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Electric customers may see rate decrease, but gas going up?

SPRINGFIELD -- More than one million Ameren Illinois customers could see rate decreases on their electric bills next year.
SPRINGFIELD -- More than one million Ameren Illinois customers could see rate decreases on their electric bills next year. They'll likely see a dip because the Illinois Commerce Commission approved new electric distribution rates for Ameren for 2014.

ICC issued the order to the utility Monday, but the reduction comes with a cost for Ameren. The utility will bring in some $45-million less in revenue. It had planned to lower the delivery rate by $37-million, but ICC says the figure was higher because Ameren "over-collected" on previous rates.

Ameren has more than one million electric customers in Central and southern Illinois. Leaders at the utility company say they're still reviewing ICC's decision.

Next week, the ICC will likely discuss rates for natural gas customers. Those delivery rates are expected to increase.
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