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Immediate Release:

Official Statement July 30, 2015

Official Responses From Cooldownstlouis.org Officials On Maida Coleman's Appointment

“We are pleased with the appointment of former Missouri State Senator Maida Coleman to the Missouri Public Service Commission. It sends a positive message throughout the state of Missouri by Governor Jay Nixon, considering that the commission recently gave itself a black-eye when the majority voted against all Missouri ratepayers providing a billion-dollar corporation like Noranda, an electric rate decrease, when we and Ameren Missouri opposed it.

Coleman served on the Heatupstlouis.org (Cooldownstlouis.org) board of directors with distinction; compassion and diligence while a member of the Missouri legislature. As a MO legislature she sponsored the “Hot Weather Rule,” a companion to the “Cold Weather Rule,” that prevents utilities from disconnecting service of needy residential customers during summer weather extremes. Coleman appears to understand that there is a balancing act between affordability of utilities and ensuring that utility companies remain in business.

This is the third year, Missouri Public Service Commission will co-partner the 3rd Annual Heatupstlouis.org Winterizing Utility Forum in October; educating ratepayers of their rights; while weatherization, energy efficiency and utility assistance efforts are being co-sponsored in part by Ameren Missouri and others.”

The Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr., board chair emeritus and Gentry W. Trotter, founder and interim executive director, Heatupstlouis.org (Cooldownstlouis.org)   

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