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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Public hearings have been scheduled around the state in February and March on Ameren Missouri’s request for a rate increase.

The St. Louis-based company filed a request late last year for an 11-percent increase to electric rates in all rate classes, amounting to $263 million annually.

The Missouri Public Service Commission begins evidentiary hearings on the request in April. The commission is sponsoring the public hearings to give customers a chance to ask questions about the possible increase.

Ameren spokeswoman Lisa Manzo told The Southeast Missourian that the increase is not in anticipation of future projects but is a reimbursement for previous work.

If the commission grants the rate increase, Ameren estimates the average residential customer will pay an additional $9.30 a month, based on 1,100 kilowatt-hours.

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