A rate increase request is how we recover our costs as a regulated utility in this state. Unlike other businesses, we cannot simply raise our rates or prices as our costs increase. By law, we must file a rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission. To maintain safe, reliable service for our customers, meet their expectations for cleaner, greener energy, and meet regulations, we continue making significant investments in our aging infrastructure. Those investments are delivering value to customers at a price that is among the lowest in the nation. The approval of our rate case filing increases cash flows for further investment in future resources to meet our customers' energy needs.