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Logan County Connector Project

Ameren Illinois is proposing to construct a new, approximately 7- to 9- mile, 138 kV transmission line and associated facilities to improve reliability for local customers in Lincoln and surrounding Logan County area. This project will strengthen our system by creating additional pathways to support energy needs for today and tomorrow. This project will be completed and bringing project benefits to the local community by the end of 2023.

After listening, reviewing and considering input received from landowners, community members, interested agencies and local officials, Ameren Illinois has selected and filed a Preferred Route and an Alternate Route with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).




Public and Stakeholder Involvement

Our project team will gather and review data from stakeholders and community members during different phases of the project. The first phase of engagement was February 15 – March 5, 2021 gathering input on the Route Segments and the second phase of engagement was April 12 – May 5 gathering input on the Route Alternatives. All comments collected were reviewed and considered by the project team. We appreciate everyone’s participation during the routing process. Join our project email list to stay connected with the project team. If you were unable to participate in any of the phases of engagement – connect with our project team today. 

Next Steps

On July 2, 2021, Ameren Illinois submitted an application to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Project. The expected timing for a decision is early 2022. If approved, easement negotiations will begin with affected landowners in mid to late 2022 with construction anticipated to start in Spring 2023. Landowners of record whose property is crossed by the Preferred Route or Alternate Route will receive a mailed notification letter from our project team and the ICC.

For more information on the ICC Filing visit icc.illinois.gov/docket and enter 21-0551 in the search box. 
 

Project Maps

Interactive Project Area Map

View the Preferred Route and Alternate Route.

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Project Area Maps

For a high-level overview of the Logan County Connector Project, view the PDFs below.

Route Segments – February 2021 (PDF)
Route Alternatives – April 2021 (PDF)

Preferred Route and Alternate Route – July 2021 (PDF)

Printable Detailed Area Maps

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ameren Illinois is proposing to construct a new, approximately 7- to 9-mile 138 kV transmission line and associated facilities to improve reliability for local customers in Lincoln and the surrounding Logan County area. This project will strengthen our system by creating additional energy pathways we need now and in the future. Our goal is to have this project completed and providing reliably energy to the local community by the end of 2023.
Communities in the Logan County and Lincoln area are currently supported by two Ameren Illinois 138 kV transmission lines that protect and secure the energy system in Logan County. In the future, continuing to rely on these transmission sources in the event of a power outage could result in extended restoration times and community-wide impacts. As we continue to serve, support and invest in our communities new projects – like the Logan County Connector Project –allow us to continue supporting future energy needs.
Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2023.

Single shaft steel pole structures will be used for the Project. Typically, the structures will be self-supported and will not use guy wires or anchors. The average distance between structures is approximately 700-800 feet or about 7 – 8 structures per mile. The structures are expected to be between 80-120 feet tall.

Benefits of galvanized steel monopoles:

  • Compact footprint compared to H-frame and lattice tower
  • Simple and quick construction
  • Galvanized layer protects steel from corrosion
  • Energized to optimize performance
Ameren has indefinitely postponed all in-person public meetings and events. However, public engagement remains a top priority for our project team and we will be providing virtual engagement opportunities for community members to learn more about this project and provide input on the project development within the study area.
Community leaders and members of the public will have various opportunities to provide input during each phase of the routing process. Be sure to sign up for updates to be informed of scheduled engagement opportunities.

Contact Us

Call Us

Hotline: 217.213.3268

Mail Us

Logan County Connector
400 N. Limit St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Project Schedule

2021: Data Collection and Design

  • Gather public and agency input
  • Engineering and permitting
  • Route(s) identified
  • File route(s) with ICC
 

2022: Surveys and Real Estate

  • Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) decision
  • Environmental surveys and permitting
  • Easement acquisition process
 

2023: Preconstruction and Construction

  • Preconstruction activities
  • Construction
  • Project in service in December
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