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Utilities across the country are taking time this week to warn customers about the threat of scammers.

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Egyptian Electric Cooperative

A crew of four lineman from Egyptian Electric Cooperative in southern Illinois is helping restore power in the southeast after Hurricane Irma.

Before the hurricane made land, the local crew was sent to Alma, Georgia. The Egyptian Electric linemen are Ronnie Gill, Robbie Knop, Matt McElroy and Cody Lee.

Ameren Illinois says because of a new state law its customers are saving on their electric bill.

The Future Energy Jobs Act went into effect on June 1st and is expected to reduce Ameren Illinois residential customers' future bills by an average of $1.69 per month over 10 years.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Ameren Illinois Friday donated 50 air conditioner units to help low-income residents deal with the summer heat.

Ameren's senior director of division operations John Barud says the utility wants to be a good community partner by helping those in need cool their homes.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Ameren Illinois has some new tools to utilize in emergencies.

The utility gave the media a sneak peek Thursday into the technology its using to prepare for storms and respond to outages.

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Some electricity customers in southern Illinois are seeing a big jump in their supply rates - and consumer advocates are asking people to take action.

Ameren Illinois is seeking a more than $206 million rate hike to help pay for upgrades to its electricity power grid.

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One of the state's largest utilities is reminding power and natural gas customers to be ready for severe weather, particularly if the power should go out.

Quinn Vetoes Smart Grid Update

May 6, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn has put himself between big electric utilities and power consumers, vetoing legislation meant to pave the way for a rate increase by ComEd and Ameren. But it may be just a temporary setback for the utilities.

The legislation would allow ComEd and Ameren to get about $70 million more out of consumers every year.
Quinn says that, along with other rate increases the utilities are seeking, the average consumer would see an increase of $5-$6 a month.