By: Arnold Wyrick
Rogers finds it hard to believe that Ameren CIPS needs to make that much money. "I understand everybody needs to make money, somehow. And electricity is valuable. But, something's got to give some where or you won't have any small businesses."
The rate hick is hitting every facet of business. Leaving no one unaffected. "We're going to be looking at staying with equipment that we'd normally try to replace. But, we're just going to have to make due with it a little bit longer," says Jeff McDaniel administrator at Oak Grove Rehab & Skilled Care center in Carbondale, Illinois.
McDaniel's says they're just going to have to cutback where they can. "It might mean no pay raises for our staff, or changing out all the fluorescent ballast in the lights. Shutting things off isn't an option, we're a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day a week operation."