(Undated) – Ameren Illinois has requested a rate increase and one of Illinois’ utility watchdogs is promising to study the request. Ameren Illinois has asked the Illinois Commerce Commission for about $160 million on the natural gas side of the company and a four-year electric rate hike of about $435.6 million. Citizens Utility Board Spokesman, Jim Chilsen, says he is leery of the utility’s request.
The Illinois Commerce Commission will hold hearings and take comments over the next eight months before rendering a decision. If approved, new rates would take effect early next year. It is not known yet what that would mean for the average household.