Ameren Illinois is investing approximately $6.4 million in 2015 to upgrade the natural gas infrastructure in Springfield and surrounding areas as part of the company’s long-term plan to modernize the energy delivery system in central and southern Illinois. The investments announced today are in addition to the $1.4 million in natural gas improvements that have been made in the greater Springfield-area since 2014 to further boost reliability and safety in the Capital City.
“Ameren Illinois has always had a very safe and reliable gas delivery system. The upgrades we’re making in Springfield and throughout our service territory will help further improve the performance of the system while delivering value to our customers,” said Daetta Jones, director of Ameren Illinois’ Division III, which encompasses Springfield and surrounding areas.
Local projects being implemented in 2015 include:
In all, Ameren Illinois is investing more than $6.4 million and 27,500 man-hours on the replacement projects. This activity will generate an estimated $12.8 million in economic impact (jobs, spending, local sourcing, etc.) throughout central and southern Illinois.
“By all accounts, our modernization plan is working for our customers and for Illinois. Customers will benefit from a safer, more reliable gas system. At the same time, through implementation of these projects, we’re creating much-needed jobs and providing a boost to local economies,” said Richard J. Mark, president, Ameren Illinois.
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. Ameren Illinois is fortifying utility poles, installing intelligent switches and sensors, and replacing natural gas transmission and distribution facilities and equipment throughout its 43,700-square-mile territory. As a result, reliability has improved by an average of 17 percent, saving Ameren Illinois customers an estimated $48 million a year. The utility has added more than 800 employees, and more than 1,200 Illinois-based contract workers who are supporting Ameren Illinois projects. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com/focus or follow us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois and Facebook.com/AmerenIllinois.