AARP Strongly Urges ICC To Reject New Ameren Rate Hike Request

        AARP Strongly Urges ICC To Reject New Ameren Rate Hike Request

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 28, 2013

$50 million rate hike would hurt thousands of seniors, low-income families and
jobless residents in Central and Southern Illinois

CHICAGO, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement from AARP Illinois
State Director Bob Gallo:

"Barely a year after receiving a hefty rate increase, Ameren is once again
trying to burden consumers with a new natural gas rate hike request that will
significantly hurt low-income families who live paycheck to paycheck,
individuals who have lost their jobs, and older residents living on fixed
incomes, all of whom rely on utilities for their well-being and health.

The Illinois Commerce Commission needs to take into account the impact this
unwarranted rate increase request will have on thousands of cash-strapped
residents in Central and Southern Illinois, and side with them instead of with
corporate interests. AARP on behalf of our 1.7 million Illinois members
strongly opposes this request and urges the ICC to stand on the side of
consumers and reject it in its entirety.

It may not be a coincidence that Ameren's $50 million rate hike request comes
in the heels of the company's last quarter financial report showing a sharp
decline in earnings. Asking consumers to bail out a corporation through higher
delivery rates is unacceptable.

This new request is also a reminder of the dire impact on the consumer of the
rate hike law – pushed by Ameren and ComEd through the Legislature and over
the Governor's veto – and of the utilities ongoing attempts to hurt consumers
in order to fund infrastructure or recoup financial losses.

We urge consumers to contact the ICC to oppose Ameren's filing.The ICC can be
reached at 1-800-524-0795."


Contact: Gerardo Cardenas, +1-312-458-3609, or Ann Black, +1-515-707-1287
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