Ameren Illinois' Modernization Action Plan (MAP) is focused on six main investment areas:
Reliability, repairs and replacements
(Infrastructure Improvements): Our electric distribution system needs regular upkeep to meet your energy needs. Over the next 10 years, we'll do more of these projects, including replacing underground cables, reinforcing poles and adding transformers. Making fixes now will save on long-term costs. We'll also install more protective fencing at our substations to prevent outages caused by animals - saving their lives, too.
Estimated investment: $258 million over 10 years.
(Distribution Automation): We'll be installing automated, intelligent switching devices and sensors throughout our distribution system. These are called "smart" because they can detect an outage and isolate the interruption, so we can fix your service faster. We'll also create a test network around Champaign, Ill., to allow researchers, startup companies and others to test smart grid-related technology - helping to spark future innovations.
Estimated investment: $169 million over 10 years.
(Advanced Metering Infrastructure): Currently some of our customers have traditional, analog meters and some have newer ones that allow for automated meter reading. The next generation of home metering equipment is called Advanced Metering Infrastructure (will be referred to as "advanced" meters). Ameren Illinois plans to install 780,000 advanced meters by 2021. In addition to providing automatic readings, the upgraded meters will help speed up service requests and alert us if your power's out. In the future, these meters will even provide you with timely information about your energy use, so you can see how to save.
Estimated investment: $174 million over 10 years.
Reducing energy loss
(Enhanced Voltage Control): Did you know that as power flows from the distribution center to your home, some energy is naturally "lost" along the way? We're installing voltage optimization equipment to make sure power gets to your home as efficiently as possible, saving money and reducing waste. Regulating voltage will benefit customers by lowering overall electricity demand and usage.
Estimated investment: $11 million over 10 years.
(Software and Technology Enhancements): New software will enable our operators to better monitor our system and help us restore service - reducing the duration and frequency of outages.
Estimated investment: $6 million over 10 years.
(Training Facilities): We're building a state-of-the-art training center in Belleville, Illinois
, and updating our training facility in Decatur, Illinois, so our co-workers are experts on smart grid technology. The new facility will have indoor and outdoor classrooms, providing employees with the hands-on training needed to get the job done. More classroom space for meter training will be added to the existing Decatur training center, too.
Estimated investment: $7 million over 10 years.