There is such a thing as the cost of doing business.
Ameren Threatens $20 Monthly Fee for No Smart Meters
Ameren Illinois says customers who refuse to have an electricity meter installed will see an additional $20 monthly fee on their bills.
Ameren says the so-called smart meters, which transmit details about power usage, enable the utility to pinpoint outage problems and fix them faster. It says the meters can be read remotely and that the $20 fee covers the cost of sending out a person to read the older analog meter.
The company is set to install 780,000 of the new electricity meters in central Illinois and 468,000 upgraded gas meters, which offer similar capabilities.
The Illinois Commerce Commission, the state’s utility regulators, approved the extra charge and said the company should be compensated for meters that require a person to visit them.
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