Ameren Missouri has filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking reconsideration of certain parts of a FERC order approving a new Shoreline Management Plan for Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. Specifically, the petition seeks a rehearing and/or clarification of FERC-imposed modifications to the plan that apply to structures that encroach on the Project Boundary—an elevation-based, Ameren Missouri-owned strip of land surrounding the lake’s shoreline.
Ameren Missouri was required to file a new Shoreline Management Plan as part of the new 40-year license for the operation of Bagnell Dam and its electric generating facility—the Osage Renewable Energy Center—that FERC approved in March 2007. Ameren Missouri filed the plan in March 2008, and FERC approved the plan, with modifications, on July 26, 2011.
In its petition, Ameren Missouri seeks reconsideration of a FERC requirement that the company identify and take actions to resolve all non-confirming structures and encroachments within the Project Boundary by May 1, 2012. Ameren Missouri contends it will not be possible to meet this deadline, because of the large number of structures and the complexity in determining the required detail for those involved.
Ameren Missouri also expresses concern about the FERC order’s ban on decks, patios, gazebos and similar structures within the Project Boundary, since such structures have been previously allowed if the owners obtained proper permits.
Where project lands are not actually needed for project purposes, Ameren Missouri proposes that the most practical solution would be to adjust the Project Boundary so that as many structures as possible that are identified as encroachments under the existing boundary are no longer encroachments. Therefore, Ameren Missouri proposes that the reporting and resolution of all encroachments on the Project Boundary be deferred until after FERC rules on a petition to revise the boundary, which the company plans to file no later than Sept. 1, 2013.
A copy of Ameren Missouri’s petition is available by visiting AmerenMissouri.com/lake, and clicking on “Shoreline Management Plan.”
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 126,000 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 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.
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