Following a recent briefing with City of Aledo officials, Ameren Illinois announced today that it will launch a three-year plan to enhance the electric grid and improve service reliability between Aledo and Seaton. The three-year project will involve upgrading equipment in substations, fortifying existing power lines, and installing new outage detection technology.
Completing the three-year project, devices known as IntelliRupters, will be installed on the new 12kV power lines in 2019. IntelliRupters act to sense the condition of the electric system and determine appropriate switching actions to reduce the number of customers affected by an outage. They work in tandem with other outage detection devices to isolate the outage and reduce the length of the disruption. Switching enables Ameren Illinois to re-route power from another circuit.
It is expected that these enhancements, and other routine maintenance upgrades, will improve overall service reliability and reduce the frequency and duration of power outages in the Aledo, Viola and Seaton areas.
“These projects are critical to our long-range plans to fortify the electric delivery system and improve overall reliability,” said Daetta Jones, division director for Ameren Illinois serving Aledo and Mercer County. “The grid is evolving and we're excited to bring these upgrades to our customers in the region."
Since 2012, Ameren Illinois has implemented hundreds of system reliability projects throughout central and southern Illinois. As a result, reliability has improved by an average of 17 percent, saving Ameren Illinois customers an estimated $48 million a year. The energy company has added more than 800 employees, and more than 1,200 Illinois-based contract workers who are supporting Ameren Illinois projects.
About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 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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