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Utility company Ameren U-E wants to build a second reactor at its nuclear power plant in Mid-Missouri. Ameren officials have had conversations with City Utilities of Springfield about this expansion. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports on what this could mean for CU and its customers in Southwest Missouri.
John Twitty, General Manager of City Utilities confirms that there have been a couple of conversations between C-U and Ameren U-E officials about plans for a second nuclear plant in Fulton, Missouri.Twitty says talk of what participation, if any C-U might have in the nuclear plant is very preliminary.
It’s preliminary because Ameren U-E is not moving ahead with the plant until state lawmakers act. The utility company wants state lawmakers to allow it to charge customers increased utility rates to help finance construction costs.Twitty says he supports legislation to allow Ameren to begin charging higher rates before the plant comes online. He points out that customers will have to pay for the plant sooner or later anyway. Opponents of the measure argue such a move would strip away consumer protections. Twitty says getting this issue resolved is the next step in the process.
Twitty says he and other C-U officials will continue to study how a second nuclear plant in the state could fit into C-U’s future: whether it could be an in-state source of affordable power for C-U customers in the years ahead.