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Grid infrastructure project now improving energy reliability in central Illinois
Ameren Illinois builds new transmission line on schedule with local labor

LINCOLN, Ill. (Feb. 7, 2024) – Residents and businesses in the city of Lincoln and Logan County are now benefiting from more reliable energy thanks to a recently completed, 8.4 mile high-voltage transmission line. The Logan County Connector Project is improving system reliability while opening a new pathway for electricity and increasing transmission capacity to meet Downstate Illinois’ growth needs.

"The Logan County Connector Project is another great example of the trusted local utility completing a critical infrastructure project on time, using Illinois-based consultants, contractors, suppliers and labor,” said Shawn Schukar, chairman and president, Ameren Transmission Company. "We are efficiently and effectively investing in the grid of the future.”

“This multi-year team effort is not only bolstering the grid but also strengthening our communities by employing local contractors, including my company,” said Dustin Walker, Decatur-based operations manager for L.E. Myers. “We consider it a privilege to partner with Ameren on projects that make life better for the residents and businesses in our own backyard because we are invested in Downstate Illinois for the long haul.”

The new transmission line makes the energy grid more resilient, reducing the outage risk for thousands of customers in and around Logan County.

"Prior to this project, there was only one pathway of energy into the city of Lincoln," said Suzanne Pohlmann, project manager, Ameren Transmission. "Now we have a new superhighway for energy to flow into an existing substation on the opposite side of the city."

Crews completed the Logan County Connector Project in December 2023. Land restoration efforts will continue into spring 2024.

“We are proud to partner with Ameren on this energy infrastructure project that our neighbors and families will count on for decades to come,” said David Clayton, project manager, Burns & McDonnell. “This project is an excellent example of how partnerships with local contractors and labor come together to deliver transmission projects on time and in budget.”

Learn more at the Logan County Connector Project website.

About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in Illinois. 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 AmerenIllinois.com, find us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois or Facebook.

For further information: Ameren Communications, 314.554.2182, communications@ameren.com