Ameren completes $130 million Spoon River Transmission initiative

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Ameren has completed the development of a 44 mile, 345,000 volt energy transmission line between Galesburg and Peoria in the US state of Illinois.

The project Spoon River Transmission will help the utility to improve energy transmission and distribution capacity, thereby improving the reliability of grid network.

In addition, the project will help the utility to expand its renewable energy portfolio and meet targets set under the Illinois Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, to generate 25% of total energy from clean resources by 2025.

Ameren says the completion of the project and expansion of clean energy resources will keep consumer energy bills low and help improve customer services.

Under the project, Ameren has invested $130 million. The initiative included the development of two new substations, completed under budget and nine months ahead of schedule, and the use of helicopters to install transmission lines.

Ameren secured a greenlight from the MidContinent Independent Systems Operator to implement the project in 2011.

The Spoon River project is part of a coordinated, multi-state group of transmission projects – known as Multi-Value Projects – being developed by MISO to improve and strengthen the regional energy grid.

“We are grateful for the feedback and cooperation we received from landowners, communities and the Illinois Commerce Commission,” said Shawn E. Schukar, president of ATXI.

“This kind of collaboration, combined with the strong relationship we have with our contract partners, allowed us to successfully complete the project, so we can deliver the benefits of the Spoon River project for generations to come.”

“The speed and efficiency with which this line was developed can be attributed to the ongoing collaboration we had with community members,” Schukar said.

“Because of this input and support, our contract partners were able to quickly move forward on key construction phases, meet crucial deadlines and now energise this important infrastructure project that bolsters the energy grid.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.