The ups and downs of Ameren rates, 2014

Ameren customers received a $45 million electric rate cut, as they were hit with a $32 million natural gas rate hike. So how does that affect 2014 bills?

Both changes—ordered by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) late last year—impact the delivery part of our bills. That’s what you pay Ameren to deliver the gas/electricity to your door. Delivery charges, which include the customer, distribution delivery, and standard metering charges, take up about a third to a half of our bills. The rest is what we pay for the actual power.

A rundown of your new electric delivery charges, reflecting the $45 million rate cut:

Zone 1 (formerly AmerenCIPS)
Monthly Customer Charge: $11.59/month
Distribution Delivery Charge Summer: 2.525 cents/kilowatt-hour (kWh)
Distribution Delivery Charge Non-summer: 1.34 cents/kWh, .513 cents/kWh over 800 kWh
Meter Charge: $4.19/mont

Zone 2 (formerly AmerenCILCO)
Monthly Customer Charge: $11.36/month
Distribution Delivery Charge Summer: 2.798 cents/kWh
Distribution Delivery Charge Non-summer: 1.766 cents/kWh, .77 cents/kWh over 800 kWh
Meter Charge: $4.19/month

Zone 3 (formerly AmerenIP)
Monthly Customer Charge: $11.44/month
Distribution Delivery Charge Summer: 3.246 cents/kWh
Distribution Delivery Charge Non-summer: 1.967 cents/kWh, 1.376 cents/kWh over 800 kWh
Meter Charge: $4.19/month

A rundown of your new gas delivery charges, reflecting the $32 million rate hike:

Zone 1 (formerly AmerenCIPS)
Monthly Customer Charge: $22.58/month
Distribution Delivery Charge: 9.32 cents/therm

Zone 2 (formerly AmerenCILCO)
Monthly Customer Charge: $20.08/month
Distribution Delivery Charge: 7.692 cents/therm

Zone 3 (formerly AmerenIP)
Monthly Customer Charge: $22.52/month
Distribution Delivery Charge: 9.32 cents/therm

Note: These charges don’t include all the rates you pay on your bill. For example, you pay supply rates for the actual electricity or gas. For more information, see CUB’s Making Sense of Your Gas Bill and Making Sense of Your Electric Bill fact sheets.

Also, visit CUB Energy Saver, CUB’s free service that has been showing people how to cut their utility bills by about $100 a year.

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About Jim Chilsen

Jim is director of communications for the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
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One Response to The ups and downs of Ameren rates, 2014

  1. Sandy Glass says:

    Here’s the “green” scam. As customers use less and less energy to save money the service and distribution charges will continue to climb. In some cases theses charges may be larger than the energy used. So “smart meters” and e-portals will verify that customers will go broke using their homes from 12 noon until 9:00 PM, yet even if they keep the house cold, avoid showers and cooking, leaving their young and elderly miserable, the “service,” distribution charges, fees and taxes will break their financial backs. We need to be spending the money to provide a strong infrastructure, plentiful affordable energy to Americans otherwise we will continue down the third world path of artificial scarcity, poverty and joblessness.

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