mercy of or so called Illinois Commerce Commission, only to find the only concerns you seem to have is in putting more money in the pockets of Large companies like Ameren. It is time for our Legislators to step up and wright this wrong.
    Michael O'Brien
  • September 7, 2011

    AMEREN CORP. HAS FORECASTED A HEFTY EARNINGS ESTIMATE OF BETWEEN
    $531 MILLION & $627 MILLION DOLLARS FOR 2011.
    THEY DO NOT NEED ANOTHER RATE INCREASE !
    SERVE THE CONSUMERS YOU ARE TO PROTECT BY VOTING NO.
    THANK YOU,
    JOHN LANTZY

    JOHN J LANTZY
  • September 7, 2011

    ever since electricity was deregulated Ameren has raised rates alot.
    when they dont get rate increases in Missouri they raise rates in
    Illinois people cant afford for them to keep raising rates for their profits
    so please send a clear message to them enough is enough.
    SAY NO TO ANY RATE INCREASES PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    william mcgowan
  • September 7, 2011

    Ameren is asking for another rate increase. I was reading in the paper about their latest request 0f $90 million instead of the original $111 million they asked for. According to CUB this threatens to hike rates for customers by up to $100 a year. also the paper wrote that since 2008 Ameren has received more than $200 million in rate hikes. Even Madigan said “It’s completely unacceptable for Ameren to ask consumers for yet another unneeded rate hike when consumers are still facing substantial financial hardship,” Social Security hasn't increased in two years. yet prices at the grocey store has increased quiet a bit. Gas prices are still very high. And now Illinois has made changes to the Illinois RX plan which will make it much harder for seniors and low income people by the medicine they need. Amerine needs to tighten their belts like the rest of us.
    Thank you.

    Michael Howard
  • September 7, 2011

    Ameren should not be allowed to have a rate hike. We alredy pay plenty the way it is.
    Judy Seaton
  • September 2, 2011

    I AM OPPOSED TO ANY RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN. THE MANAGEMENT POSITION IS THAT AN ADEQUATE RATE OF RETURN TO MAINTAIN IS 9, 10 OR 11%. WHEREAS TODAY'S TREASURY BOND HAS A RATE OF RETURN OF 2.04%. WHY SHOULD AMEREN, IN THIS RECESSION, BE EARNING SUCH HIGH RETURNS ON THEIR INVESTMENT WHEN THE U S TREASURY IS ONLY SLIGHTLY ABOVE 2%. COMPARE THIS WITH ECONOMICALLY TROUBLED INDIVIDUALS IN AMEREN'S TERRITORY WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY THEIR POWER BILLS.

    WITH THIS REQUEST FOR AN INCREASE THERE SHOULD BE COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY OF ALL SALARY AND BENEFITS THAT ARE PROVIDED TO AMEREN MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING STOCKS AND 401K ACCOUNTS. IT SHOULD ALL BE MADE PUBLIC.

    IF AMEREN REQUESTS RATE BENEFIT INCREASES, IT IS NECESSARY THAT THE INCREASES BE TEMPORARY, IF DONE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT. ONCE IMPROVEMENT IS COMPLETED, THE INCREASE SHOULD BE ENDED.

    THE LAW SHOULD PROHIBIT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS BY AMEREN TO LEGISLATORS. AMEREN ALREADY HAS A MONOPOLY.

    REGARDING THE 'DOLLAR MORE' PROGRAM, AMEREN SHOULD MATCH EVERY DOLLAR, IF THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS, WHO ARE FINANCIALLY UNABLE TO MAKE UTILITY PAYMENTS, THEREBY EXIBITING MORE CARE FOR THE CUSTOMERS THAN PROFIT MARGINS.

  • September 1, 2011

    I cannot afford an increase in my utility bills. I live on a fixed income. This means cutting my medication. Please say no to the increase.
    Dan Horan
  • September 1, 2011

    Approval of Ameren's new $90M rate increase will confirm that the ICC seeks more to protect Ameren's investors than the business and residential consumers of Illinois. The current regulatory structure is a fancy shell game designed to protect a monopoly. It is claimed that Ameren makes no profit, yet Ameren reported a last year profit of $200M and its parent company reported a $657M profit. The company's spokeswoman says Ameren's investors "require a profit." No doubt. But, how much is enough?

    Exercise some backbone this time and stand up for Illinois' over-burdened consumers. Otherwise, your integrity will be suspect,and a ground-swell of revolt will demand the system be over-hauled top to bottom.

    Leon Raymer
  • September 1, 2011

    I am a senior and I haven't had a raise in three years, because I retired june30,2008. You people keep raising Electric rates, and the BIG SHOTS get bigger raises and BONUS'S. Enough is enough, its time to live within your means as we do, you have put a hardship on alot of people. I think the millions in profit is enough.
    Stephen Lee Dennee
  • September 1, 2011

    I am opposed to a rate hike for Ameren. I am on Social Security and haven't had a raise and very likely won't get one next year. How can Ameren keep asking for rate hikes with the economy in such bad shape. Corporate Greed.
    Sally Dennee
  • September 1, 2011

    I am fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed. Please say NO to the Ameren rate hike.
    Pamela Trueblood
  • September 1, 2011

    I am fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed. Please say NO to the Ameren rate hike.
    Kevin Trueblood
  • September 1, 2011

    Ameren's $90 million rate-hike request should be rejected by state regulators, and consumers should instead get a $2 million rate cut. How much money do these greedy fools need?? Ameren saw a 60 percent increase in Illinois profits last year and should be giving customers a rate cut!
    This company made a profit even while being regulated.
    How full does the pockets of the management of this company need to be??
    Those of us on a fixed income will soon need to decide between electricity and medications. Or, if those who cannot afford the gas and electricity fail to fill Ameren's coffers, will that lack of income for Ameren be a reason for raising rates again for those few who will be able afford this extortion??

    Jo A. Williams
  • September 1, 2011

    Seriously. How do you sleep at night? It's evident everywhere I look and on so many levels that a rate increase by Ameren is yet another obviously (hello!) bad idea. How much business has already been driven out of the state by too many rate hikes? Common sense would dictate that yet another rate hike is not going to have them returning, right? So, hmmm, let's look at this. Businesses are gone...who's next? Oh yes, that would be me, the residential consumer. But wait! I have a plan to find alternative power sources so I can finally "flip" off you gluttonous, greedy (*bleeps*). At this rate even the Chicago "machine" will fail. Some day...soon, very soon.
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Fed Up

    Mary K. Cox
  • September 1, 2011

    Ameren does not need anoter rate increase. Companies are leaving Illinois because of costs. Other companies are not making the profits that Ameren does. They need toplow some of those profits back into upgrades and less into the CEO's pockets. These upgrades would benefit Ameren more than the customers anyway.

    Most of the time I see that Ameren employees are sitting in their trucks. I know that ther are times when they have to work in bad weather but they are well paid for that. If they would do a little more work in good weather maybe there wouldn't be so much to do in storms.

    Carl Cox
  • September 1, 2011

    I am just writing to say "NO" to a rate hike at this time. Can we just get a break?
    Teresa Ransom
  • August 31, 2011

    Please do not allow Ameren's greed to continue. After Ameren's 60% increase in their Illinois profits last year there is no way they deserve or can justify the present $90 million rate increase they are presently requesting. In fact, American's customers should be given refunds because of Amerern's excess profit from last year.
    Lloyd Richardson
  • August 31, 2011

    regarding rate increases. Ameren is basing its cost on making say 7 percent net. So the only way for them to make money is to spend more money. For instance if your a power or oil company and you want to make more net profit. You must spend more to justify that hey were (ameren) only making 5% net on our investment and what company do you know (besides any other oil or gas or power company) would be happy with that meager return on investment? When they wanted a rate increase a few years ago they had all there workers on double time overtime as many hours as you want. THey got there rate increase then hey its back to normal hours. Because ameren showed the icc what it cost to do business. But these cost where not accurate. So as long as you buy into the fact that any monopoly company is doing the best they can to keep the price of their goods low and as soon as they start making lets say over 10% return on investment theyll lower their rates. It will never happen because each year their goal is to make more than the year before. So in order to justify that increase in net profit, They just spend more.. This cycle will never end until you reconize it
    ray hughes
  • August 31, 2011

    I oppose the rate hike being proposed. It comes at a time when consumers like me are ill equipped to pay higher rates, while Amerens has adequate financials resources.
    Jim Harris
  • August 31, 2011

    I don't see any comment on this site that supports this rate increase. I thought the idea of deregulating the utilities was to foster competition. That hasn't happened. They just keep wanting to raise the rates to make record profits. I say no. Not in this economy. They are crazy and out of touch with reality, in this dimension, on this planet. NO TO THE RATE HIKES!
    Patty Smith
  • August 31, 2011

    For a company making hundreds of millions in profits, it baffles me that Ameren can still be asking for rate increases. I don't understand their need for asking for more $ from their customers. I don't know what they do with their profits but if they need to upgrade their grid system, they need to use existing profits. The purpose of a utility should be to provide the utility as cheaply and as efficiently as possible but instead they take a corporate viewpoint and only work to increase profits. I'd also like to say, for too long the ICC has been mostly a rubber stamp for utilities. Too often in the past they approved anything asked for. When it was CILCO, CILCO got anything asked for. Ever since, the small utilities such as CILCO and CIPS have beengobbled up bo the larger company, Ameren. It seems to me there is even less regulatory controls displayed by the ICC. I was happy to see that in the last rate increase, the ICC had the courage to reduce Ameren's request considerably. I'm happy to see in the current proposal that CUB and the Attorney General and the Govenor have opposed Ameren's rate increase. I don't know if all this opposition is just good public display or if they will stick to their guns but as a consumer who only pays bills of whatever the ICC approves, I'm hoping they will show some spine this time also and reject the increase completely or lower it to something that is reasonable and actually needed.
  • August 31, 2011

    I am oppsed to any rate hike for Ameren. I am on social security and cannot afford it. when will this stop and is ridiculous.
  • August 31, 2011

    I say no to any rate increase.
  • August 30, 2011

    This is outrageous and not necessary. I am sick to death of Ameren constantly requesting rate hikes. The only reason they continually want rate hikes is so they can continue to have their huge benefits and bonuses for their CEO's. The people of Illinois as well as all Americans are being charged way too much for the things that we must have to live.
    Karen Carter
  • August 30, 2011

    No Rate HIKE FOR AMEREN
    Steve Schermer
  • August 30, 2011

    They are plenty profitable enough to finally put some of their own money into upgrading their equipment without having us foot the bill.
    Jeff Fisher
  • August 30, 2011

    The proposal to increase gas and electric rates by AmerenIL @ 12% or so is so out of line with inflation. I'm retired and haven't had an increase in my pension in the last two years. This increase is way out of line with inflation and the economic conditions of AmerenIL's rate area.
    Donald Bohler
  • August 30, 2011

    I would like to add to the record as being opposed to the rate increase proposed. Ameren is a profitable company and the current economic situation is such that these additional costs will hurt people. It comes to a point where people try to cut back on their electric consumption but these efforts (be it new appliances, setting the thermostat on a different degree setting, etc) are just treading water, because people cut back on their usage to save money, then the rate is increased and people now use less electricity but do not see a savings.
    Joseph Moore
  • August 30, 2011

    Enough...times are hard enough for people and the people that are responsible to stop the greed of ulitity companies need to step up and do the right thing..There is no way Ameren deserves a raise at this time..It is just plain greed and the ability to be stronger than the general pubic..So please be responsible and stop this..
    Thank yu
    Barbara Hendrix

    Barbara Hendrix
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren had a 60% increase in profits and they want a rate increase? Is this an April Fools joke? They should give us customers REFUNDS, not increase our rates!
    Donna Johnson
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren is making profits now, when it is not a good time to increase rates. Unemployment is high, the economy is bad, this will only cause more consumers to have to live without food, medication, necessities or live without heat during the winter. The state of Illinois does not have the funds to help low income families. The price of food, gas, clothes have all increased. It is time our government worked for the people they were hired to help. Don't pass this increase!
    Kathleen Travis
  • August 30, 2011

    No rate hikes......these are high enough.....since when does the average person have to be pay 300.00 a month in the summer....my niece is ready to be shut off....do you think people on fixed incomes can afford this....she gets 600 a month unemployment....Ameren shows no mercy when you owe...pay it all or be shut off...they should not be allowed to shut off when people are making regular payments and their budget billing is a joke.they charge fees...change the billing whenever they want...we pay enough fees on these bills to the point of not even knowing what it is....they don't need anymore!!!!...IHEAP makes a one time payment...they cannot help...its a joke to say ..turn it on and pay later...there is no later ..they shut you off in a heartbeat and then charge even more to turn it on,,,as far as i am concerned they should be regulated more
    Jeanne Taylor
  • August 30, 2011

    I know that I speak for a lot of people when I say there is NO WAY we can afford to pay anymore than we already are, which is TOO much. My family cannot sacrifice another cent of our grocery money, we are just barely getting by as it is now....
    Rebecka Larsen
  • August 30, 2011

    Vote no for the increase.
    Linda Mixson
  • August 30, 2011

    I think it is about time they think about the little guy. It is hard enough to make it with the rising cost of the greety gas people, and the rising cost of food. They think our country is a mess now they keep going and it will be like the great depression!!!!! I STRONGLY agree with Farrel Willams on Aug 25 th, 2001!!!!!!!! There is no need o raise them and in fact they need to lower them for this econemy because of the situation it is in. They do NOT need more profit they made enough last yr.
    Sandy
  • August 30, 2011

    The last thing Ameren Illinois requires is a rate hike. Their executives are already paid more than they earn and the company makes major profits. My pay and social security have been frozen for 2 years will probably be extended again, and the economy is in one of the worst slumps it has experienced in years, maybe decades. Our national debt rating has been lowered, we have a major debt crisis as a nation, and Ameren Illinois has the nerve to ask for a rate hike. Personally, I think Ameren should be directed to give back to the people any profits that exceed a level of reasonableness. Everyone should be able to work for a profit, but gouging the public because you are the only show in town shows a major lack of integrity.
    Michael McAnally
  • August 30, 2011

    Please put a stop to these rate increases. I am a residental and small business customer, and partly due to these utilitiy companies,I am going out of business and selling my property. We can't take anymore.
    Jay Widemann
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois is the darling of Wall Street. She is so darling, I think I am in love with her. Nevertheless, she does not deserve an increase in her allowance. If she should beg you for an increase, just say, "No." If she begs you again, cut her allowance. One less trip to the Mall won't hurt her. After all, we're all in this together and she needs to start acting like an adult.
    LANNY HERLAN
  • August 30, 2011

    I am fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed. Ameren just keeps increasing their rates and I am a widow on a fixed income. If they succeed in hiking the rates again, I will no longer be able to pay other important bills to keep my home going. They are just killing us poor folks! Please...put a stop to this!
    Betty Mays
  • August 30, 2011

    I say NO to Your 11% tax on Illinois!!!! Why should Your bottom line Profit be at the expense of our dignity???. Our Full time working family of 5 makes under 40,000 a year. We do not use govenment financial aids, we pay our bills on time and live within our means . Why are you putting burdens on those of us who are trying to do the right thing and teach our children to work and not recieve handouts ? Quit being GREEDY!!!!
    Sonia Wehrle
  • August 30, 2011

    This is not the time to be raising rates on consumers. The unemployment levels, failure to provide cost of living allowances to fixed income consumers, and the general condition of the economy makes it appalling to think that Ameren feels it is business as usual for them to increase already expensive enough rates. I think Ameren should as a large company should weather the current economy as the rest of the Illinois citizens are doing by living within their existing budgets. Enough is enough. In a robust economy, people are happy to subsidize improvements, etc., but the burden of asking for me at this time is reprehensible. You will survive for at least the next few years. The rest of us are "making do" and Ameren should also. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion.
    Patty Bade
  • August 30, 2011

    Recession I am against any more increase in our electric bill. Ameren needs to find another way to cut their budget to pay for any new things they want to do. We are taxed higher then any other state and we are in a recession, unemployed or underemployed, cost of food and gas is up! We do not need any more increases. Ameren needs to trim their budget get rid of dead weight in their departments; work harder with what they have now like the rest of us in this state.
    Stephen Fodge
  • August 30, 2011

    As a taxpayer and a citizen of Illinois, I am writing to oppose the increase of electric delivery service rates so that Ameren's revenue can be considerably increased. During a time of great economic stress, (e.g. the unemployment rate continuing to rise, a 66% llinois income tax increase, and the COLA being non-existent), I question how a utility company can ask for, and justify, an increase of our electric rates by approximately 11%. My electric bill is now approximately 1/3 of my mortgage payment and to expect to pay more is placing a hardship on my household and every other household in this State. Please do not support this increase. Thank you.
    Carol Womack
  • August 30, 2011

    Unlike many commenting on this issue I am not a fixed income, and am still sick and tired of Ameren's request to raise rates. It is my understanding from the local media that this would generate an additional $110 million in revenue. When was the last time most hard working non-retired people saw an actual increase income. Hell those working in IL just got stuck with 3% increase on income tax, because our politicians don't give a hoot what the word "Budget" means, why should they when they can just make us tighten ours. So now Ameren wants to squeeze use even more, which will only reduce what little extra most have and in turn reduce what is spent elsewhere. This only further hurt the dismal economy. If Ameren gets the increase it will just give one more reason to pack up and get out the state of IL.
    Edgar Brown
  • August 30, 2011

    Please do not allow an increase in rates for Ameren. They have already made much to large of profits off of the consumers that are going thru some of the worst financial times in our history. With the huge profits our rates should be cut!
    Anna F Bernhard
  • August 30, 2011

    After your rate increase last year and PROFITTED BY 20Million, you have NO justification to ask for rate increase.
    It is ABSURD that you get increase when the people on FIXED INCOMES DO NOT GET RAISES> Stop this proposal at once. YOU DON"T DESERVE A RAISE WE DO.

    Priscella A Crews
  • August 30, 2011

    To whom it may concern;

    I am a unemployed, beyond unemployment benefits, grandmother who went back to college to get more education. Yet it has done no good. To continue to raise rates, when our employment status for our state is still so high, let us continue to raise them so the poor, and middle income people get behind in all bills. A better idea is for some people who really don't qualify for federal help, find a way to be approved and those of us who really need the help don't get any. I hate being unemployed, I now have a transportation problem, because I was out of work for so long, I was unable to keep up with repair work needed to be done to my car. Now with worry about paying my bills, finding a job I can walk to, (if in my town no problem, outside would be over 6 1/2 miles) just to get to the next town. No bus service unless you call a day ahead, now health insurance, or can't afford to even go to a doctor. I have had to have the air conditioner on with such high heat, 2nd floor apartmentm, and high blood pressure, I would not be able to sleep, or stay healthy without it. Thank you for your time, and I hope you will consider not allowing Ameren to increase their rates for the poor community.

    Yours truly,
    Dianna Wood

    Dianna Wood
  • August 30, 2011

    why BOTHER with any discussion or hearings? AMEREN gets what AMEREN wants - we, the consumers, are just screwed.

    Wish I could file a salary rate increase with my boss - no chance. No raise in 4 years while the cost of EVERYTHING keeps going up.

    why does AMEREN need to advertise? They are the ONLY electric company available. I see NO need for billboards at Busch Stadium.

    Soon - we will be back to candles and firewood

    max
  • August 30, 2011

    I would like to make a comment on AmerenIP's rate hike plan:

    Your commission has heard over and over the same complaints. I hope this will not be the same!

    1. AmerenIP is indeed a monopoly. ANY monopoly should not be on the New York stock exchange with assets and such monies provided by customers! The customers must accept AmerenIP as electric provider and AmerenIP is guarenteed monies from them. Grids, buying electric from other companies STILL go through AmerenIP with their delivery charges.

    2. They are making monies from stock exchange and have workers that are independent contractors! Thus, AmerenIP does NOT support out states income taxes, social security, nor medicare with ALL employees. Meaning AmerenIP does not match contributions and lets the IC pay their own. So, tree trimmers and the common meter readers do not have benefits and must match the government taxes themselves. And AmerenIP now states they need more? I say not!

    3. The maintinance operations are a joke. They have been cutting out just treetops, cutting three sides of trees and leaving one side and the trunk, cutting a "V" formation, and leaving whole tree trunks. Instead of removing the tree for the future, this is killing the tree itself leaving the responsibility to the land owner. Shameful!

    With the stockholders and CEO making big salaries, most of the electric power houses and dams were paid for by tax dollars (e.g; Roosevelts New Deal and such), exactly how does AmerenIP figure they need more money? Not trying to be pegged as a radical, why on earth doesn't out Commerce Commission or legislature recommend the utility companies to become non for profit? You MUST have electricity to get any occupancy permit to move into a residential dwelling. So electric not being needed is a total misconception!

    AmerenIP has in the past threatened to lay off workers because they are poor. Hooey! They have the money and assets!

    These are just common sense answers to how AmerenIP is cutting too many corners and not giving back to the people/our government. I certainly do not believe ANY monopoly should be getting rich and the people getting poor! The state has already raised EVERY tax known to man the past two years and this is going to devistate more of a bad situation. We can't afford any more! PLEASE!! Be our what you are supposed to be. Be our watchdog! PLEASE don't give AmerenIP too much more we are regretting it already!

    Fred Palmer
  • August 30, 2011

    It is time for the people, that by expert information, have been ripped off by Amerens last rate hike, should receive a rate cut or rebate from Ameren. It seems not to matter to Ameren that most people are financially worse off than ever before! It would be very hard to explain why we would not get a rate cut or rebate and another increase would to me be downright crimminal.
    George L Bernhard
  • August 30, 2011

    PEOPLE IN ILLINOIS ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES, NO JOBS AND FARMERS ARE SUFFERING A DROUGHT THAT WILL CUT THERE YIELD THAT WON'T EVEN MAKE COST OF PRODUCTION. MEAN WHILE AMEREN IL PROFITS CONTINUE TO GROW OVER 60% THIS LAST YEAR.
    AMEREN SAYS THAT EVERY AMEREN FACILITY IS A STAND ALONE BUT OUR PAYMENTS GO TO ST.LOUIS.
    HOW CAN THEY EVEN HAVE THE NERVE TO ASK FOR ANOTHER RATE HIKE?????????\ THE ELDERLY AND POOR CANNOT STAND ANYMORE COST WHEN A COMPANY IS MAKING MEGA PROFITS., AND THEY DO NOT WANT THERE SHARE HOLDERS TO PAY FOR ANYTHING. PLEASE HAVE THE COMMON SENSE TO TELL THEM NOT THIS TIME.
    THANK YOU.

    GERRY STAHLHUT
  • August 30, 2011

    i am strongly opposed to an increase, i work two jobs just to try to pay all of my bills, i can't afford to stretch my income any further
    theresa bates
  • August 30, 2011

    We can not afford another increase in our utilities. Our family of three are on a medical hardship. Our bill for AUGUST is $345.00 dollars granted we live in a mobilehome, which is hard to cool in the summer and isnt any better in the winter. WHY?should Ameren as a corpration have another increase! For share and stock holders! Discrimnation!!!! by home owners, income, and health issues. We can not get help with our bill because we make to much money. The income standards are set by our Government. In fact the very increase we are complaining about was sent to GOV.Quinn Monday 8-29-11. Gov.Quinn claims he is going to veto this bill. We all know this was said to satisfy the consumer. Our GOVERNMENT is not for the working class,seniors, veterans or people with dsabilities. They set the rates and standards that line the share and stock holders pockets. WHO do you think is the stock and share holders! Our very own GOVERNMENT! Let me tell you I have had enough of having to stay home because of the constant price Gouging starting with medical bills,medicine, gas, grocerys and UTILITIES! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! "LET ME TELL YOU" Ameren CEO's, excutives, and Government You as public figures take the cut in your wages, stand at food pantrys because "US" the peope of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA the people of this great country.Who's worked generation after generation to build this very country and voted for the very people that we rely on to be are voice Does Not Care. DISCRIMNATION! DISCRIMNATION!

    tammy hoffman
  • August 30, 2011

    I oppose any rate increases by Ameren IP. our government needs to get a grip on these neccessities utility companies have put upon us. any grid upgrades should be paid by Ameren IP profits and that is what is expected for the cost of doing business. The Illinois Commerce Commission has a responsibility to the Illinois citizens demands not just the demands of the utility companies. rates are high enough as they are now. how much more greed do we need to feed the power companies.
    Gerald Lackey
  • August 30, 2011

    Re: 11-0279 and 11-0282

    In today's horrible economy and with the people of the State of Illinois experiencing the loss of 125,000 jobs adding to the already high number of those who are either on or trying to get Unemployment Compensentation, why would Ameren even CONSIDER a rate hike? Electricity and gas are two products none of us can do without. With the winter months approaching, everyone will be consuming additional energy which will bring up the cost for the consumer and Ameren will profit from this. Greed is runninig rampent among the businesses whose products consumers absolutely can not do without. We are retired and living on a fixed retirement income. The cost of groceries is skyrocketing, gasoliine is heading toward $4.00/gallon and we are already paying high utility bills. Shame on Ameren for attempting to add an additional burden to its Illinois consumers during these trying tiimes. If we have to live within our means, why don't the big corporations? AMEREN ABSULTELY DOES NOT DESERVE OR NEED A RATE INCREASE AT THIS PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIME. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - HOW MANY MORE INCREASES FROM GREEDY CORPORATIONS CAN WE, THE PEOPLE, ENDURE OR PAY FOR? I sincerely hope and pray that this request for a rate hike is denied. I could use a rate hike in my retirement pension as well but that is not a reality. The State of Illinois is broke (both financially and economically) and so are its citizens! NO, NO, NO - NO RATE INCREASE!

    Kimberly Johns
  • August 30, 2011

    I'm on Social Security and am on Ameren's budget billing for which I'm grateful as it let's me budget my monthly expenses. However, I ,as a former business owner, realize that Ameren is responsible to produce a profit for its stockholders, according to the information that I have at this time, Ameren Illinois is no where near bankruptcy for providing service to me or others who depend on the service they provide. I'm aware of the tactics that Ameren and other utlities have used in the past.. ask for an enormous increase in rates and settle for a lesser increase. They tried the same in Missouri and the regulators there turned down their unrealistic request for an increase. I hope and pray that the Illinois ICC will do the same! Bottom line: Ameren with all their various companies are producing a profit for the mother corporation. They are not going broke! I, however, and others in my situation as a senior citizen will if Ameren gets the increase that they request! ANY increase they request!
    FYI: I'm a member of the Vandalia Illinois city council. I'm 72 y/o and have been involved in politics since I supported Eisenhower when I was in high school. I know how paid consultants lobby all units of government for those who pay them. Its legal but I question if it is MORAL! On behalf of me, Illinois senior citizens and ALL citizens of Illinois, please decline any request of Ameren Illinois for ANY increase of electric and gas rates!
    Thanks for the opportunity to comment on this issue.
    Neil F. Clark
    Vandalia, Illinois

    Neil F Clark
  • August 30, 2011

    Where have the administrators of Ameren been for the last few months? An increase of 11% is out of this world! Are they unaware that there is a problem with the economy and their customers have not received a salary increase to match that rate? As a matter of fact, many of them are no longer viably employed and are receiving unemployment benefits if they are lucky. Some of them have exhausted those benefits. Receipients of Social Security have not received an increase in 2 years and will probably face less in the future with the current state of congress. I was trying to explain to my 87 yr old mother yesterday why she could no longer spend as she once did facing an electric bill of $270+ dollars for the heat of last month and the cost of food.

    That rate should not be passed unless the poor person is granted a job that can afford such an increase. The vanishing middle class and the poor residents need services which they can not afford at that rate. Be realistic!

    ANNIE ADAMS
  • August 30, 2011

    I think rates need to stay right were they are at... It seems like every year they want to raise them more....
    Lisa
  • August 30, 2011

    As a newspaper reporter I see numerous press releases from various agencies. In specific, in the 10 years that I have worked in this profession I have seen several rate hike requests from Illinois Power (now Ameren Illinois). I understand the the cost of maintaining the power grid, but living in southern Illinois, I also see the struggle so many families go through each day to pay for food, gasoline and utilities. At the same time I see the huge salaries and benefits being paid to Ameren's top executives. I found a report showing that Thomas Voss, the CEO and president of St. Louis-based Ameren, parent company of AmerenIP, AmerenCIPS and AmerenCILCO. A BusinessWeek analysis of his income showed he made more than $1.8 million in salary, stock awards and other compensation in 2008. There is no excuse to pay someone that kind of salary and incentives. I don't care how intelligent and enthusiastic they are. The president of the United State doesn't earn that much and he has the responsibilty over the entire free world and billions of people.
    Maybe instead of asking its customers to pay more, Ameren can cut the salaries of their top exec's and give their customers a rate decrease. During the extreme heat this summer people have died because they could not afford to turn on their air conditioner. There is absolutely no excuse for this. If you run your a/c much you can expect to see your electric bill top $300 plus per month. I have had people tell me they have had electric bills over $500. This is about as ridiculous as the current price of gasoline. Greed in this country is out of control and it will eventually come crashing down.
    The ICC was taken out of the loop for electric rate increase requests for awhile and when they came back a few years ago it seems they are back to the same old way of rubber stamping any rate hike Ameren asks for.
    Rates cannot keep rising like they are. Ameren is asking for this hike while at the same time the state legislature has passed a measure that would allow even more rate hikes to "improve the electric grid". When does it stop? Do we wait until lower and middle class residents can no longer afford to run their a/c, television, radio, stove, washer and dryer, and the list goes on.
    I urge the ICC to deny Ameren's rate increase request and cap the rate until Ameren can reign in its out of control spending on salaries and incentives.

    Jeff Blair
  • August 30, 2011

    I oppose granting Ameren a rate increase for gas service. I ask you to put a stop to their business strategy of rate increase after rate increase year after year. I have read that Ameren earned 650-million dollars in profits last year, and they’re up over 60-percent in profits in Illinois alone. Yet their public relations campaign continues to beat the drum how they must have more and more revenue. As an Ameren customer in Decatur, I have also heard the rumors that Ameren spun off several of their income generating revenue sources into separate mini-companies so as to shield from their balance sheet how entirely profitable they are. Ameren charges for ‘everything’ and makes big money outside of customer power bills. As a small example, when a residential customer calls their Ameren service center to have an existing gas line relocated, a check for a whopping $750 has to be paid before the line is moved. Back in the days when it was Illinois Power, that former utility did not charge for such relocation. How many more such charges are steady sources of revenue?
    DL Boyles
  • August 30, 2011

    Simply stated, the State cannot afford another rate hike, nor can I or the rest of the citizens of Illinois. YOU must stop the greed! Look around you. The State raised the income tax percent and the number employed in the state, new business starts, etc. are DECLINING. The list goes on, and not just in the state of Illinois. Let's STOP increasing the profits of Utilities, Gasoline companies, and the list continues. Please think about the State and it's citizens and our needs, rather than your re-election funds.
    Ted Lowy
  • August 30, 2011

    i oppose any rate increases by Ameren IP. our government needs to get a grip on these necessities utility companies have put on us. any upgrades should be paid by Ameren IP profits and that is what is expected for the cost of doing business. The Illinois Commerce Commission has a responsibilty to the Illinois citizens demands not just the demands of the utility companies. rates are high enough as they are now. how much more greed do we need to feed the power companies.
    Gerald Lackey
  • August 30, 2011

    Hello
    I am outraged at anymore Increases for Ameren. It is bad enough no COLA for the elderly in the last 2 years. Then I read Ameren is trying to make money for their investors. My Husband is a Coal Miner and every year I read the publication of the CEO's bonuses and raises and it makes me sick when we work hard and can't afford anything. I am sure the same publications are similar for Ameren and every other Utility Company! Enough is enough. We pay 70.00 for internet with is awful! 100.00 or more a month for Direct Tv. 250.00 for Cell Phones! 300.00 to 500.00 for Electric! Then add insurance, home, Gas to work, Education for kids, Clothes, Food and Medical. The food and Medical are getting skimmed and Gas to and From work is killing us. ENOUGH! Everyone wants to get rich and doesn't care you they crumble in the Process. I take care of my elderly parent who is Blind. Its sad to have seem them work all their lives ( 50 years) and have to skimp in life now when they should be able to enjoy it! Do something please! I complained last time also and now even more Broke!

    Cynthia McCluskey
  • August 30, 2011

    NO MORE RATE HIKES. AMEREN HAS SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY.
    Jane F Rutter
  • August 30, 2011

    Just another example of corporate greed. How can this be considered a "public" utility when they are making obscene profits at our expense? Whatever happened to laws and regulations on monopolies? We have no choice, especially in rural areas over who we have delivering our power. I cannot believe public comments are even needed because we are supposed to have representation on rate hikes. Whatever happened to logic and common sense? I thought with public utilties the "profits" were to be plowed back into infrastructure, not lining pockets of stockholders and paying out big bonuses to bigwigs who don't have anything to do with how much power consumers "buy" since this is one thing we have to have. I work at keeping my consumption down as most people who cannot afford these increases has to do. When is all of the greed going to stop and corporations finding a conscience?
    Patricia Holt
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois certainly does NOT deserve and DOES NOT need a rate increase !! Ameren Illinois is already EXTREMELY profitable, and as a public utility enjoys certain monopolistic benefits. Ameren should be more interested in serving the public and a little less interested in exorbitant profits. PLEASE place the public interest above Ameren's greed !! Thank you.
    Wayne Morrison
  • August 30, 2011

    Please vote no to this rate increase. I have been unemployed for over a year and I am struggling to pay my power bills. I do not qualify for any help. I don't know how long the people of Illinois will have to continue to line the pockets of the utility execs but I think it has gone on long enough and it will continue to happen as long as the citizens of Illinois do not have a private commission to regulate the raises that Ameren receives and I do not support CUB because it offers no hope to us to regulate our rates.

    A rate increase at this time is outrageous given the economic conditions of Illinois.

    Barbara McCoy
  • August 30, 2011

    No more rate hikes for Ameren in Illinois! They had one not to long ago. Look at the salary increases in their executives. What have they used the last increases for? To many questions! Illinois residents are unemployed, under employed, out of unemployment benefits, seniors, already doing without medical, dental, vision, and prescriptions. Hold the line for a while.
    Dale & Janis Poindexter
  • August 30, 2011

    What are you going to do let them increase their profits another 100%. They should give us a rate cut. As a older person a fixed income I see alot of people that can't pay their bills now. Is it the power bill or, food and medicine. This is getting serious to a lot of the older people who are serviced by Ameren.
    Dennis Weyer
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren is already a very profitable company and does NOT need a rate increase.
    M J Smerken
  • August 30, 2011

    How much glut can one company impose upon the citizens of this state. The fact that they hide profit details in a rate increase proposal is fraud on the part of Ameren. Illinios citizens deserve better from our legislators and from you the regulators. Please reject or reduce by at least 50% the requested rate increase. As you and we know, just as soon as this one is finished, they will file their next proposal. That is the game they have been playing for years.

    Sincerely
    Ann and Mel Barnum

    Ann and Mel Barnum
  • August 30, 2011

    Greed is the only reason for another rate-hike on electricity services. I for one am getting sick of service/product price hikes that benefit a few and cause an even bigger hole in our (the little guys) budget. We live paycheck to paycheck now! How are we to afford yet another increase in rates?? Groceries, fuel for vehicles, kids' clothes, school fees, not to mention others are already keeping us bled dry. Now we have to "find the money" somewhere for YET ANOTHER greed feed by a big company?? When is it going to stop? And why must the low-income families be the ones made to suffer when we are the least able to afford rate-hikes?
    Cynthia Gibson
  • August 30, 2011

    I don't want to see rate increase, we consumers are being charged for everything. Our wages do not go up with rate changes and it makes it hard to meet the monthly bills. Companies who show huge profits do not need to raise rates on the poor people of this state. Please vote against the rate increase.
    Iris Virden
  • August 30, 2011

    I don't think it is fair for the rates to be raised to help their pocket book. If they were a not-for-profit type company and needed to raise the raise for repairs and what not that would be a different story. They have board members and chairmen that get bonuses. How is that fair?
    Marla
  • August 30, 2011

    Please deny the rate hike. Ameren has obtained exhorberent rate hikes in the past couple of years. With the increased state tax and the economy failing it is hard enough to make ends meet. This is one more way that we will kill the economy and ourselves by raising electric bills. People can not get ahead and 110 million dollars in porofit for ameren is not a good idea for the average Illinois family.
    Howard R Gossmeyer
  • August 30, 2011

    Enough is Enough. We can barely pay the bills as it is. This is bad for this country and will only dig us deeper in a depression. Vote no to 11-0279. No increase
    Jim Cox
  • August 30, 2011

    How is giving Ameren more money going to inspire competition?
    Norman L Yeager Jr
  • August 30, 2011

    No one can afford a rate hike. Have you checked the unemployment rate lately?
    Carlene Welch
  • August 30, 2011

    Against Ameren rate hike. Many people have lost jobs, are on a fixed income and getting by with lower paying jobs. They are barely meeting their responsibilities with everything costing more. For example my job was discontinued in 2008 and since that time I have been working a job that pays more than 50% less. My husbands business has been making substantially less, due to the economical change.

    There was a sight decrease in over a year ago. This would take away the decrease, which was a needed adjustment. I strongly disagree with an increase at this time.

    Hester Owens
  • August 30, 2011

    I strongly oppose any rate increase to electricity. Our home is totally electric. Our electric rate is already too high. My husband has been unemployed for 2 years and although he recently found a job, we are still recovering and having to readjust as the job he has now pays $4 per hour less than his previous job. We are trying to keep our home and simply cannot afford any higher utilities.
    Shrylene Langston
  • August 30, 2011

    NUTS!!
    JB
  • August 30, 2011

    The rate increase is going to hurt many many people. I own a small business and when the economy is this bad, I can not raise my rates. We struggle to get by. This company made huge profits last year, and they want to hurt the residents of southern illinois more by raising our rates?

    This is just another example of corporate greed at the expense of people who do not have it to give.

    Please do not allow this rate increase

    Kevin McFarlane
  • August 30, 2011

    The increase that Ameren is requesting should be denied. Customers already are charged for the billing and accounting fees and for the reading of the gas meters. They are charged for the infrastructure, maintenance and for the service to deliver the gas and/or electric through the distribution system. In the electric portion of the bills they are charged for the billing and accounting fees. They are charged for the meter separately. In the electric portion the customers are charged for the transmission service charge which are the cost associated with the electric transmission services. It seems like this may be a duplicate charge that was also charged under the distribution delivery charge.
    If Ameren needs more money for the above services, how did they show such record profits that they were able to give enormous raises to the executives of the company. Maybe someone should audit Amerens' book to see exactly how that was accomplished. According to the profit information, Ameren should be able to accomplish the same thing again with the current rates that they are charging. Why should the customers be held accountable for Amerens' lack of judgement in the raises that were given. Let them work within the budget that they have, just like every other company.
    There are alternative electric suppliers that customers can choose, however, what is to be gained when the customers would still have to pay for all of Amerens' charges except for the actual price for the electricity.
    Please deny Amerens' request for an increase.
    Thank you.

    Sue Poleet
  • August 30, 2011

    PLEASE SAY NO TO AMEREN ELECTRIC RATE INCREASE. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A RAISE TOO, BUT THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. THEY NEED TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CHOICES LIKE THE REST OF US. THEY CAN DO SOME RESTRUCTURING WITHIN THE COMPANY. THE RESIDENTS OF ILLINOIS NEED A BREAK!
    lisa
  • August 30, 2011

    There is something seriously wrong!!!!

    Our Government is almost broke.
    Our state is almost broke and applying for loans.
    The people in our state are broke and alot are unemployed and homeless.
    The elderly and disabled on Social Security are broke.

    The common every day working class, elderly, and disabled people are not the ones who are wasting electricity. Most can barely survive financially.

    Why all the upgrades now? It is actually Ameren, who is going to benefit financially from this. They will recieve bonuses and pay raises for getting this passed. All of their employees will recieve more hours and bonuses for jobs done early.

    We the poor and common working people can't keep paying for their greed, wastefulness, and their disregard for us. We should not have to pay for their errors and misjudgement. It is those who work on the corporate offices of Ameren who need to go home and shut off the wasted power they don't use, and start to think about those of us who can't afford to run air conditioning in the summer, or heat in the winter, and can't afford to put food on our tables due to their greed.

    They need to sweep their own doorstep before accusing their hard working common working class, disabled, and elderly for wastefulness.

    Donna R Smith
  • August 30, 2011

    I am appalled by Ameren’s request for a 90 million dollar rate increase after a year they made 200 million dollars in profit. Ameren adds further insult by attempting to justify the rate increase by their greed in saying they are a ‘for profit’ company and have a responsibility to their shareholders. As a resident of Illinois I am asking you NOT to rule in favor of Ameren’s rate increase.
    Aaron
  • August 30, 2011

    seems like maybe ameren could do some budget cuts or something instead of constantly asking for rate hikes. most people in our area are hanging on by a thread .most of us are not making much more than minimum wage and between gas prices electricity and food cost does not leave much for anything else.seems like instead of everybody wanting more everyone should be looking for ways to cut back we need to stop this runaway train.
    Brett Ackerman
  • August 30, 2011

    Recession is not over for us.Higher increases in utilities makes it extremely hard to buy things that are needed for just everyday basic needs.Food,shelter,clothing and even transportation is a luxury to alot of the poor.Soaring fuel prices makes it harder to own vehicles.People are living in condemed conditions just to have a sheltered place to live because rent is so high.With all the increases in cost of living ,from grocery rates,rent,fuel and now our electric and gas wants a hike.Seriously it's getting to where you can not afford just shelter;food;power and gas.What is going to happen when people are forced to do with out those utilities because they are unable to pay the monthly bills.LIVE IN THE DARK AND TAKE COLD SHOWERS AND COOK OVER A OPEN FIRE OR GRILL???!!
    Victoria
  • August 30, 2011

    ameren does not deserve an increase this year or the next. they make millions of dollars in clear profit every year. we, thats the poor and seniors, aren't getting by as it is. why should we give up even more essentials so the rich can line their pockets even more.
    gerald simpkins
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois trying to get rich off our hard earn dollars. Like always, when will they stop. I say never until we do something about it. We don't do nothing our money will fill all of those CEO's pockets. They will then return next year when their pockets are empty again.
    Our income paying for their Homes & toys that none of mid class or poor can afford to buy. I say its time for Ameren to stop filling their pockets with our hard earn income that we need to support our family.


    Joseph Hernandez
  • August 30, 2011

    Come on enough is enough. Ameren is given rate hikes all the time. People just can't afford to pay more for utilities. What is not right is that Ameren is a utility company that can monopolize an area, have no competition, but really is a for profit company. How much profit are you going to let them make?
    Douglas Mason
  • August 30, 2011

    i was employed by ameren for at least 14 years in dexter mo. maybe to problem could be solved by elimination of wasteful spending. like overnight paid trips for supervisors at resorts for company meetings, sponsoring cardinals baseball teams and having box seats for employees to use and the list goes on and on this is just a few
    cathy myers-dement
  • August 30, 2011

    Basically it makes me sick i am a young man on sociel security disability this i can not help i live with two young children i raise on my own when will this stop i have stood by while being gaulged for gas for my car and now u need to make a profit while i want to scream what happen to this country u dont need anymore of my money or take anymore food out of my childrens mouth your life is not your own i want u to remember that what u do affects those around u
    donald stroud
  • August 30, 2011

    isnnt the government takeing enough of our money put a stop to this amerin rate hike
    darrel w derosett
  • August 30, 2011

    What about me on a fixed income? I can't get an increase in my income.
    Why do you need so much more?

    Frank Janik
  • August 30, 2011

    I just saw the News3 report on the AMEREN request and this company has turned a large profit. The AMEREN rep spoke of the investors, not customers. They are not at all concerned the average consumer, just making a buck for those who are already rolling in money. So, I beg of you not to allow them to dig further into the pockets of those who are already suffering as a result of the current economy. Say "no" to the hike and infact, due to the large profits, request that they lower our rates and give their customers a break for once. Thank you.
    Jeffrey Glass
  • August 30, 2011

    We are fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed. The case number for Ameren's electric rate-hike proposal is 11-0279. The case number for Ameren's gas rate-hike proposal is 11-0282. They have a monoploly. Please say NO !!!!!!!!!!!!
    FLOYD EGBERT
  • August 30, 2011

    Case #11-0279

    We are against any electric rate increase, and electric delivery service rates.
    The rates are already excessive. Again do not increase these rates!!!!

    Harry & Monica Richards
    1489 Brozio Lane
    Decatur IL 62521

    Harry & Monica Richards
  • August 30, 2011

    How much more can we give? We barely make enough money to put food on our tables and Ameren still wants more. What happens when no one can afford to pay their bills? Where will they get the money from then? Greed is an ugly thing and this company grows greedier every day. Stop the increases!
    Karen Godwin
  • August 30, 2011

    It is unfathomable that Ameren is requesting yet another rate increase. This is tantamount to a public fleecing. In the current economic environment ICC must NOT allow yet another in Ameren's ongoing rate increases. It would be inhumane at best to foist another higher rate on the people of this state. Enough is quite enough!
    Patricia Donze Shae
  • August 30, 2011

    The Inflation rate is 3.6% thanks to ENERGY. Electric & Gas rates are part of ENERGY costs.

    At a time when real incomes are down or non-existent is not the time for more power increases.

    Ameren has had more than $200 million in rate hikes the last three years. Their profits last year were more then $248 million.

    Thank you for being mroe reasonable and realisitic in behalf of we citizens and businesses in the State of Illinois.

    William J. Braun

    William J. Braun
  • August 30, 2011

    Please do not allow more increases on the Ameren electric and gas rates. We do not have any pennies left in our pockets. We would have to stop buying groceries to be able to pay them a higher price for what is very overpriced right now.

    Everything goes up but our wages. Please AMEREN people have some consciousness, do not think just on the CEO's and executives money, this is everybody's problem especially the consumers. :(

    Rosita C. Rueda
  • August 30, 2011

    Please, no more rate increases. They just got a huge increase for a different reason that was very questionable. They seem to be constantly asking for rate increases when they are already making high profits and consumers are struggling.
    Debra Baxter
  • August 30, 2011

    Its unconscionable that such a relentless pursuit and pattern of rate increases is being perpetrated against Illinois individuals and businesses. This during one of the worst economic downturns in decades. If this bloated utility would place more emphasis on streamlining operations, cutting overall operating expenditures, and reviewing potentially excess pension and retirement expenditures, they would earn consideration of a fraction of the proposed rate increase.

    Any rate increase proposal should be accompanied by proof of cost reductions, and a contract that no investor or stock holder would directly benefit from increasing rate costs to non-investors. Otherwise this transfer of monies from one group to another isn't justifiable under a non-socialist system.

    This is not difficult to understand.

    Sidney Hepp
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren

    Ameren (I believe) recieved a rate hike this spring for electricity/gas (just in time for air cond. season). How is it that they are coming back for yet another rate hike within a year? How can they justify this raise? I do not agree with this raise and would ask that it be voted down!

    Harry Kulp
  • August 30, 2011

    I can barely afford my bill as it is...
    Debbie Korando
  • August 30, 2011

    I can barely afford my utility bills now. My family has already "economized' so that we only purchase the bare neccesities and run our utilities as little as possible. I don't know how we'll pay any of our bills if my electric bill goes any higher than it already is.
    Karen Henning
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois should not be allowed to raise rates in 2012 for two reasons:

    1. The Ameren Corporation makes many millions of dollars in profit every year and as a corporation should show restraint during this time of national recession and economic hardship for citizens of Illinois.

    2. Ameren Illinois charges exhorbitant "Customer Charge" fees on each and every bill. This is money that the consumer has to pay whether they use a single kwh or therm or not. The consumer is not notified when this fee is increased, nor or we told the breakdown of how Ameren arrives at the amount of the fee.

    The people of Illinois are tapped out and cannot continue to be an "ATM" for our utilities.
    Do the members of the ICC still get paid through a portion of each bill? If so, that is wrong, wrong, wrong. Their service should be a public service with no salary.

    Betty Deutsch (senior citizen)
    34 Scarlet Drive (980 sq. ft. living slab house)
    Belleville, IL 62220 (In Democrat controlled St. Clair County)

    Betty Deutsch
  • August 30, 2011

    Amerens should use some of their profits to do the upgrades like any other publicly held company. Ameren should not be able to fund upgrades to their plants and transmission system on the backs of their customers the burden should fall to the company and its shareholders .
    Chris Cassidu
  • August 30, 2011

    Stop Ameren. They have enough.
    Diane Holt
  • August 30, 2011

    Stop the rate hike. Big business does not need ALL of my money.
    Richard Holt
  • August 30, 2011

    I don't believe it is necessary for Ameren Cilco to get another rate increase. I do believe they do not have to have a 9% ROI when everyone else is getting by on a lot less.
    Brian Seyller
  • August 30, 2011

    Please vote "no" to the Ameren rate increase. They make enough money now with pretty poor service.

    Thanks for your vote!!

    Richard Endsley
  • August 30, 2011

    Am fed up with rates and utility companies greed. Ameren's electric rate-hike proposal is not needed this company makes way more in porfits then needed to Sustain thier business please, please do not give them yet aother rate increase, I can't afford it on my social security income and with so many unempolyed I don't thing the rest of us can ether, unless you are working for Ameren that is

    steven casper sr
    2228 college st
    mt. vernon, il 62864


    steven casper sr
  • August 30, 2011

    In my thoughts Why raise the Electricity when us Seniors can not afford any more. We are already struggling in the ways of paying for food,Dr. bills, medicines and Utilities to keep our houses cool or warm. Even the gas for our cars. We are trying so hard to keep our heads above water. I guess you do not think of the other people only of the money you can rake in. You are Greedy.
    Rosemary Hood
  • August 30, 2011

    I find Ameren's request for another rate increase extremely inappropriate. It is currently very profitable and does not need more profit in this economic crisis. Unemployment rates are very high, senior citizens are seeing no increase in social security and people that are employed are seeing little if any increase in pay. This is definitely not the right time for yet another rate increase for Ameren! Please, do not allow another rate increase. Thank you for listening.

    Walter Tompkins

    Walter M. Tompkins
  • August 30, 2011

    This actually sickens me to think this company is wanting yet again another rate hike, knowing there are so many families in southern IL that already struggle to pay there bill. If this company cannot fuction and operate with all the millions possibly billions they already rake in from a poverty stricken area then maybe they need to take a look at the unecessary spending they are making and make some spending cuts. As a customer when my bill comes in and its outrageous I have to make cuts elsewear to pay them. Its just ridiculous that rich companies and rich people just keep taking from the poor to make the rich, richer. Between increased gas prices, groceries, and the extra money the state is taking out of paychecks people are having a hard enough time as it is, give us a break ameren we know you already are a wealthy compnay.
    Jordan Flare
  • August 30, 2011

    Their profits continue to be high while the average consumer and the economy struggles. i drive around town all day long and see more and more homes going up for sell.People out of work losing there homes. The consumer can not take anymore rate hikes from companies who make 5,6 700 million in profits every year. I have a good job and I cant even afford to put back money in my 401k because of the rise in gasoline prices which makes food prices go up, i have cut back on vacations there are no other places to cut back. My profit last year well there was none because of rising health care and doctor bills. raise rates in a good economy not a bad one.
    Michael Griffith
  • August 30, 2011

    To the ICC Commissioners:
    The August 23, 2011 edition of the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette contained an article on page B-1 pertaining to a rate increase hearing for Ameren Illinois. Please note I wrote “hearing”, not “hearings”. The article stated there would be only one hearing on the issues because of our state budget quagmire, i.e. no money for more than one. Such an incomplete airing of the issues and sentiments is unacceptable. Of particular concern to me is that the Commission is holding no hearing in the area(s) most affected by the requested rate increases. Neither the State of Illinois nor its ICC Commissioners are doing its work properly if this inadequate schedule is implemented.
    If you need more money to conduct an appropriate number of meetings to allow the people of Illinois to comment on the issues before your commission, simply charge the organization that requested the rate hike in the first place. It seems totally appropriate for that organization to “foot the bill” for something they want, win or lose.
    Incongruities I observed in the Gazette article make me wonder just how serious is the problem Ameren Illinois is intent on solving. Is it that they need added operating capital now or is this an effort to install an elevated rate schedule in case events of the future make rate increases even more difficult to justify? One such event might be the successful interjection of wind farms into the economic structure of power generation and sale, might it not?
    The article summarizes that “Ameren Illinois has said that the rate increases are needed to help it meet higher operating costs, including increased tax payments, borrowing expenses, and depreciation and amortization costs.” As far as increased tax payments, that is something we all face in Illinois, in case Ameren has failed to notice. “Borrowing expenses”? In this economy, with near zero interest rates, who are they dealing with, a loan shark? And as far as depreciation and amortization costs, that is asking us to pay for the same equipment and facilities twice. I for one am not interested in doing that. Just how much must it cost to sit with pencil poised over paper and to “write down” the value of assets?
    I’m sure I am not the only taxpayer in Illinois who is disturbed by the Commission’s failure to represent the interests of our citizens in this matter. At the very worst, we, the people of this state, should be considered at least to the extent you extend to Ameren Illinois.

    L. Edward Walsh
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren continuing to raise rates is getting ridiculous. We are at their mercy to have electricity and is very unfair. Everything is going up except paychecks. Ameren is rich enough and I wish someone in authority would think of the people of the state instead of the money Ameren puts in pockets of politicians campaigning.
    Pamela Burget
  • August 30, 2011

    NO WAY!
    Deb Grimm
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren is ALWAYS requesting a rate increase, even immediately after receiving permission for an increase. Now they are requesting another 24% increase. 24%! Are you kidding me? I live on a fixed income. I have not received a cost of living increase in the last two years because Social Security says there is NO inflation. So, how does Ameren justify a 24% increase? Maybe it's due to inefficiency. Or maybe thier union. Or a number of other problems that they have created for themselves. Whatever it is, it is THEIR problem not their customer's. At a time when most people are struggling to get by, it is inconceivable that a company that is supposed to serve the public is so calloused as to even ask for such an axtravagant increase.
    Charles R. Coget
  • August 30, 2011

    I do not believe that the utility company should be allowed to raise the rates.
    Cecil Morrison
  • August 30, 2011

    No ameren increase. We are a 2 income family and already struggling with the extremely high utility bills. We cannot afford for this to continue to rise. We make every effort to turn lights off to keep our costs down. Working families are in difficult times and for a company that made $200 million, I don't see it being necessary to tap out the struggling working class. We have other obligations in addition to utility bills to keep our families functioning. It all adds up.
    Amanda McGarr
  • August 30, 2011

    Another rate hike will be devastating to many families. i am currently on budget billing so that i can predict what my bill will be. This month's bill was $221. Next month's bill will adjust to $278. There are no adjustments that i can make to lower this amount. I have a technology dependant child that requires a concentrator, compressor, heated humidity, a pulse ox, feeding pump, nebulizer, and CPT vest. The heat produced by her machinery makes it difficult to maintain a temperature below 85 degrees in her room. She is temperature sensitive and a hot room will raise her body temperature significantly. To maintain a temperature a little above 80 degrees, i have to run the air conditioning and a fan constantly. This year we started the a/c in mid- march. During July, the a/c shut off perhaps once or twice a day. How many families will survive the next heatwave after a rate increase, especially if the state is still in dire financial straits and cannot provide LIHEAP? I have been lucky enough to not seek their help, but with the uncertainty of how much my bill will increase after a rate hike, i don't know if that will remain the case.
    Pearl Baker
  • August 30, 2011

    My previous comments were censored so they must hit pretty hard to the truth. Ameren Illinois and Ameren Missouri are subsidiaries of Ameren who are based in Missouri. Ameren Illinois rates are significantly higher than in its sister Ameren Missouri. This is due to the ICC continually giving rate increases thus allowing Ameren Illinois to subsidize the lower power rates of Ameren Missouri while boosting profits for Ameren. It's there to see, and we in Illinois still wonder why businesses and residents continue to flee the state in droves? And as more people and business leave then the taxes go higher to support a failing state; its time the ICC serve the people of Illinois, not the corporations of Missouri. Stop the Rate Increases Now!
    R.E. Watsek Jr
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren has done nothing but raise their rates and further hurt the community since their takeover of the Illinois utility, they seem to be totally focused on greed, and have absolutely no compunctions about how badly they make the community suffer. It is corporations like this that make us want to go to ANY other state or country that has at least a small modicum of compassion for the people that they represent. If Ameren is allowed to continue their rise in economic greed, please be assured that we will be doing all we can to change our residence to one that is more amenable to the needs of the people residing in their community.
    daniel rice
  • August 30, 2011

    I oppose this increase. The people are struggling paying these outrageous billings now, all this is going to do is create a larger hardship on an already struggling economy. We all know rate increases are necessary but with the economy what it is, so many people out of work, this is not the time for Ameren or any other utility for that matter to request any type of.......especially this outrageous amount. Ameren needs to learn how to better cut their spending.
    C. Johnson
  • August 30, 2011

    You know when you keep expecting the working people to keep paying and taking care of the people who don't work, the system will break. Read about the founding fathers. You guys need a history lesson.
    Dena Heuer
  • August 30, 2011

    Stop the increase. Enough is enough.
    Whitney D. Hardy
  • August 30, 2011

    The raising of rates during a recessionary period will only continue to hinder small retail business and investment in the state by going after more money from the consumer / homeowner. I disagree with this tariff being enacted by legislators especially when the increase in inflation is so much higher than the increase in worker compensation.
    Brad Sherman
  • August 30, 2011

    As a recently unemployed professional, continued rate hikes for Ameren are unnecessary. They have been given millions of dollars worth of rate hikes in the last few years. However, they aren't hiring workers to help offset the increase in unemployment or other programs and service thru out the State. Why should they be given additional monies when they're already making a profit? This is unfair to those who are on a fixed income, unemployed, or under employed and already having trouble paying their bills. The state has cut back and really close to eliminating funding that would normally help this population. Now Ameren wants to swoop in and ROB them of their last few dollars, so that they can make more money. RIDICULOUS, it’s time to say NO! Do more with less, like everyone else!!!!
    La'Shay Carter
  • August 30, 2011

    PLEASE TELL THEM NO TO A RATE HIKE. THE RETIRED PEOPLE HAVE NOT HAD A INSREASE IN MONEY FOR THREE YEARS. EVERY THING ELSE HAS GONE UP. HELP!
    Larry Cuttill
  • August 30, 2011

    I'm retired, on a fixed income and an increase would mean a hardship on me.
    Michael Stever
  • August 30, 2011

    I oppose the unnecessary rate increases on electricity! People are struggling already because of all the corporate greed.
    Sharon Harris
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren does not need a rate hike with the revenues that they currently collect from their customers. The increases that they have implemented in the past are obviously enough for them to continue making sufficient profits from the sale of electricity/gas in the state of Illinois.
    Robert Davidsmeyer
  • August 30, 2011

    STOP AMEREN FROM RAISING DELIVERY RATES TO COUNTER ANY SAVINGS FROM DEREGULATION OF POWER GENERATION STRICTLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF STOCK HOLDERS
    FRANCIS RICE
  • August 30, 2011

    Please reject Ameren Cilco request for yet another rate increase. I am retired and can nolonger afford to pay these inflated rates. Enough is enough. No to the rate tequest.
    Cheryl Pfanz
  • August 30, 2011

    NO MORE rate increase for Ameren Cilco. Rates are already too high.
    Eleanor Pfanz
  • August 30, 2011

    Please do not allow Ameren to raise raites again. This is corporate greed. I and disabled and retired and I can afford any more.
    Dennis Pfanz
  • August 30, 2011

    If Ameren would manage their money better, they'd need less of mine.
    If I can't demand a raise every time I need something, then why should they?
    I have to make due with what I've got.
    It's time that Ameren learns to do the same thing.

    I ask that Ameren be denied their increase.

    Mike Montgomery
  • August 30, 2011

    Since I cannot come to the August 30th meeting to discuss this propsed increase for the delivery of electicity in Illinois, I want to write and say that I am against any increase. It is hard enough in this economy to pay our bill. Many people would find any increase difficult. These power companies are making higher profits while their customers struggle.
    Carol Gardner
  • August 30, 2011

    This is ridiculous! After all the profits Ameren made last year. I'm opposed to the rate hike because the working people don't get many raises and many are struggling to pay the enormous bills. My husband and I both work and still live paycheck to paycheck! Come on cilco give us break!
    Melissa Edwards
  • August 30, 2011

    At this time my position is against any rate increase for Ameren Illinois. How So?
    My position Is Ameren tree trimming is equal to pre-2006 ice storm, as of this date 2011. It is not the workers, but the way ameren management does tree trimming.
    There has been a joint pole cable guy wire broken for months and maybe several years.
    Many times tree limbs are growing and consumers are holding the bag on joint poles.
    I am sure the management will probably vehemently challenge my point of view.

    thomas p. strawn
  • August 30, 2011

    The citizens of Illinois are burdened by ever increasing rates for electricity and natural gas. This cannot continue. It is imperative that all increases requested by Ameren by denied until the employment rate is below 5%, and the economy improves.
    Thomas Downing
  • August 30, 2011

    Rate increrases at a time like THIS is down right stealing from the middle and lower income families.
    People who are just BARELY Feeding their family. The cost at the grocery stores are rediculious, the price at the gas pumps are outrageous and now we can't use the lights in our own homes! What will be next charge for the air that we breath?

    Barb volker
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois already makes enough money off it's natural gas prices, not to mention electrical prices. I say vote AGAINST this rate increase. Your assistance is appreciated. Thank you ! ! !
    Kenneth Hirsig
  • August 30, 2011

    Every year you ask for more and more money from consumers who cannot be stretched anymore! We are tired of being taxed to death and being asked to pay more for your rate increases! People are having a hard time keeping their families afloat!

    I can't raise my debt ceiling every time I want more money! American's are trying to be responsible citizens, and we work hard for our money!

    Enough! We have had enough of Ameren's greed!

    NO to raising the rate increase!!!

    Robert Weimer
  • August 30, 2011

    We, in Illinois, are fed up with the rate hike proposal.
    Marce Corbett
  • August 30, 2011

    Now is not the time for Ameren to raise rates and put additional burden on the tax payers. State tax increase will eat up tax payers liquid income.
    Rebecca Pafford
  • August 30, 2011

    I Feel we have enough increases from Ameren I am on A Fixed income .
    Jack D Mariage
  • August 30, 2011

    No more rate increases. I am on social security and I didn't get a raise in payments for 2 years, Why should Ameren Illinois?
    P.M. Bucknam
  • August 30, 2011

    I'm writing about the proposed rate increase for Ameren Utility. This company, in my judgment, has seldom been forthcoming about the consequences of these rate increases. Before the rate freezed ended, customers were told that their rates would increase twenty to thirty percent, if memory seves correctly.

    My mother lives in an all electric house, there were months that the electric bills went up as much as two to three hundred percent, and I told our representative in the state legislature about this after the rate freeze was allowed to expire.

    This is a company that is making millions in profits, and considering where the economy is for most people in the country, and the state, it's very irresponsible for them to even ask for another increase, they certainly do not deserve it.

    William Clough
  • August 30, 2011

    No Way should Ameren be allowed to increase their rates. We have had to purchase a generator because of the amount of times we are out of power when there isn't even a storm let alone the amount of times there is a storm. It is time you people start looking out for the people in Illinois and stop allowing the rich to keep getting rich off the average American.
    Barbara Augustine
  • August 30, 2011

    I work with people on fixed incomes daily who are not able to afford their current power bills. It is even getting tougher and tougher for me to keep up. It use to be that people would offer a product at a fair price to consumers. Now it seem as if the goal of Ameren is to have the best of equipment and the highest profits the market will allow. Greed. Instead to constantly thinking of how to get the greatest profit to your share holders it's time to think about those who can no longer purchase a fair priced product. We watch as your profits are posted and our pockets drained. Something is wrong. I believe I heard someone say "immoral and unacceptable" is the way you are conducting business.
    I say enough is enough, live within your means, not off the backs and hard work of others. If you don't have enough to do what you want, do as you are asking us to constantly do, sacrifice, cut, trim the fat. But stop asking for more from us.

    Stacey Brohard
  • August 30, 2011

    I am against Ameren's proposed rate increase. I have been in default of my utility payment off and on for over 6 years. I simply can not afford what is being charged now, let alone more. Our family needs an increase in food and improvements on our house.
    Please do not allow Ameren to increase our rates. Please rule that Ameren should immediately lower our rates.

    Thank You,
    Doug Aulabaugh

    Doug Aulabaugh
  • August 30, 2011

    I was born and raised in Bunker Hill, IL and, other than my time in the military, I have lived here nearly all of my life. Many years ago, when I was younger, our electrical service from then Illinois Power (now AmerenIP) was much better than it is today. Thunderstorms, snow storms, ice storms, etc., we had it all back then too. The difference between then and now is, we lose power so much easier than we did in those days. Back then, when power would go out, it would be back on within an hour or maybe two. Today, it's out for hours at a time, sometimes 3-5 or more. Power goes out when weather is fine, power goes out for no reason. Many people here can attest to this.

    I have a family member who lives near a town with a large "feed and seed" grain elevator company. Their power flashes on/off on a regular basis and Ameren tells them it's the grain elevator straining the system. So why should residents have to suffer because Ameren doesn't supply enough power to that company? In today's electronic world, expensive home equipment can easily fall victim to Ameren's shortcomings, at the cost of the homeowner, not Ameren.

    Ameren insists they require each and every rate hike to provide a good service. There's only one problem with that...they DO NOT provide a good service no matter how many rate hikes we receive. How can our State Govt. justify approving these rate increases for a substandard service? When they've gotten their rate increases in the past, our service wasn't improved. They did nothing with our extra money to improve the quality of the service they provide, so where does that money go? In their pockets and in the pockets of the politicians who will most definitely approve this recent rate increase request. Where is the accountability? Where is the superior service we should be provided for the never-ending rate increases they receive?

    This has to stop because millions of people are financially distraught these days. Regardless of the shape of our economy, this has to stop because Ameren does not deserve record profits for providing a below average service. How is it they were able to provide a MUCH BETTER service 20 years ago with less money? Enough is enough, stop their greed now and force them to provide a service worthy of the money they are paid. If not, then rid our area of the monopoly Ameren holds and give us choices to get our power from someone else.

    Thank you.

    Todd B.
    Bunker Hill, IL

    Todd B.
  • August 30, 2011

    we are fed up with sky rocketing rate & utility raises. when is enough enough for companies ceo's greed
    john slutz
  • August 30, 2011

    Why should Ameren get an increase when they are right now in negotiations for a new contract where they will have an undeserved access to the union employee's pention fund, that they have only contributed to for 4 years, worth billions? The pention fund was started in the early 70s by Cilco for their employees.
    NO NAME PLEASE
  • August 30, 2011

    Please, do NOT allow Ameren to substantially raise their rates.

    NO WAY!

    Dara Drew
  • August 30, 2011

    ameren must do what I must do on a FIXED INCOME..........live with it!!!!
    arza mumma
  • August 30, 2011

    Please do not allow ANY price increases for Ameren IL customers. Let their stockholders and executives instead of their consumers take it on the chin this time. They have neglected consumers' electric line and gas line maintenance for years while increasing their dividend and salary payouts.
    M.E. Bechtold
  • August 30, 2011

    I am fed up with their increases they make more than enough profit for any company !!!
    Cynthia Williams
  • August 30, 2011

    Please do not increase our electric rates. so many people are struggling as it is to make end meet. I work at a church and I have calls every day from people that can't pay their bills already. I am able to pay my bills but money so so tight that we are doing all we can to cut back. No more rate hikes!
    Rachel
  • August 30, 2011

    I believe that the power companies, namely Ameren, should not be allowed to have another tax rate increase!! all they are doing is taking in the greed for themselves as usual. what about people who are unemployed right now, people who are a fixed income, people who are low income, these are the people who always get the short end of the stick, so to speak. It seems that when the economy is at it's lowest anyway what makes them so special or deserving that they can do this? I think it is abunch of BULL! So shame on you!
    cheryl strowmatt
  • August 30, 2011

    I am opposed to the rate increase. Our electric/gas bills are already high, even though we follow the 'energy saving' suggestions provided to us by Ameren. With this economy, it is not a good time to raise rates.
    Sarah Cordes
  • August 30, 2011

    “NO WAY” to the Ameren rate increase!
    Laura Johnson
  • August 30, 2011

    It is time we the tax payers say no the corporations that wish to increase the rates onto their clients. I agree that these companies have share holders who wish to make a reasonable return on their invests. It seems year after year these same corporations ask for an increase for their services. The ICC need to hear the citizens and not the contributions these companies make to various individuals. As a public official I cannot accept that the increase in electric rates or gas rates is warranted at this time. If a increase is approved it should be over a given term of 5 years with no increase during that time. We the people can budget this over a long time. Is the increase asked for due to lost revenue because of too many foreclosers of homes. Tranmission cost is not the reason. Say NO to the increase.
    bob little
  • August 30, 2011

    I do not believe that Ameren needs another rate increase.
    Edwin Hetzel
  • August 30, 2011

    “NO WAY” to the Ameren rate increase
    William G.Riggs
  • August 30, 2011

    It would be a criminal act to allow any rate increase given the state of the economy and the conditionthat people on fixed incomes find themselves. We all have to struggle and sacrafice. So let the power companies share the pain.

    We moved back from Louisiana where we paid no more than $ 200.00 per month in a four bedroom house. Since we are back in Illinois our last bill was $ 300.00 plus for a 1,500 sq. ft Manufacturerd Home

    Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!

    William H. Bremen,Sr.
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren is unhappy because they are allowed to earn higher profits than they currently are earning; and they are threatening us by say the reliability of our service is at stake unless we allow them to earn more!

    It is against common sense to increase the cost of utilities when the economy is stagnant, when social security recipients have received no cola raise in two years, when there is apx. ten percent unemployment. . .

    Please, do not increase the cost of living for us on fixed incomes to permit Ameren to earn higher profits.

    Martin Hackett
  • August 30, 2011

    Stop the rate increase, I am retired and the rate they want is 10% of
    what I get for a month, that doesn't seem fair. Everyone is having to
    trim there spending maybe they should look at ways to cut there
    expenses. I worked in the business field and I know there is places at
    the top to cut.

    Sandra Beckman
  • August 30, 2011

    I cannot believe Amerin illinois requesting an 11% increase on its electric delivery charges. the economy is struggling and jobs are nhard to find yet they feel they need rewards for the work they do. we out here are lucky to have jobs much less get rewards for doing it. maybe if they had to live on a fixed income like we do they would realize an increase however minute is devastating. my income isnot going up but you charge me the same. where does it end.
    Jim. HUNTINGTON
  • August 30, 2011

    I believe a company showing a profit doesn't need a raise in
    their rates. I also believe that are rates are high enough as
    we are retired and on a fixed income. We have to manage are budget on the income we have, so why can't they?

    ROBERT L. CANEVIT
  • August 30, 2011

    Well, mistakes are made as we decide where we live as we age and have the need to be close to families. Shouldn't be that way and was definitely not intentional. However my disabilities were a deciding factor. We moved to Illinois, the number one fiscally challenged state three years ago so that we could be close. Since then, sales taxes have increased, heating fuel has increased, Ameren has increased their rates and when you look around, nothing is improving. Roads are horrible and constituents are highly discouraged.

    Don't let Ameren run people out of Illinios with their habitual rate hikes. When people are struggling and unemployed, their ability to provide for their family should not be controlled by Ameren because they need to make another million dollars over previous years. Please help us by denying their request to raise rates but not quality of service.

    Janna Burnworth
  • August 30, 2011

    NO to increase in electric rate hike.
    Betty Logan
  • August 30, 2011

    I'm opposed to any rate increase. As a monopoly, you don't need this increase, having made half a billion in profits last year.
    Arthur J. Orsted
  • August 30, 2011

    Reference to the electric increase that Ameren is asking for, this is out of the question. The people are tired of steady increases in Ameren's asking for it. Everything is going up for the people, especially the low income and the elderly on fixed incomes. I noticed on our bill different items that really push up the price, meter charges, gas charges for delivery, really, we are paying for all their over head so they can make bigger profits, if it was up to me, I be checking on all their little charges on the bill, that is if I was in command, enough is enough, sorry for the long comment. NO TO ANY INCREASES, lets reduce some of their perks.
    william meschnark
  • August 30, 2011

    I am one of millions, millions who are a fixed income. It is hard to make ends meet right now -- making under $800 a month and paying utilities, food, the lists goes on. Try and live on that. Enough is Enough.

    Thank you

    Yolanda Marucco
  • August 30, 2011

    How can Ameren expect consumers to pay more for services when the economy is poor, many companies are not able to give out cost of living raises, and much of the public is out of work? This is absolutely ridiculous. No, it's GREED. Plain and simple.
    Leslie
  • August 30, 2011

    You really want to implement an increase when people can't afford to pay their utility bills in the first place? I say quit being greedy since you're making a profit! In a few years when the economy has recovered, then rethink an increase. But even then, I don't think people would have such a problem with an increase if it were 2-3% and not 10%+ increases. Think of it this way...when we get a cost of living increase at work, its generally around 3%, so how you think people can afford a bigger utility increase when everything else is going up is beyond me. Let's be realistic!

    Thank you,

    Lora Mager

    Lora Mager
  • August 30, 2011

    Please, do not allow Ameren to raise their rates. My husband and I are working, but, neither of us gets raises from our employers. In fact, my hours were cut by 5 hours per week. We are barely keeping our noses above water, as it is. I am getting so tired of prices of everything being raised, and having to work 2 jobs, just to try to stay afloat. It is getting to the point, that we have to "rob Peter to pay Paul" (in spite of working 2 jobs). Everyone seems to be standing around with their hands out, and, there is only so much to go around.
    Julie Lyons
  • August 30, 2011

    Dear Sirs,
    Please don't approve another rate increase for Ameren! They made huge profits last year again and yet are back trying to gouge consumers for more money, using the tax increase in Illinois as one of their excuses. Ameren comes back again and again for rate hikes and sadly those have been approved time and time again. The consumer in this state also has to pay higher taxes, gasoline costs, food prices, property taxes and on and on! It's becoming more and more difficult to live and work in this state and higher utility rates will be one more cause that drive businesses out of the state. Please say no to Ameren this time! Enough is enough! We already set our thermostat lower in winter, higher in summer and line dry clothes all year long! We can't do much more to conserve energy.
    Think of the every day working people, please.

    Cynthia Baker
  • August 30, 2011

    Absolutly "NO" to a rate increase. I am an AARP subscriber and a senior on fixed income. NO increase!!!!
    Joan McCoy
  • August 30, 2011

    Price of electric and gas have sky rocketed too far as it is, people on fixed incomes can no longer afford it!
    Donna Hanneken
  • August 30, 2011

    We working people are having enough trouble paying bills at it is. I disagree with this rate hike.
    Kevin Becker
  • August 30, 2011

    we people who are on a based income are struggling enough at one time i went to energy assistants to get my bill paid the lady at ameren gave me a piece of paper to sign yes my bill was paid in full then a week later they shut me off again said they put my adult daughters cilco bill on mine and i was responsible for it when her husband and her should of been im on a breathing machine but they said that didnt matter so i cant get cilco.they shouldnt be able to add other peoples bill on to yours when i called they said i had to pay on it or my daughter had to take care of it. this is just wrong when my bill was paid in full.
    barbara spencer
  • August 30, 2011

    Please, turn down the proposed Ameren rate increase!! At the profits they recorded for last year, they are doing fine as a business- and yet many of their customers can't pay their bills at the existing rate. A hard winter combined with increased rates will bring suffering for a lot of people.
    Abby Warfel
  • August 30, 2011

    The thieves at Ameren do not need anymore of our money. They are trying to do nothing more than line the pockets of their shareholders, especially their corporate officers. They made a large profit last year and they can operate on that without any problem. I don't know how they can continue to expect their customers to keep paying more and more and more every year.

    They need to operate like the rest of us, with less and less every year. See the world through our eyes once in a while.

    I guarantee I will not vote for any legislator who goes on record to support Ameren's efforts to raise their rates. I can't believe they would pass a resolution to make rate increases easier to file for.

    Thank you!

    Barry Burnett
  • August 30, 2011

    The poposed rate hike by Ameren, should not be allowed. Instead we need a
    rate CUT. Illinois residents are already paying too much for electricity. We are
    one of the highest in the nation. If Ameren cannot run this utility co.,We need
    to find someone else.

    Gary Gondry
  • August 30, 2011

    Over 200 million in profits in an economy like this is very good. Stop being greedy Ameren! All consumers have had to cut back what makes you think you shouldn't have to as well? Have some compassion for the communities that you serve since we have contributed to making you rich!
    Alicia
  • August 30, 2011

    I am saying NO NO NO to Ameren's proposed electric delivery rate increase.
    Leonard Sutherlin
  • August 30, 2011

    I urge the Illinois Commerence Commission to REJECT Ameren Illinois' requests for an electric rate hike proposal (11-0279) and a gas hike proposal (11-0282). The rate hikes are EXCESSIVE and beyond what is needed to run the Ameren Company and provide a reasonable return on past and future investments,

    Retirees, like myself, will find such excessive rate hikes difficult to absorb into a personal budget. The economy has not recovered to the extent that ordinary citizens can absorb the proposed rate hikes. People are still being laid off, homes are still being foreclosed on and taxes are rising.

    PLEASE DO NOT APPROVE THESE RATE HIKES.

    Arlene M. Blank
  • August 30, 2011

    To Those In Charge,

    I am asking that the proposed rate increases that Ameren is seeking be denied 100%.

    They, Ameren, like my family need to work within their budget.

    Thank you,
    James Williams

    James Williams
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois is a Missouri company. Ameren Missouri customers enjoy stunningly low electric rates compared to Ameren Illinois customers, yet only a river separates them! So how do Missouri citizens enjoy such low power rates and live in a State that contains the jobs that thousands of Illinoisan’s must travel to on a daily basis? It’s pure and simple. The Illinois servants/ politicians receive large sums of money from Ameren (Missouri based). This “buyoff” guarantees the servants/politicians will not block Ameren Illinois exorbitant “power” prices and thus allows Missouri to be more economically attractive than Illinois. It's a lose lose for Illinois.

    This overpriced “power” or better “delivery charges” will subsidize its Missouri operations (through corporate profits) so that Missouri is able to retain dirt cheap power prices and place it at an economic advantage over Illinois. This allows Missouri to have a far superior business and residential climate over its Ameren Illinois territory, which just so happens to border Missouri. Funny how that works.

    When the dim wits in Springfield and Chicago figure out what’s going on and see what’s killing Southern Illinois maybe they will wake up to the fraud Ameren has been perpetrating on the State of Illinois. Illinois sits by as a handmaiden to Ameren while allowing income and money to pour into Missouri and away from Illinois, and lots of it on a daily basis. When they turn their attention away from Chicago, for just a split second, they will see how their neglect to the southern part of the State is hurting the entire State. Just as Illinois Corporations desire to put Illinois competitors at a disadvantage so do bordering States Corporations! Unless Illinois stands up to these serial gougers the State will continue to bleed population and lose influence.

    QUIT ALLOWING THE RESIDENTS OF ILLINOIS TO BE CONTINUALLY GOUGED SO THAT MISSOURI RESIDENTS CAN ENJOY ROCK BOTTOM POWER PRICES! It’s there to see for those with eyes to see.

    RE Watsek Jr
  • August 30, 2011

    I am appalled, that a company who has profited over $200 million last year, can even morally or ethically consider asking for more money from struggling customers barely able to pay their bill now; especially while millions struggle to even provide food, shelter and basic necessities for their families. How can these CEO's and lawyers sleep at night knowing that an elderly person is having to choose between buying life saving medicine for the month or pay their Ameren Cilco bill or the young families that aren't even able to afford school supplies for their children because of their Ameren Cilco bill. Then the company has the audacity to say it's because us, as customers, are demanding these hikes. Do they really believe that line of bull and if so, I would like to see that proposal from those customers seeking these improvements. What do they need to improve that $200 million wouldn't cover??
    I am one hundred percent against these rate increases. Please, please, please, deny these increases for the sake of the average struggling American right now!

    Jacklyn Betteridge
  • August 30, 2011

    Just say no to any increases Thank you
    Robert Constans
  • August 30, 2011

    I am a disabled Senior Citizen. I live in HUD subsidized housing. I am responsible to pay my electric bill each month and my electricity is NOT included in my rent. I have noticed in the last couple years that my electric bill just keeps having more and more service charges on it each and every month. The electricity itself is very reasonable, it is all of the taxes, and other service charges that add up on my bill. Currently I am on a budget billing in order to keep up my payments. I had been receiving ILHEAP assistance for the summer and winter, but that assistance was no longer available for summer months, and I have been told by an ILHEAP official that the winter assistance will definitely be much less than what I had been receiving and that amount was $250.00 total for the entire winter months. I am having a difficult time with my monthly budget now because I lost the ILHEAP assistance and I have to pay the entire electric bill which is $79.00 each month. That may not sound like alot of money to some people, but for those of us who have a very limited fixed social security income each month it certainly is.

    Ameren has been pulling this "stunt" for many years last past. They do not deserve any more increases, in fact, if you were to look at the monthly bills of customers you will see most of the expense we have to endure are because of ALL OF THE EXTRAS they add to the bill . . . service charges, a fee for the meter, City taxes, etc. etc. etc.
    In fact, I believe the rates should be reduced accordingly.

    So I would respectfully request that Ameren NOT be granted another rate increase. And further I join ALL advocates who are working in Springfield to see that this rate increase does not come to pass.

    Thank you.

    E. L. Lindgren

    E. L. Lindgren
  • August 30, 2011

    is this really necessary....... ameren knows they are ripping us off and have for years!!!!!!!!!!! we are moving, seriously, just because of ameren!!! No More! Yes, a rate decrease is certainly the answer for the people that are staying on ameren lines. I feel so sorry for them as that will never happen. Get Ameren out and someone, anyone else in!!
    fed up ameren customer
  • August 30, 2011

    This is absurd. Stop the gouging of the public. Medicare is on a freeze for seniors so freeze the gas and electric also.
    Phylis Brown
  • August 30, 2011

    I am fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed.
    Stacy Bucher
  • August 30, 2011

    I am opposed to this rate increase.
    Katherine Crimmins
  • August 30, 2011

    Stop the rate hikes by utility companies and put an end to the corporate greed at the expense of all of us taxpayers.
    Brian Bucher
  • August 30, 2011

    I am proposing not to allow the rate hike. We can not afford another rate hike. People can not afford to pay more money on the utilities in this down economy
    Johua Cravero
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren does not need a rate increase. With people out of work and loosing their homes, they need to rethink this. How much money will ever be enough for them. People on fixed incomes should not have to make decisions on do I buy my meds or pay the power etc.

    Thank you for your time.

    Linda Dyer
  • August 30, 2011

    I cannot remember a year when Ameren Has not asked for a substantial rate increase. We still have frequent outages, even though I am in the city. The outages are shorter, but still play havoc with electrical equipment. I think it is time for Decatur to start operating gas turbines to produce our own electricity locally. I think that a combination of natural gas turbines, wind, and solar should be planned. This will reduce line loss, and reduce dependence on electricity from distant power plants.
    Ronald C. Wagner
  • August 30, 2011

    We need to say NO to any additional rate increases. Ameren is making big profits and thinks it still needs to make more. How about the fixed income seniors???
    Carol Di Fiori
  • August 30, 2011

    I am vehemently opposed to Ameren being allowed another rate hike. The company says it is for upgrades and updates. Isn't that what they said the last time, and where have those things been done? Besides isn't a company supposed to use their profits for such things, not expect their customers to pay for them before they are done? I feel all they are interested in doing is filling the pockets of their board of trustees with even bigger bonuses than they have done in the past. Tell Ameren enough is enough in today's economy if they can't budget themselves accordingly they cannot expect the people they serve to make up for their shortcomings. Thank you.
    John Freed
  • August 30, 2011

    nine percent on return profit from Amerin Il is obscene, compared to what I make on investments.
    Robert Ring
  • August 30, 2011

    There is no reason why you should have raise the rates, you make millions of dollars. I don't get a pay raise to live on the increases so why should you. My bill is now close to what I am paying for my mortgage. Stop the increase.
    Teresa Langan
  • August 30, 2011

    I believe cilco is too high now! I'm a single mother of three and will soon be getting a second job just to help pay cilco. It would be nice to get a break or a little back!
    leah
  • August 30, 2011

    NO WAY to the HIKE in electric service....we are already paying way too much
    for our gas and electric! We don't WANT it!!!!!

    Colleen Hagenbruch
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren should have to cut csts during these tough times like everyone else. They get an enormous amount of money now as by their record profits already posted. Make them spend the profits they already collect and fix the power grid. When I have 9 power outages in three months I know they have an issue. Times are tough as it is and Ameren doesn't need more money.
    Joe Schaub
  • August 30, 2011

    I respectfully request that the rate increase be denied. Ameren needs to live with what it has, just as I do. Thank you.
    Robert Cummins
  • August 30, 2011

    Living in Illinois is becoming more difficult and costly. Utility rates for all services are too high. This rate increase should be denied and AMEREN required to reduce their costs.
    Duane Marsh
  • August 30, 2011

    im on ssi and live on $600 a month and by the time i pay rent and my other bills and ameren and food i am broke. how do you pay something you dont have if they get a raise. right now i have to borrow money from churches to get to my doctor appointments. im disabled. have to go to pantries for food. if they get a raise i dont know what i will do
    carol parrish
  • August 30, 2011

    This is absolutely RIDICULOUS. Ameren just raised their rates not too long ago and for people like me who are struggling in this economy there is just no way we can afford another increase. If you ask me they need to lower their rates. I live in a two story townhome which really isnt that big and just last month my bill was an OUTRAGEOUS $ 175. DO NOT RAISE THE RAT ES. I'm sure whoever runs Ameren is sitting nice and cozy in their huge mansions but for those of us who struggle on a daily basis to support out families this is really something we cant handle right now. Dont do it.
    Meghann Hiser
  • August 30, 2011

    Everytime you turn around Ameren is requesting a rate hike. They need to cut some fat in their corporate office before making the elderly and poor pay more.
    mike reilly
  • August 30, 2011

    I hereby promise you, that I will stop paying the electric bill immediately if this rate increase is ultimately approved. The tenants in my apartment complex have agreed to do the same. WE WILL BE HEARD. WE THE PEOPLE,THE CONSUMERS HAVE THE REAL POWER AND WE ARE STANDING UP!!!! NO AMEREN INCREASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Darryl VILLARREAL
  • August 30, 2011

    I'm so sick and tired of the greed from the big companies. Enough is enough! I oppose this rate hike!
    Tammy Conlee
  • August 30, 2011

    Stop Ameren. The rates are high enough. How about us who are single, divorced mothers or fathers, or the elderly on fixed incomes.
    Kim Stewart
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren’s rate increase request comes on the heels of their support for Senate Bill 1652 – a bill that will result in additional electric rate increases for consumers across the state. Ameren supported Senate Bill 1652 - a bill that essentially writes higher utility company profits into state law. The bill narrowly passed the General Assembly this Spring but concerned citizens will continue to fight to ensure that the bill does not become law.
    Terry Weber
  • August 30, 2011

    I am contacting you to protest against the request for Amerin Illinois to raise rates in Illinois. There is NO NEED to allow the rate increase for Amerin at this time. Amerin played a scare tactic a few years ago to attempt an increase. They are still making a reasonable profit. They do not need to pad their pockets on the shoulders of Illinois consumers.
    Glen Neal
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois does not need another electric delivery service rate increase. It is not fair to keep giving this company increases while people are struggling to pay their bills now. I know this because I am one who is struggling every mounth to pay me bill. If this continues, I will not be able to afford to pay this any longer.
    Dorothy
  • August 30, 2011

    Please do not approve Ameron's request for a rate increase. I am a senior citizen living on fixed income and havve trouble paying my power bill currently.
    James Young
  • August 30, 2011

    I would like to say that at this time I do not think Ameren Illinois should be granted a rate increase. Over the years this company has been like many of the other utilities and have not been upgrading there facilities, etc. in order to make their companies stock holders happy. The general public should not have to pay for the companies miss management.

    With all of the unemployment and layoffs to hit the general public with an increase would be closer to a crime. When people are struggling these companies just want to keep making trying to live more painful for everyone.

    Chris Petras
  • August 30, 2011

    Dear Sir,
    I am totally against the rate increase Ameren is requesting. Our rates are too high now for the service we receive.

    Sincerely,
    Charles Robertson

    Charles Robertson
  • August 30, 2011

    NO WAY to the Ameren increase.
    Barbara Humes
  • August 30, 2011

    Stop the increase
    Patty Smith
  • August 30, 2011

    They make huge profits now and we can't afford to give them more. My wife and I are on fixed income. No way to a price increase on electricity or gas.
    James V. Jeremiah Sr.
  • August 30, 2011

    NO to the Ameren rate increase
    paul weih
  • August 30, 2011

    Dear Commerce Commission:

    The proposed rate increase by Ameren is another attempt by an energy monopoly to pad the bottom line for themselves and their investors. While incomes from the middle class on down are on the wane, everything from food, clothing and gasoline, not even mentioning taxes, have increased dramatically. How much is enough??

    Ameren has enjoyed profits at levels that should satisfy any company. They want more. We don't have it. Why should we consumers have to choose between the high costs of health care, food, gasoline and home energy? We can't afford it.

    I ask this commission to deny Ameren's request for a rate increase for all of the reasons stated. Ameren is successful enough without the rate increase. Don't let them take more from us. Thank you for your help in this matter.

    Sincerely,

    John Koch

    John Koch
  • August 30, 2011

    I OPPOSE ANY RATE HIKES that Ameren might be considering. The working people of America are TIRED of taking care of the large utility companies, and I personally, am a retired individual. It is time large utility companies start doing what is RIGHT and FAIR, and be TRUE AMERICANS by making rates fair and affordable for ALL. If the rich wealthy people in this country have not realized it by now, the CEO's making 30-40 billion dollars a year are collecting their money from the middle-class. Play fair or leave this country....we do not need you here.
    Lynne Robinson
  • August 30, 2011

    Please do not allow Ameren to hike the gas and electric rates for citizens. The rates are too high already, especially for older citizens who are on a fixed income.
    Thank you in advance for your support.

    Jerry Ippolito
  • August 30, 2011

    I don't think Ameren Illinois deserves a rate increase.
    William J. Ferris
  • August 30, 2011

    Vote no for increase!
    Janet Albert
  • August 30, 2011

    I am asking that you not allow Ameren to increase their rates. i work at home and even though we utilize many energy saving devices because I have traffic in and out and must maintain a "comfortable" environment, I am all ready having difficulty meeting the monthly expense of our utilities, especially now with the economic factors of our society. Please vote NO
    Pamela Donath
  • August 30, 2011

    There s no way the state should allow Ameren to have ANOTHER rate increase. These people are killing us. How mahy rate increases have they gotten in the past 5 years? Do you know how many cost of living increases we here in Illinois got in that time - NONE!

    Ameren needs to stop focusing on paying their stock holders big profits and start investing some of that money into the maintenance and upgrades they claim they need. They constantly site those two reasons for needing increases when in fact their stock holders are getting all the increase money and nothing is getting done out here.

    DO NOT ALLOW THEM YET ANOTHER INCREASE! They are holding us hostage out here.

    Donna Gaunt
  • August 30, 2011

    How much "profit" is enough for this company. I am on a fixed income and can barely afford to live now. The rate request if for a "general increase in electric delivery"...are they saying the galvanized towers and highline cables are wearing out? Every year this uility requests a general rate increase to increase their profit margin. The general public CANNOT AFFORD IT! Please say NO!!!!!!!!!
    Donald Sanders
  • August 30, 2011

    I am opposed to any rate increase at this time. I have a limited income and I am barely getting by as it is. Any rate increase would further strain my limited funds.
    Mark Stephen Richards
  • August 30, 2011

    Please reject the Ameron request for another rate increase. It just keeps getting harder to make ends meet with gas and food prices as high as they are. An increase would further reduce my ability to stay afloat.
    bob gailliaert
  • August 30, 2011

    I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN. THEY'RE GETTING GREEDY NOW.
  • August 30, 2011

    I am retired and on a fixed income and cannot afford another increase. When you look at the high profit the company is making they don't need it. They need to cut back on high executive bonuses. I am strictly opposed to any rate increase.
  • August 30, 2011

    I am calling in opposition to any rate increase for gas or electric for Ameren. I think it should be the opposite. I think there should be a rate reduction, given this economy in its currnet state. Commission members need to take into acocunt that folks on SS are on their 3rd year without any increase in income.
  • August 30, 2011

    I'M ON A FIXED INCOME AND AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE EXECUTIVES THERE ARE MAKING THE SALARIES THEY DO.
  • August 30, 2011

    WE NEED THE COMMISSION TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
  • August 30, 2011

    I just called to say "NO" to Ameren ('s proposed rate hike) Right now the economy is so bad, retired people cannot handle much more. I'm satisfied with the service, but enough is enough.
  • August 30, 2011

    I wanted to call to vehemently oppose Ameren's proposed rate hike.
  • August 30, 2011

    Im on a fixed income, and these rate hikes are really getting to me. I would like to say that the ICC should approve these rate hikes. I'm talking about both electric and gas hikes. I just hope it doesn't go through.
  • August 30, 2011

    I protest any rate increase for Ameren.
  • August 30, 2011

    I object to any rate increase for Ameren. I am on a fixed income and do without 3 medications now just to pay my bill
  • August 30, 2011

    I heard on channel 3 news last night Ameren wanting another rate increase and they are making high profits now and do not need it. I am totally against the increase.
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren doesn't deserve a rate increase, they've made enough profits over the past years.
  • August 29, 2011

    Ameren absolutely doesn't not deserve another increase and I say NO.
  • August 29, 2011

    I vote no on any rate increase
  • August 29, 2011

    I am really angry and upset at the ICC and Ameren regarding these rate increases. How much more can they expect us to pay? The ICC must do something to stop this! Its getting to where people are going to have to move out of this state. The ICC owes it to the people of the state to not allow this increase. Gas, groceries, everything keeps piling up. I can't take much more!
  • August 26, 2011

    on-line complaint tracking # 2315:

    I would like to express displeasure at the proposed rate increase. I am drowning in debt just to your company alone.This is insane to think that customers could pay a bill that is even more expensive , when they can hardly keep up with current rates .If it weren't for LIHEAP ,I'm sure my power would have been cut off long ago. I have been paying utility bills for 31 years first in Atlanta then in Illinois. I have never had this much trouble being able to afford power/gas. I hope there is another solution to the problem.

  • August 26, 2011

    I am calling to oppose Ameren's proposed rate increase. I just think Ameren is being extra greedy and I don't think it is necessary.
  • August 26, 2011

    ICC Hearing on Ameren's Rate Increase RequestI am saying " NO Way " to Ameren Rate Increase
  • August 26, 2011

    I oppose the rate increase for Ameren electric.
  • August 26, 2011

    I AM OPPOSED TO RATE HIKE BECAUSE I AM PAYIONG ENOUGH ALREADY
  • August 26, 2011

    I opposed the huge increase for Ameren electric.
  • August 26, 2011

    I was reading an article in the Peoria General Star about the new rate increase request from Ameren and their recently given increase in rates. I believe it is a mistake to allow private enterprises to control electricity and gas delivery in our state. Utilities are a necessisty for everyone. The only goal of a private enterprise is to increase profits. Utilities need to be served by the state or something else that is not profit driven. I am against another rate increase.
  • August 26, 2011

    I would like to lodge a complaint concerning Ameren's request to increase rates -- I would like to say "NO WAY' to price increases which are already three times as high as prices in Missouri or other states across the United States!!!!
  • August 26, 2011

    I'd like to say NO to the Ameren rate hike. They made over $200 Million in profits off of us last year. I think that is more than enough!
  • August 26, 2011

    I oppose the Ameren rate hike.
  • August 25, 2011

    I say NO to Ameren's proposed rate increase!! Most people cannot afford to have their utility rates increased at this time. So many are barely able to get by with the economy as it is, this would only make it harder for those least likely to afford it. Please say NO WAY!
    Elizabeth Davis
  • August 25, 2011

    I am fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed. Big corporations such as Ameren are not different than the lying politicians in Wahsington. They want to raise rates on the backs of lower class middle America. Keep raising rates and we won't have any big business left in the state. I wonder what they are going to call the Sears Tower when the corporate headquarters vacates.

    STOP THE SKY ROCKETING RATES AND UTILITY GREED NOW!!!!!!!!

    Susan Gutterridge
  • August 25, 2011

    How much more does AMEREN need to run it's business, or is it How much it needs to line the pockets of it's "investors" and Upper management?? This constant requests for increases in rates remind me of the tale of the "Goose that laid the golden egg". How much more can the consumer base afford to pay in "rate increases"?? or is it Greed ??

    A review of past Ameren-Cilco bill statements shows a rare occasion of a bill in excess of $100. Now I am gratified to see a bill UNDER $200. And yet the Federal government tells us who are collecting SSI benefits that inflation has not increased enough to make a corresponding increase in our SSI. IF inflation has not occurred, Then where is the need to increase costs?? See last sentence in paragraph one (1).

    I have read news reports that Ameren-Cilco plans to build a Billion $ plus new electrical source "for" Illinois. Is it the consumer who is to carry the burden for this endeavor?? The cornerstone of American capitalism is that the investors provide the money ($) for a project after reviewing the company proposal, and determining if the project is fiscally feasible. In this case, is the plan for the consumer to bear the cost??

    Is it not time for the ICC to wake as well??


    Farrel Williams
  • August 25, 2011

    Please do not approve this rate hike! Ameren has received over 200 million dollars in increases since 2008. The economy is terrible and people are struggling. Illinois' unemployment rate is the highest of any state and higher than the national average. Now is not the time to be raising rates.
    Lisa J. Harbers
  • August 25, 2011

    I'm opposed to Senate Bill 1652, a bill that will result in higher electric rates for consumers across the state. Why should Ameren have the right to increase rates at a time of high unemployment and financial hardships across the state? I say "No Way!" this is one bill that should never become law!! There are those who are suffering in such a way that more out of pocket could be devastating to them. All Ameren cares about is the bottom line, how about a little sharing of the wealth to those in need?
    Ronald Hutson
  • August 25, 2011

    Please do not approve the Ameren request for a rate increase.
    Barb Lutz
  • August 25, 2011

    You can not grant Ameren another general increase in electric delivery service rates. They are currently supporting Senate Bill 1652 which is essentially trying to write higher utility company profits into state law. How much profit does this company feel they need?? At the cost of the consumer, who in many cases can't afford their utility bills as is. Please try to consider the consumer when deciding on this proposal.
    Denise Coon
  • August 25, 2011

    All of my utilities have risen in the past year. This may reflect actual costs, but I am at a breaking point. I no longer can quite meet my monthly bills and have started spending savings. I cannot afford Ameren raising rates again. They make a profit now. Why should they make even more money? It's all well and good to say the stockholders should be served, but for all intents and purposes they have a monopoly. They should not be allowed to increase rates at all for several years. Times are very very bad and it is the commission's job to keep us all afloat in this complicated world. Too many people would have this rate increase come out of their food money. That would be the money they spend feeding their children and themselves. For old people it will really take many of them down. Please do not approve this increase. Thanks for you time.
    Tim Osburn
  • August 25, 2011

    “NO WAY” to the Ameren rate increase
    Beverly Storey
  • August 25, 2011

    Thank you very much for allowing me to comment. It upsets me very much that Ameren is again asking you for yet another increase for delivery charges for electricity. Every time you turn around they are harangueing the citizens of Illinois for more profits in the guise of doing it for the good of the people. Sure, they need to modernize the grid, but let them do it from their present profits and make them do it incrementally so as not to incur huge costs just as any other business would have to do. From what I have surmised, Ameren is one of the most inefficient of all electricity companies; make them increase profits through improvements in efficiency instead of letting them take the easy way out. They know that if they constantly ask for more money their chances of getting it will improve by wearing down the Commission. They have lawyers out the ying-yang just for this purpose.
    Please stand up for the low and fixed income people such as myself who use very little electricity (I can't afford to do anything else) and whose bills consist of mostly delivery charges (80% of last months electricity bill). Personally, I believe delivery charges should be based upon a sliding scale in correlation with how much electricity one uses- not as it is now where those who can least afford it (those that scrimp and save) get charged just as much as large users are charged (those having huge homes).
    Sorry about my long comment, but I feel very strongly about this.
    Thanks for listening to me.
    Earl Toland

    Earl Toland
  • August 25, 2011

    I think it's ridiculous that Ameren thinks they need to raise their rates once or more each year. Times are getting tougher and tougher which is making it harder and harder to live. Most people especially in Decatur are living paycheck to paycheck and alot don't even have a job. Ameren doesn't help the situation by raising their rates which in turn costs us more money that we don't have already. Illinois Power was much better than Ameren and I don't believe that they need another rate increase just to help pay their overpaid CEO.
    Katrina White
  • August 25, 2011

    At what point does the consumer give everything they earn to the utilities company.
    Ameren hits us for increases, clean ups, and it just keeps going up and they have the
    poorest service in recent years I have ever seen, Until they start investing back into the grid and making up grades Illinois should tell them no

    Thomas Bookwalter
  • August 25, 2011

    My wife and I are retired. Our income consists of Social Security and a small monthly payout from an annunity purchased by my former employer. Each year we endure increases in our health care costs, our food costs our energy costs etc. and as you well know there are no increases in our income. We're pretty well stretched to the limit now and any increase in our energy costs will just require us to make cuts elsewhere.
    John VanGiesen
  • August 25, 2011

    Ameren Corp. profit was $71M in the first quarter of 2011. In this economy, that should be plenty. Ameren should be ashamed to ask for more. Corporate greed is out of control.
    David Gordon
  • August 25, 2011

    I wish to express my objection on case 11-0279, 11-0282, Ameren Illinois rate increase proposal, on electric and gas services. I DO NOT see any justification in this proposal, it is totally out of line. I think the reasons they gave for the rate increase are outrageous, higher operating cost, (try going to the grocery store), increased tax payments, ( I want to see this in writing), borrowing expenses,( who can even borrow now, even for home mortgages) and last but not least, depreciation costs, (use your revenue from the summer bills this year, no storms, not an large amount of outages, just good old meter spinning from air conditioning to cover your standard upgrading the system reason). Customers are hurting now and believe me this is NOT what is needed now. I feel any increase should be denied, just like the no cost of living raise for the last 2 years for those on social security.
    Mary C. Lowary
  • August 25, 2011

    Everything in Illinois is raising, the Taxes, the cost of living and this just adds to the extra burden. No more raise rates as it is just going to hurt the economy even more. Further, Ameren raised rates have raised rates high in the last few years that it hurt many consumers. Which is going to cause more heat related deaths in the summer and people rather go cold in the winter. This is unacceptable that Ameren keeps on getting away with raising rates especially during a time when people can't pay for the bill they currently have. NO MORE RAISED RATES! LEARN HOW TO LIVE WITHIN YOUR RICH MEANS.
    Lety Murphy
  • August 25, 2011

    I am against the rate increase that Ameren keeps giving to the consumers. We have no choice with who we use Electric and Gas and it is not fair that they continue to increase our rates. I am a single mother who has a low income. I am not getting any big raises at my job, so with yet another rate increase at Ameren, I will not be able to afford to pay my bill. When is enough going to be enough. The state of Illinois is in a financial hardship as well as the people living in it. I think Ameren has absolutely no heart and does not care about there customers. If they did they would not propose yet another increase. I think as customers we should use very little electricity and gas. I know this is hard to do with a hot summer and cold winters, but make it so you keep your heat low and your air higher than normal, that way we do not use a lot. I think a boycott is needed towards Ameren because of there unethical and immoral business practices.
    Amy Brewer
  • August 25, 2011

    I have not received a raise in the last two years and cannot afford to pay for the raises of the Ameren executives.
    Kelly Cundiff
  • August 25, 2011

    I completely understand that in these times that companies are struggling to make money. I understand that, but I also understand that my electric bill is already out of control and increasing rates will only become a hard ship on families already struggling to pay bills. The recent heat wave deaths are going to go up as the rates increase.
    Jennifer Rappold
  • August 25, 2011

    I would only like to submit a concern about Ameren wishing to increase the rates for its customers. I am positive that Ameren is already making a huge profit, and therefore do not believe it is of any immediate purpose to raise the costs to consumers, many of whom are unemployed or on fixed incomes. I understand that Ameren is a private company and a company wants to make money for its stock holders, but not at the expense of its general consumers.I would ask that you reconsider and help consumers by not raising the rates and finding alternate ways to provide electricity that are most cost effective but will generate profits for your company but not at the expense of your consumers/customers. It is a needed utility as you well know and that doesn't give the company the right to place any rates it wishes upon its customers. Provide for the human good of mankind and live your company life for others as that is the whole purpose of mankind.....where is the compassion for one another?Thank you,Regards,
  • August 25, 2011

    As a senior I am opposed to the rate increase and to Senate bill 1652. It is impossible for me to be able to pay such a large increase. Please say no.
  • August 25, 2011

    cust is opposed to the ICC granting Ameren an increase. They should cut back on the wages of their over paid CEO's instead of increasing rates for the customers.
  • August 25, 2011

    the company got a raise a year or 2 ago and with the economy i don't feel they shouuld get another one so soon. I ogject to any increase.
  • August 25, 2011

    I object to any raise increase for Ameren
  • August 25, 2011

    I am on disability. The help I receive is to pay for my medication is evaporating. Prices for food and shelter continue to go up and I can’t afford it. Please vote no to the rate increase.
  • August 24, 2011

    In this economy I don't think the rates should be raised. I am on a fixed income and cannot pay more than what I am now. I am protesting this.;
  • August 10, 2011

    cust already paying high delivery/distribution charges and now trying to get another raise and he is very upset about this and hopes they take a long look before givng company another raise.
  • August 8, 2011

    I noticed something really strange concerning my electric meter this weekend and as far as I'm concerned I firmly believe that this utility has been ripping off consumers. As far as them needing a rate increase now is totally unjustified. I would tell you more but I honestly don't believe that ICC is on the side of the consumer. I know the real reason that my electric bill went from $120. a month average to over $200 + a month.
    Darrel Golay
  • June 7, 2011

    I protest any further rate increase for this utility company
  • June 3, 2011

    The fact that you WILL approved this regardless of input is a sad state of affairs. I hope all of you and your staff sleep well at night. May God have mercy on your wickedness! From Senior citizens of Illinois!
    Sherman Dowdy
  • May 16, 2011

    Everyday I thank God that I don't have to pay for utilities where I live because there is NO way I could afford what Ameren charges, and I fail to understand why that ridiculous rate increase went through the last time. I see people in this town struggling to pay their electric, gas, water bills and what Ameren charges is insane. How do you people sleep at night? How do you let Ameren charge what they do to begin with? A young family that lives nearby me has a tiny house and their electric bill alone is over 200.00 monthly and they both work all week, why do they charge so much??
    Linda Steuer
  • May 10, 2011

    Ameren Illinois has proposed rate hikes that are not justified. In their annual report, Ameren states that Illinois customers pay 10.05 cents per Kilowatt, while Missouri residents pay 6.76 cents per kilowat hour. So Illinois residents are paying 48.7 percent per kilowat than Missouri residents are, while commercial customers pay 9.53 cents per kilowat and commercial customers in Missouri pay 5.47 cents per kilowat, making our commercial customers pay 74.2 percent more than Missouri commercial customers. On top of that, they just gave the president of the company a 161 percent raise when his salary went from 1.8 MILLION to 4.7 MILLION DOLLARS. The vice-president went from making $784,000 to $1,591, 000 (an increase of 102%). Three executives below the president and vice-president received pay increases from 56 to 65%. This is wrong and the rate increase needs to be denied. Residents in the state of Illinois should not have to pay more money and fund the pay increases for the executives of the company in our current fiscal situation. Why are the profits made in the state of Illoinois? Is someone getting bought off at the ICC?
    WD SMITH
  • May 10, 2011

    I currently pay Ameren $400 / Year for Customer Charges. That is what it costs me whether I buy one cent worth of power or not.
    What kind of a crazy system causes me to pay so much for the pleasure of being a customer.
    The ICC needs to Lawyer up and better understand how Ameren has fooled you into allowing numerous fees and increases. They make 35% gross profit, yet only net 2%. That is not higher energy costs, that is lack of efficency.
    NO INCREASES FOR INEFFICIENT OPERATIONS!

    Barry McCLintock
  • May 10, 2011

    When is enough going to be enough with this company? Record profits on the back of consumers who already were hit with two increases in the last two years, plus a 66% Illinois income tax increase. Are you all trying to drive people to leave Illinois? This current increase request when approved (Come on it's a given in Illinois) will force me to move to Missouri who enjoys lower taxes and way lower rates from the very same Ameren company.
    Sherman Dowdy
  • May 4, 2011

    I am against the rate increase for Ameren
  • April 22, 2011

    Please stop giving in to AMEREN's price increases since all it does is give their big shots more money and causes shut down of churches, charities, small businesses and homes where folks can not keep up with the greedy demands put on them. T. R. Voss Chairman President and Chief Executive Officer Ameren AMEREN CORP (AEE)
    Headquarters: ST LOUIS, MO
    Electric Gas and Sanitary Services
    In 2010, T. R. Voss received $4,718,228 in total compensation. By comparison, the median worker made $33,190 in 2010. T. R. Voss made 142 times the median worker's pay.

    And Ameren is still no where near the service level of IL POWER CO. when AMEREN bought them out.

    Floyd Watson
  • April 19, 2011

    AmerenIP is my service provider. My bill dated 4-9-09 charged .62197868 per therm for Gas Supply. My bill dated 4-8-11 charged .61628453 per therm. I see natural gas trades for about 1/3 now verse 2009. I made several attempts to get an explanation from Ameren with no one able or willing to explain.
    The customer service supervisor had no knowledge if natural gas in general has been up or down, had no answer to my question, would not let me talk to a knwolegable person and would not get an answer for me. She kept referring me to ICC ILL.
    It seems to me that when natural gas prices rise, Ameren spends money on TV telling us that our bill is going up due to increased natural gas cost but in this instance cost have come down significantly and rates have moved little.
    One of Ameren's publication reports that they have an energy trading department fluent in hedging, derivatives, financial swaps and so on. This would lead me to believe that they should be able to lock in lower prices and the consumer should share in the lower prices.
    Do you have someone who can explain why my bill shows little decrease? I would really like to have some conversation with a knowledgable person. My phone is 217-446-2429.
    Your assistance would be much appreciated.
    Darrell Darding

    Darrell Darding
  • April 11, 2011

    I am against the proposed rate increase for Ameren. In this economy customers cannot afford another rate increase.
  • April 7, 2011

    Ameren Illinois should not be allowed to increase electric delivery service rates because of the following reasons:
    1) They have cut back on their meter reading service. Several months a year
    we have estimated bills for no other reason than they have not increased
    the number of meter readers as a given area population grows.

    2) Over a year ago Ameren installed a new electric meter that we were told
    would allow them to read our meter remotely. This we were told would alleviate
    the problem of too few meter readers and estimated bills. But the meters remote
    reading capability is still not activated and they can't say when they will be
    activated.

    Bills are still estimated poorly leaving us with huge bills about every three months.
    The new meters were one of the reasons Ameren gave for the last rate increase
    and they still don't have them operational. If you allow them to raise their rates
    again after there false promises you would not be doing your job.

    Thanks

    Kevin Gyore
  • April 7, 2011

    THIS IS WHAT AMEREN ISN'T TELLING ICC OR THE PUBLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I read Tony's Article about Ameren needing more MONEY...... That is complete Hog Wash!!!!
    If Ameren would Hire Qualified Contractors to work on their Power Plants; Ameren Duck Creek Station in Canton, Illinois for instance.... Cost MILLIONS for the first set of Contractors to do the work & more money to Hire other Contractors to Re-Do it......
    (Who foots the bill for this; AMEREN CUSTOMERS of course; compliments of THE ILLINOIS COMMERCE COMMISSION ; Ameren usually gets what they want) Ameren is good for blowing smoke up the ICC's butt......
    Another thing that Ameren waste our money on is Skids of NEW REFRIGERATORS, COFFEE MAKERS, & MICROWAVES; "DUCK CREEK (2006). Another thing they waste money on, is Expensive Rental Cars for their Ameren Big Shots to go out of In. (They could have used their own vehicles & receved a mileage check.) Check it out for yourself....

    THE SENIORS ARE HAVING A HARD ENOUGH TIME MAKING ENDS MEET ON THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS..... NO COST OF LIVING RAISE FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS & NO RAISE IN SIGHT; BUT AMEREN CRIES & THE ICC GIVES IT TO THEM.... Ameren Customers are in a No-Win situation when it comes to dealing with the ICC.

    Mr. & Mrs. Jack Welch
  • April 7, 2011

    As an elected official I feel obligated to address the request by Ameren Illinois a rate increase at this time of financial uncertainty for all customers. I have talked with several constituents that I represent who are served by Ameren Illinois and have received no support for this request. At this time Ameren Illinois continues to request increases in rates without any justification that can be brought to the table. As of this writing we, the people and customer base of Ameren Illinois feel that the multiple requests for increases in rates charged along with this most recent request to burden the customer with the responsibility of "bailing out" big business for bad business decisions are unjustified. It is recommended that Ameren Illinois and any other company go to the unions and look at what it is costing to do "business as usual" in todays unstable economy. Current union contracts need to be revisited with the guaranteed pay raises that have been negotiated reviewed and adjusted to the "real world" that we now live in. Guarantee of a 3% to 4% pay raise today is not acceptable with double digit unemployment. Families are having problems paying thier bills now therefore I have no idea why it would be a positive to add yet another charge to the bill potentially leading to more disconnects for nonpayment.

    Again, in the interest of the residents that I represent in the City of Taylorville I request that the executives of Ameren Illinois take a hard look at the salaries and bonuses provided not only to the union employee but also to the executives. On behalf of the citizens of the City of Taylorville as well as the citizens of the entire state of Illinois I strongly oppose this request. Until pay for all employees is addressed and adjusted for todays economic hard times I feel that no more customer or tax dollars should be earmarked to "bail out" big business.

    Thank you for your consideration on these comments when making your decision on this and any other requests for increases in rates or fees that will cause increased financial burden on the customers and taxpayers who reside in this, our state. The state of Illinios.

    Respectfully submitted.

    Martin Vota
  • April 7, 2011

    As an elected official I feel obligated to address the request by Ameren Illinois a rate increase at this time of financial uncertainty for all customers. I have talked with several constituents that I represent who are served by Ameren Illinois and have received no support for this request. At this time Ameren Illinois continues to request increases in rates without any justification that can be brought to the table. As of this writing we, the people and customer base of Ameren Illinois feel that the multiple requests for increases in rates charged along with this most recent request to burden the customer with the responsibility of "bailing out" big business for bad business decisions are unjustified. It is recommended that Ameren Illinois and any other company go to the unions and look at what it is costing to do "business as usual" in todays unstable economy. Current union contracts need to be revisited with the guaranteed pay raises that have been negotiated reviewed and adjusted to the "real world" that we now live in. Guarantee of a 3% to 4% pay raise today is not acceptable with double digit unemployment. Families are having problems paying thier bills now therefore I have no idea why it would be a positive to add yet another charge to the bill potentially leading to more disconnects for nonpayment.

    Again, in the interest of the residents that I represent in the City of Taylorville I request that the executives of Ameren Illinois take a hard look at the salaries and bonuses provided not only to the union employee but also to the executives. On behalf of the citizens of the City of Taylorville as well as the citizens of the entire state of Illinois I strongly oppose this request. Until pay for all employees is addressed and adjusted for todays economic hard times I feel that no more customer or tax dollars should be earmarked to "bail out" big business.

    Thank you for your consideration on these comments when making your decision on this and any other requests for increases in rates or fees that will cause increased financial burden on the customers and taxpayers who reside in this, our state. The state of Illinios.

    Respectfully submitted.

    Martin Vota
  • April 7, 2011

    Ameren is at it again.They ask for about double the money they want and you give money somewhere in between.Ameren doesn,t need an increase this time.They had a 60% in earnings when is enough is enough??Our people and state are broke.Tell Ameren no not now.If they need it i say YES YES.I haven,t had a pay increase in 10 yrs. and i,m sure there are alot of people in my boat.Corporations and utilities are driven by money and that is what is hurting our middleclass and the foundation of America.We need to stop the bleeding and this is one place to start.I say NO No....
    roger king
  • March 29, 2011

    As a life long Illinoian and retiree on a fixed income, I cannot afford the rate increase requested by Ameren. I am sure that none of the thousands of voters who are out of work cannot afford it either.
    Please do not approve their request

    Stan Radosevich
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