Infrastructure Improvements: In addition to regular infrastructure spending, the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act allows Ameren Illinois to invest an additional estimated $258 million in system improvements and modernizations which will improve service reliability.
Distribution Automation: Investing an additional estimated $169 million in automated intelligent switching devices, sensors and microprocessor- based relays throughout the system will allow Ameren Illinois to more quickly detect and isolate system problems. This will serve to prevent some outages and limit both the size and duration of other outages.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure: An estimated $174 million will be invested to install automated "smart" meters. About 62 percent of electric customers will have these meters at the end of the 10-year program. It is planned to provide these meters to all customers within 15 years. These meters will provide customers with information to help them become better energy consumers and lay the foundation for expanded energy options.
Training Facilities: About $7 million will be invested to develop a state-of-the-art training center and upgrade an existing training center. The new facility will focus on automated relay and smart grid training, but also will serve as another site for electric system training for both existing and new co-workers.Distribution System Optimization: An estimated $11-million investment will allow Ameren Illinois to install equipment on portions of its electric distribution system to allow the company to maintain a lower, more efficient distribution system voltage. This will benefit customers by lowering overall electricity demand and usage Technology Enhancements: Using an estimated $6.5-million investment, Ameren Illinois will install a new advanced electricity distribution system management system. This advanced system will allow Ameren Illinois to better monitor, control and restore service. For more information about the Ameren Illinois Modernization Action Plan, visit the Ameren Illinois website ( AmerenIllinois.com). Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 813,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois, and our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com. SOURCE Ameren Illinois