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Meramec Energy Center Sets Continuous Generation Record

In an industry where consistency and reliability are critical, Ameren Missouri’s Meramec Energy Center has set a new record for those hallmarks. On August 10, 2011, The Meramec Energy Center set the continuous generation record among Ameren coal-fired power plants. Beginning October 22, 2010, and ending August 10, 2011, Unit 2 at the Meramec center recorded a 292-day run without interruption.

“These accomplishments are no accident,” said Mark Birk, vice president of Power Operations for Ameren Missouri. “This achievement is the direct result of thousands of hours of dedication by the entire team at Meramec and numerous Power Operations Services personnel.”

Meramec Energy Center is the oldest coal-fired facility in the Ameren Missouri system. It is located about 20 miles south of St. Louis near the confluence of the Mississippi and Meramec Rivers. Construction began in 1950. The facility’s first of four operating units began generating electricity shortly after midnight on May 21, 1953.

“Meramec employees have worked extremely hard to safely and effectively operate at a continued high level of performance,” Birk added. “It’s very gratifying to see this hard work rewarded by these outstanding results.”

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 126,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com. 

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