Electric Rate Relief Assistance Offered to Non-Profit Organizations, Schools, Senior...

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Electric Rate Relief Assistance Offered to Non-Profit Organizations, Schools,
Senior Centers, Churches
Assistance Available through Oct. 7, 2009




PEORIA, Ill., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ameren Illinois Utilities
(AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) today announced that an electric rate
relief program now is providing assistance up to $5,000 to individual
non-profit and other qualified organizations that have experienced financial
hardships due to the higher cost of electricity.

"In addition to the rate relief assistance provided to residential electric
customers, we want to make certain assistance is available non-profit
organizations, senior centers, schools, churches and other religious
institutions," said Stan Ogden, vice president of Customer Service and Public
Relations for the Ameren Illinois Utilities. 

"We have designed this assistance program to meet the needs of those
organizations that have the greatest need. We urge all qualifying non-profit
organizations to submit applications," Ogden said.

To qualify, a non-profit organization, school, senior center, church or other
religious institution must be an Ameren Illinois Utilities customer who has
continuously purchased electricity through the Ameren Illinois Utilities since
Jan. 1, 2008. Also, an organization must demonstrate the higher rates for
electricity have caused a financial hardship.

In addition, assistance is available to small independently owned and operated
businesses that have 50 or fewer employees and have their principal office in
Illinois. A small business also must be an Ameren Illinois Utilities customer
who has continuously purchased electricity through the Ameren Illinois
Utilities since Jan. 1, 2008. In addition, a small business must demonstrate
the higher rates for electricity have caused a financial hardship. 

Applications to the Non-Residential Hardship Fund, which is being administered
by the Energy Assistance Foundation, must be submitted between Aug. 26 and
Oct. 7, 2009. Applications may be completed online by visiting the Ameren Web
site (www.ameren.com) and selecting "IL Rate Relief Programs." It also will be
available on the ActOnEnergy.com Web site. Applications also may be obtained
by calling the Ameren Illinois Utilities: AmerenCILCO and AmerenCIPS -
1-866-629-2318 and AmerenIP - 1-800-287-8349.

Funding for the Non-Residential Hardship Fund was established as part of the
comprehensive legislative rate relief settlement.

The Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) have been
providing safe, reliable energy delivery service for more than a century. The
Ameren Illinois Utilities deliver energy to 1.2 million electric and 840,000
natural gas customers in more than 1,200 communities within a
43,700-square-mile service territory. 




SOURCE  Ameren Illinois Utilities

Victoria Busch, +1-618-614-3032, or Neal Johnson, +1-309-677-5284, both of
Ameren Illinois Utilities
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