PEORIA, Ill., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) today announced they have applied for $45 million in matching grants from the $787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus program) to help fund Smart Grid projects that will improve overall electric service reliability.
"If our request is approved, our customers will benefit from advanced smart grid technologies that will improve service reliability, help our customers better manage their electrical usage, allow us to restore service more quickly when outages do occur and enhance safety for our co-workers," said Ron Pate, Ameren Illinois Utilities (AIU) vice president of Regional Operations.
AIU's Smart Grid Project will cost $83 million, of which $75 million is eligible for a 50 percent federal match of $37.5 million. In addition, AIU is requesting $7.5 million for an Advanced Distribution Management System. AIU's total cost for this project is $15 million.
The key components of the Smart Grid Project include:
The Advanced Distribution Management System will serve as a foundation for the AIU Smart Grid Project. This system will provide a common interface to monitor, control and manage the electrical distribution system and smart electrical devices. It also will enhance AIU's ability to identify and isolate electrical faults that cause service outages, which in turn will help speed the restoration of electrical service.
AIU will ask the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to approve a rider that will allow AIU to add a small charge to customer bills to recover AIU's portion of the project costs. The ICC must approve the proposed projects before they are implemented and costs recovered through a rider.
Additional information about energy efficiency programs that help customers spend less by using less energy is available at ActOnEnergy.com.
The Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) have been providing safe, reliable energy delivery service for more than a century. The Ameren Illinois Utilities deliver energy to 1.2 million electric and 840,000 natural gas customers in more than 1,200 communities within a 43,700-square-mile service territory.
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