Marron Sympathetic to Ameren Customers’ Concerns

Ameren rate increase coming, coupled with record inflation

Danville, IL….Speaking on the recent Ameren Illinois electric-supply rate increase, State Representative Mike Marron (R-Danville) expressed concern for the burden it places on already drained payers. The COVID-19 pandemic brought shortages and supply-chain issues, while a myriad of international and domestic pressures contributed to record inflation; Illinois consumers cannot get ahead.

The cost of Ameren’s upsurge is further felt due to the latest green energy legislation says Marron, who is not against renewable energy strategies.

“Given that we are seeing the highest inflation in my lifetime, the recently passed Climate and Equitable Jobs Act sets the wrong policies at the wrong time,” said Marron. “To send such a strong message against cheap and reliable energy was a mistake.”

The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (HB 3624) promotes renewable energy resources, emissions reductions and energy efficiency. However, it also requires 100 percent transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, which despite its consumer protection mechanisms, will still be an expensive process. It was passed in a special legislative session.

Marron, who is a member of the Energy and Environment Committee, is sponsoring the Downstate Clean Energy Affordability Act. If passed, the act would allow small-medium energy service providers to streamline construction and maintenance of electric plants and storage facilities. Rather than turning from conventional energy, it ushers in clean energy while recognizing the need and current reliance on non-renewable energy. Ameren Illinois supports the bill as well.

Rep. Mike Marron represents the 104th District that includes portion of Vermilion and Champaign County.