More and more, utility customers are becoming familiar with the term "smart grid." So what is a smart grid, and what will it mean for your Ameren Illinois electric delivery service?
Smart grid refers to a suite of technologies - automation, remote control, computer processing and two-way communication - designed to meet your 21st-century energy needs. It's technology that other industries, and even customers, have been using for years. Learn more
Ameren Illinois Efforts
As a delivery-only utility, we're responsible for the grid components that carry power to your home or business. We've been incorporating smart grid improvements into the distribution system for years - with a focus on improving reliability and reducing outages.
As part of our 10-year Modernization Action Plan (MAP), we'll be making even more of these improvements, including:
- At your home: Advanced meters will alert us if your power is out, speed up service requests and improve billing accuracy. By 2021, more than half (62%) of electric customers will receive these meters (sometimes called "smart" meters). Installation will start in late 2013.
- On the grid: High-tech automation, like smart sensors and switches, will detect and isolate outages faster. Meanwhile, voltage optimization equipment will make sure power gets to your home as efficiently as possible, reducing waste.
- At our facilities: Our employees must be "smart," too. We're investing $7 million in two smart grid training centers so that we are better equipped to serve you. New system management technology will help us pinpoint problems more precisely, so we can correct them faster and ensure the energy you need is there when you need it.