CHAMPAIGN, IL (NOVEMBER 2, 2021) – This fall, Ameren Illinois customers living around southwest Champaign will see Energy at Work first hand as the company constructs a $9.1 million state-of-the-art substation. The new facility, which reduces voltage from large transmission lines so electricity can be distributed homes and businesses, will enhance service reliability, flexibility and load capacity of the company's local electric grid in Champaign and Bondville.
Ameren Illinois is constructing the substation with a new and innovative design to achieve several goals:
"Substations do not get a lot of fanfare but they are critical elements in a reliable, resilient energy grid," said Ron Juarez, Director of Eastern Region Electric Operations, Ameren Illinois. "Our southwest Champaign substation is a prototype that will serve as a design model for future substation construction throughout the Ameren Illinois service territory. When we place this substation into service next spring, we'll have the capability to re-route power from other substations in the area to reduce the duration of outages, and meet demand for reliable energy from growing businesses in the Champaign region."
The enhancements are part of Ameren Illinois' multi-year initiative to modernize its energy delivery system. The company has implemented hundreds of projects, added new technology and strengthened poles, wires and distribution equipment. As a result, reliability has improved by an average of 22 percent and the time of an outage has been reduced by 16 percent.
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. Our mission is to power the quality of life. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com. Follow us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois and Facebook.