ILLINOIS (KFVS) - A southern Illinois representative is encouraging citizens to continue sending their utility bills to his office.
Rep. John Bradley is asking all residents of District 117 to send copies of their utility bills to his office if they are a victim of the recent rate hike put onto Ameren customers.
"After recent capacity costs auction by MISO, the power grid operator, it was determined that the capacity cost is 40 times higher for Southern and Central Illinois than the other 14 states involved in the auction," Bradley said. "This cost is being passed directly onto consumers, and it is completely wrong and unfair to attack one section of our state. Many residents have already seen this added cost and brought copies of their bills showing the increase to my district office."
After the original auction determining the rate, Bradley sent a letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asking her to investigate the process, which resulted in her filing an official complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Citizens Utility Board, a consumer watchdog organization for utilities, has been actively involved in helping to reduce the costs and raise awareness of the unfair costs put onto southern Illinois residents.
District 117 includes all of Williamson and Franklin Counties, and a portion of Hamilton County.
For more information, you can call Rep. Bradley's office at 618-997-9697.