FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- November 05, 2020
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PSC Approves Territorial Agreement Between
Ameren Missouri and Three Rivers Electric Cooperative
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a joint application filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri and Three Rivers Electric Cooperative (Three Rivers) which authorizes: 1) the sale of a portion of Ameren Missouri’s electric system to the electric cooperative; 2) a change of supplier for a number of service addresses between the two electric providers; and 3) the establishment of a territorial agreement between the two in portions of Cole and Osage counties.
In a joint application, Ameren Missouri and Three Rivers sought Commission authority for Ameren Missouri to sell a portion of its electric system to Three Rivers. Ameren Missouri also sought Commission authority for a change of supplier for approximately 258 service addresses to Three Rivers, while Three Rivers sought a change of supplier for approximately 270 service addresses to Ameren Missouri. The application also sought Commission approval of an electric territorial agreement between the two which would establish exclusive service territories for each in portions of Cole and Osage counties. The territorial agreement’s areas of focus are the Village of Wardsville and the nearby vicinity (Cole and Osage counties) and the Rock Ridge/Frog Hollow area (Cole County).
The Commission noted in its order that the goal of the applicants is to equalize the load associated with the service addresses to be transferred, along with reducing facility duplication in the Wardsville and Frog Hollow areas.
“A substantial reason behind the proposed change of electric service providers within the Rock Ridge/Frog Hollow Road areas is Three River’s acknowledged lack of adequate facilities within this area to accommodate future growth within the area,” said the Commission. “This area is currently served by Three Rivers via a lengthy radial line. Future load growth within the Rock Ridge/Frog Hollow Road areas, brought about by the natural expansion of development spurred on by the recent addition of Saint Mary’s Hospital and Capital City High School, is inevitable.”
“A substantial reason behind the proposed change of electric service supplier within and around the Village of Wardsville is Ameren Missouri’s acknowledged inability to provide any redundant feed to the area, which negatively impacts overall reliability,” said the Commission. “This area is currently served by Ameren Missouri via a lengthy radial line. In contrast, Three Rivers has within the Village of Wardsville a robust electric distribution system to meet current and future load growth with minimal future investment needed to provide adequate and reliable service.”
The Commission determined the territorial agreement enhances the use and efficiency of existing facilities of both Ameren Missouri and Three Rivers in the affected areas and will allow for improved facilities installation planning in anticipation of future growth. It will prevent further duplication of electric service facilities and result in economic efficiencies and reduce further operations and maintenance expenses as well as improve public safety and community aesthetics.