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Ameren Illinois strengthening energy delivery network in Logan County
Upgrades will help improve reliability, reduce outages

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[June 27, 2014]  LINCOLN - Ameren Illinois is investing approximately $2.7 million in electric infrastructure upgrades to improve the reliability and performance of its energy delivery system in Logan County.

The rebuild of 8 miles of distribution power lines and utility poles will enable the company to better meet the energy needs of its residential and business customers, while accommodating expected increases in demand.

The power line project will be completed in four phases:

Phase I – 1100th Street to 875th Street (Lincoln) 3 miles of line and utility poles replaced.
Investment $917,000. Project completed in 2013.

Phase II – 875th Street to 700th Street (Lincoln) 2.5 miles of line and utility poles replaced.
Investment: $600,000. Project just completed.

Phase III – 700th Street to Casimir Substation (Mount Pulaski) 1.5 miles of line and utility poles replaced. Investment: $400,000. Project to be completed in 2015.

Phase IV- Casimir Substation to Mount Pulaski Substation (Mount Pulaski) 1 mile of line and utility poles replaced.
Investment: estimated at $250,000. Project start date TBD.

Substation upgrades:

Upgrade substation equipment inside the McGrath Substation on Nicholson Road in Lincoln. The new equipment will improve service reliability.
Investment: $136,000. Project to be completed at the end of June.

Upgrade substation equipment inside the Kickapoo Substation on Hickox Drive in Lincoln. The new equipment will improve service reliability.
Investment: $182,000. Project completed at the beginning of June.

Upgrade regulator capacity inside Casimir Substation in Mount Pulaski on North Winter Street. Regulators automatically adjust to low- and high-load situations to assure customers have proper voltage to run electrical equipment.
Investment: $230,000. Project to be completed in late December.

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“Improving service reliability is a central component of our plan to upgrade the grid,” said Daetta Jones, Director of Division III Operations for Ameren Illinois. “In addition to our ongoing system maintenance work, we’re investing additional resources in Logan County and throughout central and southern Illinois to improve service reliability for our customers.”

“We’re looking ahead to what our customers’ energy needs will be in the future and preparing to meet those needs today,” said Richard J. Mark, President and CEO of Ameren Illinois. “These projects are not only strengthening the grid, but they are adding jobs and providing a boost to local economies.”

Ameren Illinois is investing $3.5 billion over the next five years to build a next generation energy delivery system and create jobs in central and southern Illinois. The company is fortifying utility poles, installing intelligent switches and sensors, upgrading the natural gas delivery network, and installing advanced meters throughout its service territory. The upgrades will improve service reliability and provide customers with information they can use to take control of their energy usage and costs. From the beginning of 2012 until March 31, 2014, Ameren has hired 730 Illinois-based employees. Factoring in natural attrition, this hiring has resulted in a net increase of 452 employees supporting Ameren Illinois electric and natural gas service operations. For more information, visit


About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 807,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois, and our mission is to power the quality of life. Our service territory covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit .

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