Ameren Missouri officials are pleased that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved provisions in its shoreline boundary plan for Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. Ameren Missouri filed the proposal in January – months ahead of FERC’s deadline of June 2012. Today’s decision resolves the issue of dwelling encroachments within the project boundary at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Under the new plan, the boundary has been lowered to an elevation of 662’ plus carving out below 662’ for existing dwellings and commercial structures.
Ameren Missouri will now move forward with filing Estoppel Certificates in the Recorder of Deeds Office(s) of Camden, Miller, Benton and Morgan counties. The document clarifies ownership and confirms that structures now outside the boundary are not in jeopardy.
“By working and collaborating with property owners, agencies and other key stakeholders, we developed and presented a viable solution to FERC,” said Jeff Green, supervisor of Shoreline Management. “We are very happy with the decision to allow us to lower the boundary. Today’s decision provides closure to the matter.”
In addition to filing Estoppel Certificates, Ameren Missouri will now focus on helping property owners understand the new plan.
Green said that Ameren Missouri has been and will continue being a good steward of the Lake, and throughout the process, the company’s primary goal was to redraw the boundary so that all identified encroachments would no longer be encroachments. The challenge was balancing the requirements of FERC license with the needs and concerns of the community and submitting a very comprehensive plan to FERC ahead of their deadline, he said.
Background: FERC has regulatory authority over specific hydroelectric projects including Ameren Missouri's Osage Project in central Missouri. By law, FERC is charged with balancing power generation and non-power generation values when issuing hydropower licenses. FERC accomplishes this balancing by giving “equal consideration” to the wide range of public benefits provided by hydroelectric projects.
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.
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