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AmerenUE Closes On Acquisition of Two Illinois Combustion Turbine Generating Facilities from Aquila, Inc.
AmerenUE--a utility company subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE)-- announced that effective March 31 the company completed the purchase of two combustion turbine generating facilities --- the 510-megawatt Goose Creek facility, in Piatt County, Ill., and the 340-megawatt Raccoon Creek facility, in Clay County, Ill. --from subsidiaries of Aquila, Inc.

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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