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Ameren's 'Pure Power' program under scrutiny

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- AmerenUE's Pure Power program is under scrutiny by the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Regulators say the utility's customers don't know what they're getting when they agree to pay extra to support renewable energy development.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that PSC staff are concerned that many of the 6,000 AmerenUE customers who are paying an extra monthly fee don't know how little of it actually supports green energy.

PSC says that less than half is spent on renewable energy certificates. The rest goes to a San Francisco-based administrator's marketing, administration or profits.

The group says that at least 75 percent of the renewable energy certificates will be purchased from wind projects and at least half will be in Missouri and Illinois.

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JEFFERSON CITY---Due to an anticipated large turnout, the Missouri Public Service Commission will hold additional local public hearings in St. Louis at larger venues next week in the AmerenUE electric rate case.

Some of the current local public hearing locations have limited seating. The additional locations will accommodate more individuals who may want to attend.

The Commission will also have PSC staff available from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at Wainwright State Office Building to answer questions from the public. Members of the public may also record a video statement.

The additional public hearings and the entire local public hearing schedule for the St. Louis area appears below.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010: The Commission will hold an additional local public hearing at the Holiday Inn Southwest/Viking Conference Center, 10709 Watson Road, Salon A. Question and answer session begins at 5:30 p.m. The local public hearing will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010: The Commission will hold two additional local public hearings at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Boulevard, Millennium Student Center Building, North Campus, Century Room B & C. The first question and answer session begins at 11:30 a.m. The local public hearing will be held from noon until 4:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

The second question and answer session begins at 5:30 p.m. The local public hearing will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

The Commission will also establish a listening post at the Wainwright State Office Building, 111 N. 7th Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2010. PSC staff will be present to answer questions from the public. Members of the public may also record a video statement at this location.

The entire local public hearing schedule for the St. Louis area is as follows:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010:

Harris Stowe State University, Main Auditorium, Room 112, 3026 Laclede. Question and answer session begins at 11:30 a.m. The local public hearing will be held from noon until 3:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

St. Louis Community College-Meramec Campus, Business Administration Building, Room 105, 11333 Big Bend Road. Question and answer session begins at 5:30 p.m. The local public hearing will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

Holiday Inn Southwest/Viking Conference Center, 10709 Watson Road, Salon A. Question and answer session begins at 5:30 p.m. The local public hearing will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010:

University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Boulevard, Millennium Student Center Building, North Campus, Century Room B & C. Two local public hearings. Question and answer session begins at 11:30 a.m. The local public hearing will be held from noon until 4:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner. Question and answer session begins at 5:30 p.m. The local public hearing will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

St. Louis County Library-Thornhill Branch Auditorium, 12863 Willowyck Drive. Question and answer session begins at 11:30 a.m. The local public hearing will be held from noon until 3:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

Julie Davis Regional Branch Library, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave. Question and answer session begins at 5:30 p.m. The local public hearing will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or until all of those who wish to testify have done so, whichever is sooner.

Thursday, January 21, 2010:

Wainwright State Office Building, 111 N. 7th. Listening post from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. PSC staff members will be present to answer questions from the public. Members of the public may also record a video statement.

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