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The temperatures may be moderating, but heating bills from this past winter remain high for many Ameren Illinois customers.  
With that in mind, the utility is offering customers in Madison and St. Clair counties an opportunity on Monday (March 31) to make payment arrangements.
 
Customers can get back on track with as little as 10 percent down. They can also set up budget billing, which sets monthly payments based on customers average usage over 12 months.
 
Customers need to bring their ID, Ameren bill and proof of income to the event.  The event is at East St. Louis City Hall. It starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Several energy assistance agencies will at the event.
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   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Ameren Corp. can sell five Illinois coal-fired plants to Houston-based Dynegy Inc. - though the deal still hinges on a pollution-control waiver.

   Dynegy spokeswoman Katy Sullivan says the FERC approval came late Friday. She says it was an important milestone, but the sale could unravel unless the company gets approval from the Illinois Pollution Control Board to delay installing soot-control equipment required by state rules.

   St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. already has a five-year waiver after claiming financial hardship. But the Pollution Control Board said it couldn't simply be transferred to Dynegy, which filed for its own.

   Environmental groups say that the pollution-control upgrades are needed and that Dynegy was a willing buyer.

   The Illinois panel is expected to make its decision next month.

 
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Thursday, 18 April 2013 04:35

Ameren crews preparing for storms

   With another line of potentially severe weather expected to push through the metro-area Thursday, Ameren has place crews on both sides of the river on stand-by.  Ameren officials say they've mobilized personnel and equipment to facilitate their response to any storm-related power outages.  

   But Ameren officials say there are some things customers who lose power during the storms need to do.  First, officials say, report the outage.  Don't assume the power company knows your lights are out.

   Second, they remind customers to stay away from downed power lines and always assume that any lines that have fallen are still live wires.  Report the downed lines immediately.

   They say to stay out of the way of power company crews who are working to repair lines and restore power.

   And finally, they ask customers to be patient.  Crews will get repairs made as quickly as they can do so safely.

   More tips can be found at Ameren's online Outage Center

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