Ameren Announces 10-Year Elecricity Modernization Action Plan

Ameren Illinois, one of the large utilities in the state, recently announced a $625 million package of infrastructure improvements that are set to create more than 450 new jobs statewide.

TThe huge spending package, spread over 10 years and called the Modernization Action Plan, is designed to accelerate Illinois’ power grid toward 21st century standards. It was mandated by the Illinois Infrastructure Modernization Act passed by lawmakers in October.

The law calls for creating 450 new jobs linked to the spending by 2015 and Ameren Illinois says it will now exceed that total, although it didn’t offer a specific number. The enhancement of an existing training facility in Decatur is part of a $7 million investment that will also build a new “state-of-the-art” training facility at a location still be announced.

Utility spokesman, Leigh Morris The huge spending package, spread over 10 years and called the Modernization Action Plan, is designed to accelerate Illinois’ power grid toward 21st century standards. It was mandated by the Illinois Infrastructure Modernization Act passed by lawmakers in October.

The law calls for creating 450 new jobs linked to the spending by 2015 and Ameren Illinois says it will now exceed that total, although it didn’t offer a specific number. The enhancement of an existing training facility in Decatur is part of a $7 million investment that will also build a new “state-of-the-art” training facility at a location still be announced.

[Ameren spokesperson Leigh Morris] said the more than 450 new jobs would be linked to the electricity grid improvements, which range from installing automated smart electricity meters in homes to upgrading power distribution systems with advanced technology.

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