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Ameren Corporation Files Shelf Registration Statement
Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) today announced that it has filed a "shelf" registration statement on Form S-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seeking to register under the Securities Act of 1933 offers and sales of various types of securities, including senior or subordinated debt securities, trust preferred securities, common stock, stock purchase contracts and stock purchase units, from time to time, up to an aggregate offering price of $2.0 billion.

Ameren currently intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of any of these securities to finance its subsidiaries' ongoing construction and maintenance programs, to redeem, repurchase, repay or retire outstanding indebtedness, including indebtedness of its subsidiaries, to finance strategic investments in, or future acquisitions of, other entities or other assets, including its pending acquisition of Illinois Power Company and a 20 percent interest in Electric Energy, Inc., and for other general corporate purposes.

The registration statement is not currently effective and these securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC. Additionally, the SEC will need to approve Ameren's application or declaration on Form U-1 with the SEC under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, filed in February 2004, requesting authority from the SEC to issue securities, including those securities included in the registration statement on Form S-3. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

A written prospectus, when available, meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933 may be obtained from Ameren Corporation, 1901 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, Mo., 63103.

With assets of $14.3 billion, Ameren serves 1.7 million electric customers and 500,000 natural gas customers in a 49,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

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