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AmerenUE to Conduct Three Workshops Across Missouri to Get Customer Feedback on Proposed Suite of Energy Conservation, Energy Management Programs

ST. LOUIS, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. and CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- AmerenUE announced today the company is conducting three workshops -- one each in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Cape Girardeau -- to hear what customers think of more than a dozen proposed energy conservation and energy management programs. In July 2007, AmerenUE committed to spend a minimum of $13 million per year on energy efficiency and demand-response initiatives beginning in 2008, increasing to a minimum of $20 million by 2010.

The workshops are set for Monday, Oct. 15 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Forest Park Visitors Center, 5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112; Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Osage Community Center, 1625 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701; and Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 1201 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109. The workshops are informal; customers are invited to stop by anytime during the workshop hours. For a description of the proposed programs, go to http://www.ameren.com/.

AmerenUE and stakeholders from a range of organizations have developed this suite of proposed programs to help residential and business customers increase their energy efficiency, reduce electric operating costs and improve their bottom lines. In Missouri, AmerenUE's planning efforts follow an integrated resource planning (IRP) policy model. Through this IRP process, regulators establish rules for the development of energy efficiency, demand-response, additional generation and other initiatives. These energy management and energy conservation proposals are part of IRP, which is aimed at using cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable resources to reduce demand for electricity before adding new generating resources.

"We expect these programs to help customers save money, while reducing the peak demand for electricity and allowing us to defer the need to build new generation in the near future," says AmerenUE President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas R. Voss. He adds that the utility has sponsored a number of programs from supporting volunteer efforts to weatherizing homes to funding increased use of energy efficient appliances and lighting. "However, the programs customers will explore at these workshops were developed to respond to an even greater range of customer needs." These programs are aimed at helping low-income individuals and families, tenants, building owners, contractors, developers, manufacturers, and ordinary citizens who want to weatherize their homes, improve air conditioning and heating systems or build highly energy efficient homes.

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.


CONTACT: Susan Gallagher, +1-314-554-2175, or Mike Cleary,
+1-573-681-7137, both of AmerenUE

Web site: http://www.ameren.com/