Case Number: 11-0282

  • January 18, 2012

    As the ICC just approved the last rate increase, I'm sure they will approve this one as the politicians in Illinois are paid by Ameren to do so, and the ICC does as told by elected officials. The members of the ICC should be ashamed of themselves, and I'm sure they are not christians as GOD would be ashamed of thier actions. 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

    Stop Ameren's greed. Do not support rate hike
    Laurel Sullivan
  • January 10, 2012

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

    I do not believe that the increase in natural gas rates as requested by Ameren IL is justified. Please turn down this unjustified rate hike. 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

    NO INCREASE. YOU NEED TO PROTECT THE IL -CONSUMER. WE ARE OWED A REFUND FROM AMEREN OVERALL NOT AND INCREASE. GAS PRICES ARE LOW AND STABLE. NO INCREASE.
    THOMAS O BOND

    THOMAS O BOND
  • January 10, 2012

    Please stop Ameren's attempt to avoid paying us the refund that we are owed
    Robert Campbell
  • January 10, 2012

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

    Why a rate increase? Why anything in terms of increasing the burden on those who can least afford it? What is it that the people who are suppose to serve the public interest don't get? I am a Vietnam vet and a Senior Citizen and all I see is take take take.
    Mustafa Bokhari
  • 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. Our thermostats have been turned down to the point that our children have to wear sweatshirts and cover up with blankets just to keep warm. It is ridiculous that a company this big is still wanting more money!
    Mindy Warren
  • 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 been seeking maximum increases for as long as I can remember. It recently was ordered to pay a judgement to its customers. We are due that judgement. Please do not allow them to circumvent this judgement. They bought off the politicians, and now want to roll back time, and negate this ruling, to maximize their profits. There service continues to be sub-par, it has not improved substantially despite many unfulfilled promises.
    Ronald C Wagner
  • January 10, 2012

    Please do not Ameren to increase any bills to the consumer until they refund the $40 million they owe the people SB 1652
    Carol Alwood
  • January 10, 2012

    Please reject this proposal for an general increase in natural gas rates. (tariffs filed February 18, 2011) as they want this increase to help pay for 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. Thank you.
    Guy Heller
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren should not be allowed yet again to have another increase. They should pay us our refund instead.
    Arthur D Morstatter
  • January 10, 2012

    Please do not allow an increase in rates and please ensure that Ameren pays out the 40 million dollars they owe us. My friends and I are on fixed below poverty incomes. Please help us out. Thank you.
    Barbara Davidson
  • January 10, 2012

    Ameren should have to give a refund as ruled by the administrative law judge not increase our rates to line their pockets again.
    Norma J Morstatter
  • 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 or be allowed to raise utility rates. I can't understand why the average consumer is relegated 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. The ICC hopefully will inject a little fairness into the equation by not allowing the rate increase and forcing the refund to take place. Thanks!
    Gary A Jacobs
  • January 10, 2012

    I am told that Ameren has requested a rate increase. If what I am told is true Ameren in all honesty owes its customers a $40million rebate. Please see to it that the cuistomers of Ameren are treated fairly and that they get the rebate if it is deserver.
    James W. Dix
  • January 10, 2012

    I wish to extend my comments I made on case #11-0279 to include this case also.Ameren does not deserve a rate hike of any sort before they pay back what is owed their customers.If they are in such dire straits,they shouldn't have been allowed to take over CILCO. Jim Grady
    James J.Grady
  • January 10, 2012

    I am opposed to Ameren raising rates in IL.
    Felicia Kinney
  • 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 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.
  • December 27, 2011

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

    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

    I am definitely opposed to increasing profits for Ameren Illinois. They are hugely profitable already and do not deserve a rate increase.
    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! Electric, gas, mortgage, house and car insurance, plan D, water all want increases. where am I and others like on a set income supposed to get the money to pay all these increases?

    And how is Ameren allowed to control gas and electric? I was taught monopolies are illegal in our country, isn't that why AT&T was broken up. And they cared about their consumers, can't say the same about all these others.

    MARGARET KONIE
  • 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

    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

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

    I think Ameren has been inhaling their "gas" for too long. Do not let them raise their rates again. We constantly year after year keep cutting back trying to find ways to get by. It's time they stop getting raises and profit off the consumers backs. Let them cut back-see if they know how.
    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 opposed to Ameren raising rates in IL

    Noel D Daly

    Noel DAly
  • November 29, 2011

    I am opposed to Ameren raising rates
    B. Eichaker

    Bridget Eichaker
  • November 29, 2011

    profits should be used to build plant..not consumer rates
    Edward Flowers
  • November 29, 2011

    I believe the request for rate increases is inappropriate. Illinois citizens should not have to pay for a monopoly's infrastructure improvements. They are a part of the business' expenses and should be paid for with company profits, not customer sacrifice.
    William L Horton
  • November 29, 2011

    I am opposed to the proposed rate increase in natural gas rates for Ameren Illinois. Any increase in rates in these difficult financial times will have a devastating effect on low income and senior houeholds. Currently low income individuals over 50 years old pay approximately 14 % of their annual household income for utilities. Any increase, even $50/year will place a hardship on these households who are currently struggling to meet their houehold expenses at the current utility rates.
    Mark E. Hartman
  • November 29, 2011

    I oppose the rate increase requested by Ameren Illinois for natural gas. Any rate increase in these financial times will be a hardship, particularly for seniors and low income households. Currently individuals over 50 years old in Illinois spend 14 % of their annual income on utilities. The additional $50/year rate hike would be devastating to these households who are struggling to make ends meet without an increase in utilities.
    Elizabeth Zurliene
  • November 29, 2011

    Commission, I implore you to have some compassion for the financial burden that is already in place with respect to these proposed utility rate hikes. You are the only hope of even a modicum of relief from these money-grubbing profiteers. HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Please deny this increase.
    Frederick Behrens
  • November 29, 2011

    Here they come again!!! Ameren is back asking the average Illinois natural gas user to pay an extra $54 per year for the piping of their natural gas. How in good conscience can they ask for such an increase less than a year after they received an ICC approved $44 million rate increase for gas and electricity? And how in good conscience could you, the ICC, ever allow such a request? Tell Ameren to tighten its belt, lower their shareholder dividend and use those dollars to fund the improvements they claim they need. How much of the $338 million in profit they made in the last two years went to shareholders and how much went to infrastructure improvements?
    Deny this request.

    Robert Marsden
  • November 29, 2011

    Please deny this rate hike. I want my voice heard and am grateful for the Citizens Utility Board and Atty. General Lisa Madigan's work on consumers' behalf.

    The 99% of people in this country have seen their paychecks shrink over the last five years. This is no time for Ameren to cry poor.

    Thank you,
    Karen Huelsman Klicki

    Karen Huelsman Klicki
  • November 29, 2011

    I'm not happy about the pending Ameren rate hike. If anything we need lower rates especially with all of the money Ameren made last year.
    Margaret O'Toole
  • November 29, 2011

    The news about natural gas states the gas is plentiful and lower in price than last year. Why is Ameren requesting a rate increase? They are an astonishing profitable company and in the last quarter made record profits. They do't need a rate increase!
    Don Clark
  • November 29, 2011

    My local school district is raising our taxes not because they need the money, but just because they are allowed to by law. I don't know how much more people can take. I work a minimum wage job and struggle on a daily basis. Gas prices are high, tolls are doubling. Everyone is looking for dollars that we simply do not have. I don't know how much more we can absorb, especially when we hear stories of mismanaged money and CEO's raking in the cash. Please find it in your hearts to decline this rate increase.
    Karen Garnett
  • 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 am protesting this rate hike. We pay too much as it is already and the peoples household budgets are already strained without paying any extra expenses!
    Jacie Cartwright
  • 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

    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.
  • 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

    Please do not agree to any more rate increases for Ameren.
    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

    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

    Please do whatever it takes to stop this increase in natural gas prices. It is so hard for us seniors that are on a limited budget to try to pay these rates. We can hardly afford groceries, but if this increased proposal goes through it will take away a lot from everyone, not just seniors.

    Thank you for your time.

    Mary Ann Stewart
  • November 17, 2011

    DO Not - I repeat DO Not raise these rates. This company is driven by out and out greed.
    Jean Kentgen
  • 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

    I oppose any increases in gas rates for Ameren, In a time that has a significant number of families in poverty, additional people without jobs and increase number of seniors on fixed incomes living in what is becoming to be called the "Great Recession", any increase in costs for basic necessities provided by service companies is unreasonable. Before they ask for more money, have their executives reduce their salaries to what their basic employees who are really providing the service are living on!
    John Fiore
  • November 17, 2011

    Ameren charged me $21.62 to deliver $8.87 of natural gas. I can't wait to see my bills this winter! Senior citizens cannot afford higher electric and gas bills! Social Security recepients are getting a 3.6% COLA raise next year, first in 2 years. No comparison to what Ameren is requesting, besides our Medicare costs will increase which will come out of our pockets. And Ameren wants the public to pay for "fleet upgrades" when they made a profit of $208 million last year. Please deny their request.
    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

    Please do not allow Ameren to increase their rates. My mother lives on a fixed income and she is not making ends meet. Where is this money suppose to come from if she needs my help now for food?
    Karen Mcclaskey
  • November 17, 2011

    Ameren should reinvest profits to maintain the present natural gas rates. Profits have been made by the current company management of funds with dollars, in part, from the customers. It may be a good time and good faith to assist with the cost burden of their customers in this economy and reinvest some of the profits.
    b. factor
  • 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 the natural gas rates!
    Ken & Virginia Arno
  • November 17, 2011

    ABSOLUTELY NO UTIILITY INCREASES! NO! NO! NO!
    James P. Joy
  • 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'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 docket # 11-0282
  • 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 15, 2011

    I am against the rate increase.
  • 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 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.

    It's time to get the MBAs & accountants out of "leadership" positions in companies, be they utilities or other. It's time to get far-thinking, responsible, truly creative people invested in society to take the helm & manage resources.

    Kathleen Stevens
  • November 14, 2011

    The rates at Ameren are high enough that just posted a $208 million profit and
    don't deserve another price hike that would cause hardwhip for those on fixed
    income, out of work and on disability. They are the ones who most need to watch
    every penny!

    mary tosi
  • November 14, 2011

    My monthly income is $1500...Ameren posted a profit of 208 million in 2010.......DENY THIS RATE INCREASE................
    phill guarin
  • November 14, 2011

    The rate hikes Ameren Illinois is asking for are out of line. The company should take the money for upgrades and expansion from their profit like other companies are forced to do. The utility acts as as if their consumers, who basically have no choice because Ameren is a monopoly, have unlimited funds to give them. Enough already. Say no to their rate hike request.
    David J. Arnold
  • November 14, 2011

    if this tariff passes, for southern part of state, it will st precedent and other utilities will follow. I am against Ameren getting any rate increase authorized as it will crreate a hardship for those with lessor means in the southern part of the state.
    Mary Schuman
  • November 14, 2011

    I think this latest raise is unfair, especially given the state of the economy.
    Keith W. Miller
  • November 14, 2011

    You must say NO to the utility company request for an increase. After making millions in pure profit they have the gall to want consumers to pay more and more. Live in the other guys shoes. I for one and I'm sure many others are cutting back on BASIC needs, such as medicine, a.c. In the hot summer months and heat in the cold winter months as well as new clothes, shoes and other basics. Let them invest some of their millions in profits to piping of natural gas. I'm 100% sure they will still be able to make a hefty profit. No one is against a company making profits but enough is enough. In case you still don't know how I feel, SAY NO to any increase . PLEASE!
    Judy gilbert
  • November 14, 2011

    We cannot afford another increase, seems like Ameren just received an increase. Now that we have energy saving appliances, wouldn't you know it, they think they need to charge us more every year. Might as well go back to the good old coal burning furnace!
    Patricia Noltkamper
  • November 14, 2011

    Please deny the proposed rate hike increase for electricity and natural gas. People in Illlinois cannot sustain all the increases in utilities and taxed and health insurance.
    Cindy Coombes
  • November 14, 2011

    Don't approve the rate hike. Ameren's profits nearly doubled from 130 miilion in 2009 to 208 million in 2010.
    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

    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 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 read the AARP magazine, and I am against the rate hike proposed by Ameren, senior citizens cannot afford this increase. 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.
  • October 25, 2011

    Ameren has raised rates for many years in a row on natural gas. When will you stop the from robbing our pocket books? If anything we should get a rate reduction. Stop their rate increases.
    Mr. and Mrs. John Guccione
  • October 20, 2011

    This is an outrage and a crime.

    There is no way that Ameren and ComEd can justified asking for hikes when they have already made $3 billion in profits and people are are struggling to pay the existing rates.

    This is proof that Ameren and Comed don't care about the public and are nothing more than criminal profiteers.

    Lonnie Radcliffe
  • October 5, 2011

    Never in my lifetime had I ever thought my gas/electric bill would equal my house payment! When we had our first real big scare with gas a few years ago, I received a $500, $400, $450 bill when my regular bills were usually around $200. Since the governer stopped that, my bills came down, naturally, but not to a decent amount. I was told that you could figure about $1/day to heat/cool your home. Now it is around $10/day. And that is just in the last 10 years.

    It seems when something goes up $1 and comes down $.50 we become excited because it came down. Perhaps this is a ploy that people didn't see at first, but people are more aware now.

    The CEO's are gettin tremendous raises and bonus's while people must make decisions whether to buy food or pay their bill.

    We have all been asked to budget ourselves because of the economy situation and I believe that shoud also occur at the business level also. When you are making those kinds of salaries it should not be as hurtful to their standard of living as the poor, some of which are there to no fault of their own. I do not mean the welfare recipients who are selling their food stamps for drugs or collecting money illegally, but those who are really poor and need help bad.

    Please reconsider a raise and possibly consider a decrease, which would certinly be a first, and would show the world that we are willing to work together to get us 'put back together'.

    Thank you,

    Peggy Drden

    Peggy Dryden
  • September 7, 2011

    Please vote no on rate hike.
    Patrick H. Lannan
  • September 7, 2011

    PLEASE SAY NO TO ANY RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN. PEOPLE IN
    ILLINOIS HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THEIR CONTINUIS RATE INCREASES.
    SO JUST SAY NO ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!

    WILLIAM MCGOWAN
  • 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 think with the United States having one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world,we the people should have one of the least expensives prices. I am a senior and our President has not given me a raise since 2008, and the power companies since then have had many. It is getting to where the seniors are able to afford it anymore.You make MILLIONS in profit and every time a stom hits you want the people to pay for it, that should for GAS as well as ELECTRIC come from your profits not people. All your wages keep going up as the LARGE BONUS'S. There comes a time when enough is enough. These power companys are becoming unaffordable.
    Stephen Lee Dennee
  • September 1, 2011

    Being a senior citizen and on Social Security I very much oppose a rate hike for Ameren. They just had a rate hike not that long ago.
    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

    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

    We can not afford another increase in our utilities electric or gas. Our family of three are on a medical hardship with Ameren. I did not mention that I have been disabled for 8 years its a physical disablitity and I am home alot,husband is on a breathing machine and has on going health issues. 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!!!Discrimnation! of 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 Monday8-29-11.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 disabilities. 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,GROCERY'S , 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 people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA the people of this great country.Who 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!!!
    tammy hoffman
  • August 31, 2011

    Please do not allow American to continue it's greedy rate increases. Ameren only had a 60% increase in profit last year. Any company that has a profit increase of this magnitude does not need another $90 million to put in their money chest. In fact, Ameren should be made to make refunds to it's customers because of their excess profit.
    Lloyd & Wilma Richardson
  • 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

    What do they do with their money? They just got a raise last year. Why do they need another raise? I have not had a raise in several years. My bill has been going up I'm thinking like where...well you know.....am I going to have to cut somewhere? Where?
  • 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

    Ameren should not be allowed to raise our rates on gas or electric again. This is outrageous. The people of Illinois as well as all Americans are being hung out to dry on rate increases of the things we need to live. The are constantly asking for rate increases. It is unreasonable and not needed other than to pad the pockets of CEO's and stockholders!
    Karen Carter
  • August 30, 2011

    No general increase 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

    Families are not able to make it now. They are losing their homes, not able to survive from payday to payday. Seniors are already having to cut back on their medications and food just to survive. They keep the temperature in their homes cold in the winter and hot in the summer. All because they cannot afford the rates now. Ameren is making money, they do not need the increase right now in order to survive. But a lot of families cannot afford any increase, my family included. It is shocking in the winter to have bills that are almost as high as my house payment. It is only my wife & I and our home is cold during the winter months. We have new double pane windows, good insulation, and we put the clear plastic covering on the windows plus thermo curtains. Our home is under 1500 sq ft, so the charges are extreme already. The Illinois Commerce Commission needs to look at the economy, the state cannot help it's people with their power bills. The states broke, it's people are broke and the last thing we need is any increase.
    Roy Travis
  • August 30, 2011

    Recession I am against any more increase in our gas 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

    Stop the rate hikes and make some rate cuts. Ameren has shown that they care nothing about there customers by making huge profits at the cost of people that are stuggling more than ever before. If these huge profits are allowed to continue there will be many people doing without heat in the winter or makeing a choice to stay warm, eat, or buy thier medications.
    Anna F Bernhard
  • August 30, 2011

    A rate increase by Ameren after making huge profits at the cost of the consumers while we struggle in this horrible economy should be stopped and rates cut.
    George L Bernhard
  • August 30, 2011

    A rate increase of that magnitude is totally unreasonable in today's economy. The vanishing middle class and the poor can't hold onto their homes let alone afford an 11% increase for a service that is mandatory to survive. The utility companies have residents over a barrel since options are minimal. Unless the administrators have had their heads stuck in the ground, they should be aware that many of their customers are doing without just to survive. Their customers have lost their jobs or had to accept positions for less pay just to remain employed and attempt to have a home and food on their tables.

    We are not receiving an 11% increase in our sources of income to support such an increase in a utility that is vital to existence in this area. To expect to implement such an increase at this time is unrealistic and indicates that Ameren is out of touch with its customers and the world situation as many of us are making do with less simply to keep our heads at water level and that is not above water. That amount is too great!

    ANNIE ADAMS
  • August 30, 2011

    Rates are high enough, every year it seems they are wanting to raise them...
    Lisa
  • August 30, 2011

    Do not pass #110282. As a senior citizen on a fixed income, an increase may make me
    choose between food & my prescriptions. That's if I don't freeze to death this winter, if I have to shut off my heat if I can't afford the Ameren heat & electric bill.

    Richard L. Harrison
  • August 30, 2011

    Please...PLEASE....I am a widowed mother trying my best here to keep afloat ....I CANNOT afford to pay higher utilities ...I just paid $510.00 on school tuition and $120.00 for sports and another $ 40.00 for his football camp ( it was NOT required but Strongly recommended by the coaches ....otherwise if your child did not attend football camp he would be placed on second string !!!! ) I make $100.00 over the limit to collect welfare , and that is with Any time of assistance ( food stamps , medical card, lunch programs ect...) How am I possibly going to be able to afford a hike rate ??? What take my child out of sports ???? I am afraid if we can no longer give / afford to allow our children to have sports ....what is to become of them ??? As my situation is we already are car pooling , because there are a few of us parents in this predicament... PLEASE I AM BEGGING ...What the company is basing these tax hikes on an guestimation , an estimate , that is totally absurb for the CEO's to assume this is going to happen and we the tax payers are responsible , I was driving down HWY 111 on ( or around ) AUG. 18th and there was 2 ameren trucks with 3-men standing on the ground ...laughing ( at what I do not know and 1-man up the utility pole ....how much of that money was mine...paying that salary...this is rediculous ..that Ameren wants a rate hike !!!! I REALLY AND TRUELY CANNOT AFFORD THIS !!!!
    LINDA SCOTT
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren just recently had a huge increase. They had large profits and keep demanding more and more. This is outrageous, especially when the economy and unemployment is so bad Ameren does not need or deserve an increase. The public is tired of their high rates and overreaching. Say no to Ameren. In fact, I agree with CUB and their supporters that Ameren should be ordered to repay their customers for their overcharges.
    David A. Dvorak
  • August 30, 2011

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

    I do not feel that a rate hike increase is warranted at this time. I do not agree with how the proceeds from those hikes are used--they do not directly help the consumer who end up paying for capital improvements and those improvements should be made through earned profits
    dorothy donay
  • August 30, 2011

    ANOTHER RATE HIKE AFTER A 60% + - PROFIT LAST YEAR?

    THIS IS B.S.

    V. DAVID BLOCK
  • August 30, 2011

    Concerning 11-0282, it is wrong to allow Ameren to continue to raise rates time and time again when the public has no other option. So, unless Ameren can prove that they are about to go under without this price hike, vote no!
    Stacy Miller
  • August 30, 2011

    As an Illinois resident, I strongly urge Ameren Illinois to NOT seek an increase in rates. I feel that the company has more than adequate funds to maintain their financial structure.
    Hazel A. Pate
  • August 30, 2011

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

    How much glut can one company impose upon the citizens of Illinois. As regulators, it is your job to see through the lies they submit and to reject increase requests that do not contain true statements about earnings, profits and costs. Please reject or significantly reduce by 50% or more this request. The citizens of this state deserve this level of regulation from the ICC.
    Ann and Mel Barnum
  • August 30, 2011

    Greed is the only reason for another rate-hike on gas services. I for one am getting disgusted with service/product price hikes that benefit a few and cause an even bigger hole in our (the little guys) budget. I limit the amount of cooking I do with my gas stove, cooking on an outdoor grill when possible, but some of our appliances are gas and need a certain amount to work. 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

    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 11-0282. No increase
    Jim Cox
  • August 30, 2011

    how can they keep doing this?? we need to see the details on where this will be used it seems the stock continues to do OK even in this environment
    mike hentrich
  • August 30, 2011

    i have service interruptions on average 2 times a month i have replaced my refrigerator and air conditioner due to power surges and low voltage situations. please do not let them do this.... I'm drowning down here!!
    mike hentrich
  • August 30, 2011

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

    I am asking you to not allow Ameren to raise their rates. According to Jackie Voiles with Ameren Regulatory Affairs she says Our investors require a profit just like any other business and I know it can be difficult for our customers and that's one reason we have energy savings tips we give our customers. We understand that businesses need to make a profit but all information says that Ameren is making millions of dollars in profit.
    My husband and I are on a fixed income and can not afford to spend more on Electricity. My mother is also on a very limited income and also can't afford to pay more. Her medicare is not covering some of her perscription drug cost and can't afford more expenses. We live in an area in Illinois that is full of unemployment and no jobs being brought into our area. I also know couples who are considering not buying a house where Ameren supplies the electricity because of the rates. Young couples can not afford the rate increase. With the economy as it is I again am asking you to not allow Ameren to raise their rates. Please show that you care about the people of Ill.

    Janet Norris
  • August 30, 2011

    I strongly oppose any increase to natural gas rates.
    Shrylene Langston
  • August 30, 2011

    Raising prices on the American people for something that is a necessity for living is starting to make me think that us poor people may never see a day we can have more than shelter,food,water,gas and power.My worry now is starting to be whether even that is gonna be affordable.Clothing is something that is not even considered because of such high cost of living.What are the electric companies employees and families doing without plastic surgery,botox,vehicles to drive,college tuition not getting paid for their children?From where I stand and live none of that is possible;just surviving each day month to month.Rent,power that's it!!!No hopes of things getting better.
    Victoria
  • August 30, 2011

    ameren doesn't deserve a gas increase either. ameren makes millions every year in both electric and gas. if their stockholders don't like it maybe should cash in and buy oil stock. your average and below average person in illinois is hurting as it is and winter is just around the corner. the icc should be a watch dog not a LAP dog. the people of illinois are going to revolt if things get much worse.
    gerald simpkins
  • August 30, 2011

    This is to protest 11-0282 Ameren request to increase natural gas rates. Several months ago, I filed a general complaint that Ameren bills a fixed gas of about $16 a month for gas even when no gas is used. In my opinion, there is no or minimal need for a fixed charge for line maintenance. There is very little direct work done in my neighborhood to maintain existing lines. These charges are unfair and represent pure profit to the utility. I could understand a fixed charge IF I used gas. But I use gas only for heat and therfore use no gas during warm weather. In mild months, the fixed charge is 25% of my gas/electric bill. How about suspending the fixed charge when no gas is consumed? I do not think Ameren should get a rate increase until the fixed charge is removed or reduced. By the way, just because it is legal for Ameren to do it, does not make it right.
    Al Payne
  • August 30, 2011

    please put a stop to this rate hike by ameren every govern agency is takeing our money so lets put a stop to this one
    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

    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

    They say they give energy tips, what does that do? nothing, with this heat, you need the AC running, in the winter, you need your furnace going for heat. These people have no problem raising the rates when they feel like it, well, what about people like me? I am disabled, on a fixed income, I make 709 a month on SS, luckily, I own my home free and clear or I would be on the street. My power bills is right at 380.00 a month, sometimes 350.00 but after that is paid, you have water bills, insurance, gas for your car, meds, food and so on, over half my check goes to my power bill. I htink it is crazy on what they get away with as far as rate increases. When I call and mention that, I get a rude comment back to me saying "well, your always free to find a cheaper carrier and we would be happy to change to that rate", well what would it cost me to go that route, Ameren would probably charge a small fortune for having to change things. If I can find a cheaper rate, why cant Ameren? they are the highest power company around, I have live in 5 states and this is the highest I have ever paid for power, I think they are gouging in a big way. I wish someone would go in and regulate things and figure out why we get charged so much. Ameren is a rip off and nothing we can do about it.
    Roger Lundell
  • August 30, 2011

    I am pleading with the ICC NOT to allow yet another rate increase. Ameren is taking advantage of the people. We are no longer customers whom they serve, we are pawns in a corporate game that is crippling the state. Given the current economic enviromnent and the fact that they continue to get rate increases, it is clearly time to say NO.
    Patricia 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

    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 (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

    My gas bill is already higher than I can really afford during the winter months. My family has "economized" to the point we only purchase the bare neccesities and I don't know what we're going to do if the rates go any higher.
    Karen Henning
  • August 30, 2011

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

    fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed. The case number for Ameren's electric rate-hike proposal is 11-0279.
    Gonzalo Perez
  • August 30, 2011

    Am fed up with rates and utility companies greed. Ameren's natural gas bill 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

    Why in the world do you think you need to raise delivery charges again. They are already to high.You are making money already. If you say you need it,I say lay off workers. Most of them don't do their job any way. You take to long fixing a problem when we call.Do not put any more worries on us Seniors. Most of us barely get by.
    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 it. Thank you for listening.

    Walter Tompkins

    Walter M. Tompkins
  • 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

    The increase that Ameren is requesting should be denied. They have been allowed to create a monopoly in the State of Illinois and no one has done anything to stop it. Ameren customers have been held hostage by the greed of this company. Our power bills have almost tripled since Ameren acquired the smaller power company that originally supplied our gas and electric. At one time there was to be a choice of power companies that customers could choice from. I have never been notified of a listing for such, however, I see that you have a list of AGS. Here again it all depends on if there is an AGS that services your area and you will still have to pay Ameren for what ever they can get for their delivery charges.
    At every opportunity Ameren requests a raise for something. How can a company that can go around and purchase a lot of smaller power companies and raise all of their customers' rates for years and yet show that they don't make any profits? They have made record profits and the heads of the company have had tremendous raises in salary. They are also proud sponsors of parades, pubic events, and programs on PBS. Don't you think that their customers deserve a break more than them sponsoring parades etc. Yet, between the salary raises for the people at the head of the company and the magic of creative bookkeeping they have a low net profit and they need an rate increase to cover their costs. Maybe someone should audit their bookkeeping before any more increases are approved.
    Ameren should be held responsible to spend the profits made by them to cover all of their own maintence of supply lines and equipment before they give out enormous raises to select individuals and the self promotion as a generous company. Why should the customers have to pay over and over again to accomplish this? Why should there be an increase in delivery charges? What has changed in the structure of their delivery system that could support this request or is it just because they can?
    Could it also be possible that if a customer does locate another AGS that is more reasonable than Amerens' constant wanting of more money it really doesn't matter because Ameren would still be paid for delivery charges by the customers.
    Please reconsider allowing Ameren to receive the rate increases they requested. Please compare how every individual is affected and how that compares to Amerens' bottom line. Let them step up and handle their business just as if they were any other company.
    Thank you.

    Sue Poleet
  • 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.

    Carmelita A. 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

    I OPPOSE the increase in Ameren's proposed Natural Gas Rates. They just can't keep increasing rates, we senior people don't get increases in our Social Security so it makes it hard to pay for the increases. Thanks for listening.
    Paul Ninmer
  • 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

    Given the large supply of natural gas I don't believe the utility company should be allowed to raise the rates
    Cecil Morrison
  • August 30, 2011

    Unless Ameren can show cause for higher natural gas rates, I do not think such rates should be granted for some nebulous "future need." Thank you.
    Patricia Schmit
  • August 30, 2011

    My husband & I are retired & live on a small pension & Social Security. We paid off the house we currently live in before retiring because having a house payment while retired wasn't a financial option. Thanks to Ameren Illinois never ending rate hike, Our Winter power bills are higher than any house payment we ever had. It has taken the place of a house pament & then some & it looks like there is no end in sight for the increases. This is a huge financial burden in Winter for us, many like us & many more still working & trying to raise a family. When a power bill is higher than a house payment, things are getting ridiculous.
    Illinois Power had affordable bills, rarely asked for rate hikes & provided good service. How is it that Ameren Illinois isn't able to do the same since they took over ? We long for the days when we had Illinois Power. Ameren Illinois has become a nightmare with no end in sight for rate hikes. They want electric rates raised every summer when we need our air conditions & gas hikes every winter when we need our furnaces.
    Our Son lives in Chatham, Il. His home is twice the square footage of ours, yet his winter power bills are half what ours our ? He gets his electricity from the city of Springfield & Gas from Ameren Illinois. Somthing is wrong when a person with a house twice as big as yours has half the power bill.
    This has to stop at some point before Ameren's power bills put people out of their homes, not because they can't afford their mortgage payment or property taxes, but can't afford those with Ameren Illinois bills on top of it.
    I think Greed is involved here with no concern for the reality of what their incesent rate hikes are doing to peoples lives. Ameren has become a nightmare. They don't need more money. We do to pay for their bills. Please put a stop tp this insanity.
    Joyce Stewart

    Joyce Stewart
  • August 30, 2011

    stop the increase. now! Enough is enough! Greed has no place.
    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 very much 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

    No Way should Ameren get a rate increase. We working folks are haveing a hard time now with this economy. WE DO NOT GET RAISES TO HELP US. They are making a huge prfit now.
    pat peters
  • August 30, 2011

    I'm retired, on a fixed income and an increase would mean a hardship on me.
    Michael Stever
  • 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 CHARGES ALL THEY WANT IS TO COUNTER ANY SAVINGS FROM DEREGULATION ,FOR THE BENEFIT OF THERE STOCK HOLDERS

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    FRANCIS RICE
  • 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

    Ameren must NOT be allowed to follow through on this hike in prices! My power bill now is more than my house payment - and we are very active about turning off lights and saving energy! This is just ridiculous. Where do they think we can get the money to support their extravagant lifestyles? My husband is retired and I am a church employee, so you know that we are not rolling in dough! No wonder more and more people are leaving Illinois. We would also if we could sell our large older home, but nowadays, no one wants large homes because of the expenses - and so it goes - a vicious circle! NO - they must instead be forced to lower the rates and give the honest, hard-working people a break. There will come a day when there are no more middle class people to steal from, just the very rich who are too smart to be taken advantage of (and are not living in Illinois), or the very poor on welfare - then where will your money come from???? Huh, Ameren? Where? You should be much kinder to those you depend on for YOUR living!
    Kathleen Keneipp
  • August 30, 2011

    While I cannot be a the August 30th meeting to discuss the increases proposed by Ameren Illinois, I wanted to express my feelings against the proposal. In this economy it is difficult enough to pay bills. I am against any increase on the delivery of natural gas in Illinois by power companies that are very profitable while most of us are struggling.
    Carol Gardner
  • August 30, 2011

    There is so many things wrong with this I don't know where to start. Middle and lower income families are the people that you are hurting the most. You are only helping make the U.S.A. a poorer place to live. We can't afford the food we eat or the gas we put in the car now you want us to freeze and go with out lights too.
    Soon everyone will be on welfare and then what will the government be able to do to help or will the rich companies help the poor?

    Barb Volker
  • August 30, 2011

    We cannot afford this next round of rate increases of Ameren's!! American's are being taxed to death and stretched beyond our means and then you want to take more of our money away from us! This is wrong!

    Enough of the rate increases!

    NO to the rate increases!!!

    Robert Weimer
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois Company already makes enough money
    off many poor and others (myself included).
    I say vote Against this rate increase.
    Thank you !

    Kenneth Hirsig
  • August 30, 2011

    Please listen to the people of Illinois. We are fed up with the rate hike proposal.
    Marce Corbett
  • August 30, 2011

    I say no way to this
    Jack D Mariage
  • August 30, 2011

    My salary cannot keep up with the raising cost of living. Every dollar counts for me. Why should I or anyone else for that fact, have to give more money to a company already making millions off of us. Give us a break. We're doing the best we can now! It's always us little people that pay the price...more ways than one!
    Connie Haney
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren must do what I must do on a FIXED INCOME........live with it!!!
    arza mumma
  • 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 natural gas 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

    At this time my position is against any rate increase for Ameren Illinois. How So?
    My position is Ameren tree trimming is equal to the pre-2006 ice storm, as of this date in 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

    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

    please stop rate increases for ameren, any rate increase is unreasonable in these economic times
    janet Beecher
  • 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

    I believe that a company that is showing a profit doesn't need
    a raise. We are retired and have to live on a budget, that is starting to grow very thin, because of all the rising cost we have
    but we can't ask for a raise, so you need to have better a
    management system to manage your budget.

    ROBERT L. CANEVIT
  • August 30, 2011

    I am a single retired lady and my mother is elderly and single and retired also.
    We live in separate homes, with both are living on under $800 and if these increases
    happen -- I don't know what we will do. We have utilities, food, doctor bills, out of pocket expenses. We do without to pay Peter. Enough is Enough.

    Thank

    Yolanda Marucco
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren feels no sympathy for the public. They just have their hands out grabbing money.
    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

    We can't afford to let them keep increasing costs of electricity and gas!
    Donna Hanneaken
  • August 30, 2011

    Another rate hike? It never fails when things are bad Ameren wants more money. Your company posted profits of over 200 million dollars. When is it going to be enough? The greed that Ameren as well as other companies display is appalling. Why don't you have more compassion for the communities that you serve? Just realize that now is not the time!
    Alicia
  • August 30, 2011

    I am saying NO to Ameren's proposed general incease in natural gas rates..
    Leonard Sutherlin
  • 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

    I don't know how much higher electric rates can be sustained in an already strained
    job market and economy. Record unemployment rates and many families struggling to make ends meet and Ameren wants to raise rates. Well I say do more with less. Lay off individuals, reduce fleet vehicles, cut the middle management and make complany vehicles be housed and not driven out to peoples homes when they live 45 minutes away from a worksite and drive a company bucket truck to there home every night. Like my neighbor. Want pics I would be glad to post them!!!! I am fed up with this crying wolf game Ameren!

    MORE WITH LESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chris Manion
  • 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 fed up with skyrocketing utility rates and corporate greed at the expense of the taxpayers.
    Brian Bucher
  • August 30, 2011

    As I stated Ameren does not need a rate increase for anything. As folks are all struggling. Give it a rest.
    Linda Dyer
  • August 30, 2011

    when ameren took over cilco our service in the rural villages has been very poor compared to what we had when cilco gave us service. they say there are a lot more computers and tvs and a lot more electrical devises. they should complain the more electricity hey sell the more they make . there problem is they want to make more and give less. shame on our officials if they award them more money.or better yet maybe well have to change officials if they do.
    jerald karrick
  • August 30, 2011

    NO INCREASE!!! It is time to say no to further increases for this company.
    Carol Saxton
  • August 30, 2011

    NO WAY to the gas hike .....again we are paying so much and
    paying for those who can't pay themselves!!
    We Don't Want It!!!!!

    Colleen Hagenbruch
  • August 30, 2011

    ameren does not need or deserve a rate hike we pay way to much now thay want to save money have the bosses take a pay cut
    GREG PLYMIRE SR.
  • August 30, 2011

    How can people living in Illinois continue living here if the Illinois government keeps raising our taxes and allows companies like Ameren to continue to raise gas and electric rates which are already higher than any of our surrounding states. What cost of doing business has increased for Ameren that they can justify any increase, labor hasn't gotten any raise gas and diesel aren't any higher than they were 6 months ago. They haven't put any money into new or better delivery services. So why do we as consumers have to foot another increase just so they can return more money to their management or investors. It's time for the people of this state and this country to say no and that's what I'm saying.
    Ron Jump
  • August 30, 2011

    Ameren Illinois does not need another increase in natural gas rates. It is not fair to keep giving this company increases while people are struggling to pay their bills. I know this because I am one who is struggling every month to pay my bill. If this continues, I will not be able to pay this any longer.
    Dorothy
  • August 30, 2011

    NO MORE INCREASES FOR UTILITIES WE SIMPLY CANT AFFORD THEM
    SHARON NEAL
  • August 30, 2011

    Again, I have the same problem. I am opposed to any rate increases from Ameron. I am paying more than I can afford now!
    James Young
  • August 30, 2011

    regarding case 11-0592 ameren illinois rate request, please tell them NO!
    MARY BLUE
  • August 30, 2011

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

    Stop the rate increase for natural gas
    Patty Smith
  • August 30, 2011

    I don't think that Ameren Illinois desevers a rate increase for Natual Gas.
    William J. Ferris
  • August 30, 2011

    Senior Citizens can not afford this increase
    Janet Albert
  • 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

    I am a senior citizen on a fixed income. With all the recent discoveries of natural gas supplies in the United States, natural gas supply cost is NOT INCREASING. Again this company is asking for a rate increase to increase their profit only. Please say NO to this RATE INCREASE. The general public cannot afford it in today's economy.
    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

    Dear Sirs:
    As a retired homeowner, i feel that any increase in the rate would put undue stress on my family. As with all of us who try and live within our means, it would not be fair to us for a company to do otherwise. Please consider any rate increase at the this time. With the enconomy at its lowest level in years it would put an undue burden on every household. A company must and should do business but within its own means. There are ways to limit spending and still make a profit. A homeowner does this every month.
    Thank you

    Ronald R. Price
  • August 30, 2011

    I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN. THEY'RE GETTING GREEDY NOW.
  • 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 don't think they need a rate hike. I think they should take the money we pay now and repair what ever is needed. they are just being greedy. we pay enought already.
  • 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 ask the ICC to deny Ameren rate increase request. Ameren is asking for a large profit margin while many consumers are not even drawing a pay check.
  • 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 know that the company makes a profit each month. this is a bad economy with lots of people just getting by. why the greed they are making money hand over fist why do they keep coming back for more. I don't understand how they can get a rate hike that will hurt customers. there has to be a limit when is enough enough.
  • 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

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

    The rate hike they are asking is not fair instead of a rate increase the consumers should get a 2 billion dollar rate cut.
  • August 26, 2011

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

    I have a small business with things like they are I struggle to pay bills and tax but if this rate increase is allowed I will have to close. I can not pay that much more.
  • August 26, 2011

    Please say no to the rate increase that Ameren is requesting. We are seniors and can not afford any more rate hikes on anything.
    Joyce Banovzq
  • August 26, 2011

    I oppose the Ameren rate hike.
  • 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?? These repetitive requests for increases in rates make me think that perhaps Ameren Management needs to be replaced to those who are better equipted to handle a company of this size?? 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). Where has this money been used?? or has it been squandered??

    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??

    Ameren has made this same request several times, and then recinded it. Was it because the ICC recieved too many objections?? Or has it been an effort to tire the consumer base with/by repetitive requests??

    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

    You can not grant Ameren another general increase in natural gas 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

    UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD AMEREN BE ALLOWED A RATE INCREASE-

    Elder consumers are overly burdened with everyday costs
    Ameren has not improved any services they provide

    While I understand Ameren's costs have increased-so have those of the entire population they serve.

    Cynthia Faulk
  • August 25, 2011

    It Is amazing how an organization with all of the profit It made last year in this tough economy has the right to get an increase.

    5 Years ago they rebated money to us, 3 months hiked the rates up ,and yet hiked the rates up again. For a state where people are not even making It on 2 or 3 incomes, why should they get an increase, and since they have power outages, at least in my area on a regular basis with trouble response time, I say they give some back.

    But I'm sure that they will get what they asked for, and It is a shame, people are running out of this state in the loads, and Ameren is one of the reasons.

    Gary Howard
  • August 25, 2011

    As I have already commented about the electricity delivery rates in another e-mail, I will try to keep this comment much shorter. Thanks for listening to me. Ameren's delivery charges for natural gas are high enough. It consumed almost 80% of my last natural gas bill. I realize that Ameren needs to charge so much for delivering natural gas whether a person used the gas or not. But, I feel that this charge should not be allowed to increase as consumers cannot afford it right now; especially the poor and those on fixed incomes. Personally, I feel that delivery charges should be charged on a sliding scale where those who try to keep the thermostat low (to save money and gas) be allowed a break on delivery charges due to their financial circumstances or their environmental concerns. Please don't give into their constant nagging for more money. Thanks again, signed Earl Toland
    Earl Toland
  • August 25, 2011

    We want to let you know that we are having a hard time paying our gas bill now. If you raise the bills for these we will really have a harder time to pay them. I am sure that we are not the only ones who are having a hard time paying. What about the poor who can't pay or the elderly who can't pay? They will be turning to the state programs or city programs to help them pay for their bills. The rates that you charge now is high enought. We need to be able to keep warm or cool, what ever the case may be. I have grandkids who's mothers may not be able to pay the rates if you raise them.
    It is about time for these companies to stop raising rates to drive us to make a choice between food or heat! With the older consummers that is one of the choices they will have to make.
    Get real and do not do this to the people of Springfield!!! We can not afford to pay higher rates now and not in the future. If we had a vote in this for real- I know that we would not raise the rates. Listen to the people of Springfield and do not raise the rates. We do not need this now or later...

    Victoria & Larry Burton
  • August 25, 2011

    Same way with gas rate increases, till they start making up grades to the system, they should not get any more raises
    besides why should we pay for their over priced employees and ceo's .

    Thomas Bookwalter
  • 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

    In the past, when you got a raise, you asked for another before the papers cleared the table. Man up, tighten your belt, and make do with what you have like the rest of us!
    Nora Price
  • August 25, 2011

    Everything is 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 o hurt the economy even more. Further, Ameren raised rates so high in the last few years that it hurt so many consumers. It 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

    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.
  • June 7, 2011

    I protest any further rate increase for this utility company
  • May 26, 2011

    Please do not allow Ameren to raise rates AGAIN. They file for an increase every year. The cost of everything is going up except wages. Many people are unemployed and those that are fortunate enough to have a job, such as myself, are barely treading water due to the poor economy. Gas prices are through the roof, causing the cost of everything else to go up. We are paying more for gas, groceries, etc. Now is not the time to give Ameren a rate hike. People are struggling in this terrible economy and Ameren is still make plenty of profits, even if it's not as much as they made last year.
    Lisa J. Harbers
  • May 18, 2011

    Please do not raise the rates. do to my fixed income. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
  • May 10, 2011

    LOG # 542

    AMEREN RATE CASE SIGNATURES === SEE DOCUMENT

  • May 2, 2011

    I am calling to ask the commission to deny Ameren's proposed rate increase. Seniors have a difficult enough time paying utilities now. SS hasn't raised anything in 3 years and would put me and others in a similar predicament in a really bad position, especially after they are making such a profit.
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