New transmission line improving reliability for Ameren customers in Illinois

Published on February 09, 2024 by Dave Kovaleski

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A new transmission line built by Ameren in Logan County Illinois is improving the efficiency of the grid in that region.

The 8.4 mile transmission line in Lincoln and Logan County, called the Logan County Connector Project, is improving system reliability for residents and businesses in the area while opening a new pathway for electricity and increasing capacity to meet Downstate Illinois’ growth needs.

“The Logan County Connector Project is another great example of the trusted local utility completing a critical infrastructure project on time, using Illinois-based consultants, contractors, suppliers and labor,” Shawn Schukar, chairman and president, Ameren Transmission Company, said. “We are efficiently and effectively investing in the grid of the future.”

Crews completed the project in December 2023. However, land restoration efforts will continue into the spring 2024.

“Prior to this project, there was only one pathway of energy into the city of Lincoln,” Suzanne Pohlmann, project manager, Ameren Transmission, said. “Now we have a new superhighway for energy to flow into an existing substation on the opposite side of the city.”

The work was done by contractors L.E. Myers and Burns & McDonnell.

“This multi-year team effort is not only bolstering the grid but also strengthening our communities by employing local contractors, including my company,” Dustin Walker, Decatur-based operations manager for L.E. Myers, said. “We consider it a privilege to partner with Ameren on projects that make life better for the residents and businesses in our own backyard because we are invested in Downstate Illinois for the long haul.”

Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in Illinois.