Ameren Missouri launches 5-year grid upgrade plan

Ameren Missouri announced its plans to upgrade the network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers, including power generating stations and high-voltage transmission lines.

Work on the upgrades will begin this year, including $1.45 M to be spent on two Jefferson City projects — a “smart grid” project in Downtown Jefferson City and an upgrade at the Fairgrounds Substation on Industrial Drive, east of Missouri 179.

The five-year plan also includes substation upgrades in New Bloomfield in 2020 and in Holts Summit in 2023.

Warren Wood, Ameren’s vice president of legislative affairs, explained that the plan includes:

New “smart grid” sensors, switches and self-healing equipment “to rapidly detect and isolate outages — speeding power restoration when service interruptions do actually occur.”

A stronger, more secure energy delivery, including more than 12,000 new utility poles — “many fortified with composite materials and stronger equipment.”

“More than 643 km of upgraded, underground cable and equipment to create a more efficient underground delivery system, to better serve customers.”

The installation of “hundreds of thousands” of smart electric meters by 2023 “to give customers more insight and control over their energy usage, and cost.”

Source: Fulton Sun