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Ameren Illinois Working With 40 Communities to Increase Visibility with LED Streetlights
New streetlights save money, last longer and use up to 65 percent less energy

COLLINSVILLE (June 10, 2021) – Ameren Illinois announced today that it is partnering with more than 40 communities across its service territory to upgrade neighborhood streetlights with more energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights.

Ameren Illinois is replacing approximately 10,000 existing sodium vapor, mercury vapor and metal halide streetlights with LEDs in 2021 to help communities save energy. Replacement started in early May and should be completed by the end of November, weather permitting. Ameren Illinois has contracted with a vendor, Pro Electric, to perform this replacement with the help of IBEW-trained electrical workers.

Danville Mayor Rickey Williams, Jr. is pleased his City is the first community to be receiving the LED streetlights in 2021.

“I want to commend Ameren Illinois for their commitment to the City of Danville as a community partner,” said Williams, Jr., whose community is receiving nearly 2,000 new streetlights. “Ameren Illinois is taking down the old technology in these neighborhoods and installing LED streetlights. The new LED streetlights are more cost efficient, environmentally-friendly and will last three times longer than the old technology. This is a win-win for the City.”

"Energy efficiency benefits everyone by reducing the amount of energy that is produced and expended," said Kristol Simms, director of Energy Efficiency and Innovation, Ameren Illinois. "The new LED streetlights will provide these communities with public safety, environmental and financial benefits for many years."

LED streetlight benefits include:

  • Saves money with enhanced reliability and 3x longer life expectancy
  • Uses 55-65% less energy than the older technology
  • Reduces maintenance and operational costs
  • Protects the environment by decreasing energy generation and cutting carbon emissions
  • Improves nighttime visibility
  • Produces a cool white light similar to moonlight

Ameren Illinois began replacing all company-owned streetlights in 2017 with LED technology. Overall, the company has replaced more than 140,000 streetlights throughout central and southern Illinois. The company plans to replace approximately 305,000 of the old technology with new LED streetlights by 2027.

About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and more than 800,000 natural gas customers throughout central and southern Illinois. Our service territory covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles and our mission is to power the quality of life. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com. Follow us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois and Facebook.

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