A fire is blamed for a power outage that left thousands of St. Louis residents without electricity on a cold night.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved rate increases for the state’s two main electric utilities.
Outages now stand at 12,000 statewide and 10,000 in the St. Louis area.
Supporters say the measure seeks to ensure equipment used in transmitting electricity is treated similarly to other manufacturing equipment that already is eligible for a tax break.
Lock up your dogs and please don’t take our stuff, Ameren pleads.
Brian Daniels tells KMOX the outages are due to sporadic storm damage from late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
At the height of the storm Thursday night, close to 45-thousand Ameren customers lost electricity.
The rate increase approved Wednesday could mean an extra $10 a month on an average residential bill when it takes effect in January.
The statute forces investor-owned utilities to use increasing amounts of renewable resources to produce electricity.
Missouri utility regulators say there have been 30 electricity-related incidents in the state in the past two years.