JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | Missouri lawmakers are considering allowing utilities to charge customers for the financing cost of constructing new electrical power plants.
The debate has been triggered by St. Louis-based AmerenUE’s application to build a second mid-Missouri nuclear reactor.
It pits consumer activists and environmentalists, who believe customers shouldn’t be billed until new plants come online, against utilities, who contend that billion-dollar facilities aren’t affordable without recouping costs as the plants are built.
Sen. Delbert Scott, a Republican from Lowry City, filed a bill Thursday that he said would cover some construction expenses for nuclear and renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
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In the House, Republican Ed Emery, of Lamar, plans to file similar legislation within the next 10 days.