In December 2005, AmerenUE announced the company had reached agreements to purchase the combustion turbine generating facilities from Aquila for a total of $175 million. Approvals necessary for the purchase by AmerenUE were granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission and the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has expired.
These generating facilities, which are directly connected to Ameren's transmission system, include 10 simple-cycle, natural gas combustion turbine units. The facilities will help AmerenUE meet increased needs for generating capacity and provide additional flexibility in determining future base-load generating capacity additions. The purchases were the result of a summer 2005 competitive bidding process that attracted interest from multiple generation suppliers. On March 28, the company announced completion of its purchase of the 640-megawatt Audrain facility located near Vandalia, Mo., from affiliates of NRG Energy, Inc.
AmerenUE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. Ameren companies serve 2.4 million electric customers and nearly one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.
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