Missouri Public Service Commission
Laclede and MGE are the two largest natural gas companies under the jurisdiction of the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Robert Kenney replaces Kevin Gunn as chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Laclede says the increase would raise the average residential customer’s bill by $4.93 per month.
The statute forces investor-owned utilities to use increasing amounts of renewable resources to produce electricity.
“We have people who died this summer from heat exhaustion because they didn’t want to use their air conditioning units,” resident Mary Sorg said.
Ameren Missouri in February asked for a 14.6 percent, or $376 million, electric rate increase.
The scam claims President Barack Obama is providing credits on utility bills through a new federal program.
Missouri utility regulators say there have been 30 electricity-related incidents in the state in the past two years.
The adjusted increase will add 40 cents to Laclede bills starting July 9th.
If approved, a customer’s average monthly bill would rise $14.