The Associated Press October 7, 2010, 10:49AM ET

Ameren sees moderate gas prices again this winter

Ameren Illinois has good news for natural gas customers. The utility company says moderate prices during the past year's heating season are expected to continue this winter.

Ameren's Scott Glaeser says that's because of the sluggish economy and soft worldwide demand for energy. Glaeser is the company's vice president of gas and electric technical services.

He says Ameren Illinois has most of its natural gas supplies hedged or "price protected" for the upcoming winter to insulate customers from market volatility.

Ameren customers can get tips on saving energy - and money - at the website

Ameren Illinois, a subsidiary of Ameren Corp., serves more than 1 million electric customers and more than 800,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois.

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