Water scarcity is becoming a serious risk for corporations, enough so that some are finally talking about it. Ameren (NYSE:AEE), for instance, discloses that low water levels could negatively affect its power plant operations and its ability to comply with legal effluent limits, resulting in load reductions and shutdowns. Indeed, this has already happened. When record drought and extreme heat swept across the Midwest in 2012, low river levels led to a 50% drop in Ameren Missouri's hydroelectric production.
While Ameren acknowledges the risk it faces from water scarcity, it has not disclosed its risk mitigation strategy. All that appears to be changing after concerned shareholders proposed a resolution to compel such disclosure for Ameren's 2013 proxy ballot. The proponent, As You Sow, withdrew the resolution after Ameren agreed to publish details about its water strategy in consultation with the group. This should be good for the company and for shareholders.
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