A state commission is ordering utility company Ameren Illinois to repay nearly 50-million dollars to customers. The announcement by the Illinois Commerce Commission comes in light of its review of electric rates Ameren proposed when the company submitted its "smart grid" plans last year. An Ameren official said the utility could challenge the ruling with a decision expected within the next few weeks.
The ruling indicates the company should cut its electric delivery rate by $48.1 million. Consumer watchdog group, the Citizens Utility Board, was seeking a cut of $54 million, and spokesman Jim Chilsen says the work of the group appears to be paying off, but they have to remain vigilant:
A commission spokesperson said it would announce soon what the ruling means for the common customer.