Ameren Illinois Stepping Up Grid Improvements


By Editors of Power Engineering

The Illinois Commerce Commission on Friday approved Ameren Illinois’ plans to accelerate upgrades to its electric grid, an effort that has already resulted in more than 235,300 fewer outages and saved customers an estimated $46 million each year.

The plan includes accelerated deployment of the utility’s smart meters at homes and businesses by 2019.

The utility launched its grid improvement initiative in 2012 after state lawmakers approved legislation allowing the company to recover costs for improvements to the state’s electric distribution system. Since then, the utility has installed storm-resistant utility poles, stronger power lines and outage detection technology throughout central and southern Illinois. What’s more, more than 345,000 Ameren Illinois customers have received two-way meters that enable customers to use energy-saving tools and programs.

Using the smart meter, customers will be able to see their usage online and participate in pricing options and programs. More than 7,000 customers used their smart meters to decrease consumption on two high-temperature days in August and September. As a result, those customers received credits ranging from a few dollars to $63.

“Today’s decision ensures that all of our customers will have access to technology to help them manage their energy use and save money on their utility bills,” said Craig Nelson, senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Financial Services for Ameren Illinois.

The utility provides power to 1.2 million customers. 

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...