Collinsville, IL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — December 10, 2012 – Ameren Illinois’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) initiative, a key element of the company’s Modernization Action Plan (MAP), was last week approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).
Customers will benefit through improved service reliability and a greater potential for energy savings by allowing them to better manage their energy use.
However, funding for these upgrades is still a point of dispute with the ICC. Recently the Illinois Senate passed Senate Resolution 821, which called on the ICC to comply with the state’s Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act(EIMA). The EMIA, enacted in 2011, provides incentives for investor-owned utilities to make significant upgrades and investments to the electric distribution grid. The Illinois House passed a similar resolution in support of EIMA last summer. Until the dispute is resolved, funding for these capital investments is in jeopardy.
“We view this as a positive step toward implementation of the EIMA,” said Ameren Illinois President & CEO Richard J. Mark. “We will be proceeding cautiously until Illinois utilities have the financial certainty needed to move forward with much-needed enhancements to the state’s electric grid.”
Ameren Illinois will use advanced meters to bolster system reliability. Working in tandem with a new advanced electricity distribution system management, the advanced meters can help identify distribution line and transformer overload issues that can be corrected before an outage occurs. Furthermore, advanced meters will enable electric dispatchers to better pinpoint the location of outages without the need for customers to report outages. This will help reduce the duration of outages.
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 813,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois.