Ameren Illinois continues to make electric infrastructure upgrades to improve the reliability and performance of its energy delivery systems for residential and business customers throughout central Illinois. The company is investing an additional $2.2 million in Coles, Douglas, and Edgar counties, and the improvements will be placed into service by the end of 2015.
“These infrastructure investments are another important step in our long-range plans to fortify the electric delivery system in east central Illinois,” said George Justice, Director of Operations for Ameren Illinois serving Coles, Douglas and Edgar counties. “The new technology and equipment we’re putting in today will help ensure that we can meet the evolving demands of our business and residential customers in the future.”
In Coles County $530,000 in improvements are being made. Work will be done in the Mattoon area, where smart sensors are being added. These sensors can detect problems on the power lines – such as a lightning strike or a fallen tree limb – and work to reduce the number of customers affected by a power outage. Ameren also replaced every fourth or fifth power pole over six miles on the west side of town along Highway 45 with a much larger class of pole that is thicker in diameter, including setting nine composite poles. The poles will increase the strength and durability of an important stretch of electric infrastructure to better withstand weather events.
In Douglas County $1.3 million in improvements are being made. Work will be done in Tuscola and Villa Grove.
Ameren Illinois is also doing $320,000 in work in Edgar County. Improvements are being made in the Paris and Kansas areas.
In total, more than 7,000 hours of work will be logged as these projects are completed.