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Ameren's power outage response to get public scrutiny

Damage from this summer's storm that cause the power outage (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)
Damage from this summer's storm that cause the power outage (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Matt Sepic, KMWU

St. Louis, MO – Customers of AmerenUE who were in the dark because of July's power outage will have a chance to testify before the Missouri Public Service Commission this week.

After the outages the PSC began an investigation into Ameren's storm readiness, as well as its response to customer calls.

The commission is holding five hearings to gather public input. The first is Tuesday evening at Hazelwood East High School.

PSC Utility Operations Director Warren Wood said beyond tree trimming and customer service, investigators are also looking at Ameren's technical operations.

"As in past investigations, some of the things we look at are maintenance programs for their poles, for their circuits," Wood said.

Wood said the PSC plans to issue a report on the investigation in November. Depending on what it finds, he said Ameren could be forced to make changes to its operations.

Storms on July 19 and 21 caused the power outage, which was the largest in St. Louis history.

Hearing Schedule

  • Tuesday October 3
    • 5:30 p.m. Hazelwood East High School; 11300 Dunn Rd.

  • Wednesday October 4
    • 11:30 a.m. St. Louis County Library Thornhill Branch; 12863 Willowyck Dr.
    • 5:30 p.m.Wohl Community Center; 1515 N. Kingshighway
  • Thursday October 5
    • 11:30 a.m.Farmington City Hall; 110 W. Columbia
    • 5:30 p.m.Trojan Intermediate School, Potosi; 367 Intermediate Drive