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Ameren Illinois wins praise for its plans to construct a new substation

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, June 02, 2011

Ameren Illinois is responsible for supplying electricity to a large number of state residents, and a new plan it recently unveiled to improve its transmission lines was met with praise, according to a report.

The Journal Courier reports that Jacksonville Plan Commission (JPC) said it was pleased that the utility is moving to invest in the development of the state's electric power supply network. Two years ago, Ameren Illinois set forth plans, but JPC denied them and asked for a tweaked version that wouldn't require extensive disruptions to areas where residents live.

Ameren Illinois division manager Craig Gilson said that the utility worked with Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard to develop a new strategy. According to Gilson, engineers then revised initial plans to move a substation from a popular downtown area to a less trafficked area on Main Street. The new electric substation will be surrounded by concrete walls and will measure less than 25 feet high, said Ameren engineer Scott Heikes.

"We are going to work with Jacksonville Main Street to get their input on the coloring of the walls and the overall design of the walls," Gilson affirmed.

Construction on the automated substation is expected to begin in the fall.

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