JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — Missouri utility regulators have scheduled local public hearings over an electric rate increase requested by Ameren Missouri.

Hearings Thursday, will be July 26,  at noon at Harris-Stowe State University and at 6 p.m. at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Later hearings also have been scheduled in numerous communities served by St. Louis-based Ameren, including Jefferson City, St. Charles, Cape Girardeau and Kirksville.

Formal evidentiary hearings in the rate case are scheduled to start Sept. 24 in Jefferson City.

On February 3, 2012, Ameren Missouri filed an electric rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric operating revenues by approximately $375.6 million. For the average residential customer the proposed increase would be approximately 14 percent or $14 per month. Ameren Missouri’s filing also includes a request to continue its fuel adjustment clause that reflects changes in the cost of fuel used to generate electricity on customers’ bills through a separately-identified surcharge or credit outside a general rate case.

Consumers unable to attend the local public hearings and wish to make written comments may contact the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-2230, telephone (573) 751-4857, e-mail or the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, e-mail .  Comments may also be registered in the case using the Commission’s electronic filing system at .

Ameren Missouri provides electric service to approximately 1.2 million customers in Missouri.

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