Ameren Illinois proposes to construct a new, approximately 10-mile 138,000 volt transmission line to improve energy reliability to local customers. The new line will connect the existing McLean County Substation and the upgrade Normal East Substation located near Normal, Illinois. The new line and associated facilities are needed for Ameren Illinois to improve energy reliability and to support continued growth in the area. The McLean County Reliability Project is proposed to be in service by December 2020.
What are the local benefits of the McLean County Reliability Project?
The Project will reduce transmission congestion and improve energy reliability. Through this Project, Ameren Illinois customers will have improved system reliability and support for continued area growth.
Where is the energy going that will be carried on the new line?
Transmission lines are similar to the interstate highway system in the way they will allow energy from generators to travel short or long distances, as needed, at any given moment.
How much will this Project cost?
This transmission line is currently estimated to cost $21 million to build. This excludes the cost to design and construct the expand the McLean County Substation and upgrade Normal East Substation.
How did you determine the final proposed routes?
Ameren Illinois developed final proposed routes for the Mclean County Reliability Project in a methodical and collaborative manner, working with landowners, community officials and agencies in order to develop constructible routes that minimize impacts. Preliminary routes were presented and reviewed over a series of open houses in August, November and December 2017. Ameren Illinois gathered and reviewed opportunities, sensitivities, technical guidelines, statutory requirements, and stakeholder input prior to filing proposed routes with the Illinois Commerce Commission.
When will a final route be selected?
We anticipate the final route will be determined by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) no later than September 2018.
What will the structures looks like?
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 feet or about 7 – 8 structures per mile. The structures are expected to be between 75-130 feet tall.
How will Ameren Illinois acquire right-of-way for this Project?
Once the ICC has approved a route for the transmission line, Ameren Illinois representatives will begin contacting landowners for the purpose of conducting good faith negotiations for an easement. Details of the Project, property rights needed, location of the easement, and compensation will be discussed with each landowner.