Ameren Illinois investing $9.4 million in Champaign County for upgrades

CHAMPAIGN - In order to improve the reliability and performance of Champaign County's energy delivery system, Ameren Illinois is investing about $9.4 million in electric infrastructure upgrades.

Ameren officials say the upgrades, as well as implementation of smart grid technology, will allow the company to better serve its customers while accommodating expected increases in demand.

The money will go towards upgrading and strengthening power lines, installing and upgrading underground cables, constructing new substations, upgrading existing equipment at substations, upgrading transformers, and installing smart switches, called "IntelliRupters," throughout the county.

Communities where local infrastructure projects are in progress or have been completed include Champaign, Mahomet, Savoy, St. Joseph, and Urbana.  For more information, visit
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