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Ameren restructures to implement smart grid technologies

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, December 16, 2011

Ameren Illinois recently announced that it will soon fulfill its promise to enact the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act, which will see major improvements to the Illinois electric grid, modernizing it to integrate with current smart grid devices.

The project will require about $3 billion in investments over the next 10 years.

"The enactment of this law is good for customers because it will improve the quality of their service, reduce outage frequency and length, and it will introduce them to new technologies, which could save them money on their bills," said Scott A. Cisel, president and CEO of Ameren Illinois. "This enactment is also a nice shot in the arm for the state's economy with the creation of 2,400-plus jobs."

According to Renew Grid Magazine, the project comes after the Illinois Voter Assembly voted to override a veto of Governor Pat Quinn, a measure that was strongly supported by the region's major utilities, including Ameren and Commonwealth Edison Co.

With more states passing similar legislation, smart grid integration is expected to grow even more in the coming year. SUBNET Solutions Inc. offers utilities software and expertise that can ensure utilities operate with the utmost efficiency and comply with regulations established by NERC CIP compliance measures.

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