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PSC approves changes to Missouri American Water billing for St. Louis County customers


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Public Service Commission (PSC) approved Missouri American Water Company’s revised tariff sheets changing how fire protection customers in St. Louis County are billed during its weekly agenda meeting Tuesday.

The tariff sheets, which will go into effect on Dec. 8, will give customers a choice of being billed annually or monthly, commissioners said. The tariff sheets do not change the rates. 

Additionally, the PSC revised the special contemporary resource planning issues Ameren is required to address in its triennial integrated resource plan (IRP) filing following the utility company’s request. 

Ameren had said it shouldn’t continue to evaluate the “cost of removal” alternative for its coal-fired generating units in its 2020 IRP filing after it decided in August to comply with the Coal Combustion Waste rule under the cap-and-cover method. 

The PSC unanimously voted to withdraw a previous October order and approved a revised one during its weekly agenda meeting on Tuesday. 

Commissioners approved a stipulation and agreement filed by KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (GMO). The stipulation and agreement comes after a Staff-initiated investigation into its steam service rates after the passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

The agreement included a 9 percent rate increase for GMO’s steam service operations as well as the elimination of the minimum coal standard and 85 percent sharing mechanism in its current quarterly cost adjustment. 

Commissioners noted this is GMO’s first rate increase since 2009. 

Additionally Tuesday, the PSC: 

  • Reversed a decision from North American Numbering Plan administrator’s decision to withhold certain numbering resources to Windstream Missouri, needed for Connect America Fund projects in Grandin, Oxly, Patterson, Ponder, and Wappapello Park
  • Approved GoSEMO’s request to expand its Eligible Telecommunications Carrier so it can participate in the Missouri Universal Service Fund
  • Granted a clarification on a previous order suspending the assessment of the Missouri Universal Service Fund from January 2020 to January 2021

All decisions were unanimous Tuesday. The next agenda meeting is set for Dec. 11.