FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- March 05, 2014
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
Natural Gas Rates To Change For Ameren Missouri Customers
JEFFERSON CITY--- To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas, Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri natural gas customers will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on March 7, 2014.
Ameren Missouri residential customers in all of its service areas except Rolla will see natural gas rates increase by approximately $0.06 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet of natural gas). This change will affect Ameren Missouri natural gas customers in areas such as Columbia, Jefferson City, Mexico, Wentzville, Cape Girardeau and Marble Hill.
Residential customers in Ameren Missouri’s Rolla service area (Rolla, Salem and Owensville) will also see natural gas rates increase by approximately $0.06 per Ccf.
Approximately 55% to 60% of a customer’s natural gas bill reflects the cost of natural gas from wholesale suppliers. The wholesale cost of natural gas (the cost your local natural gas company must pay to its suppliers for natural gas) is not regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission. The wellhead cost of natural gas is unregulated and is primarily driven by supply, demand and the weather. The Missouri Public Service Commission does conduct an annual regulatory review to ensure that regulated natural gas companies make prudent decisions in securing natural gas supplies for their customers.
A number of energy saving tips can be found on a website from the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Division of Energy (www.beenergyefficient.org
Ameren Missouri serves approximately 126,800 natural gas customers in Missouri.