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Ameren moves forward with upgrades

Earlier this year Ameren Missouri announced its largest energy infrastructure upgrade plan in the company’s 100-year history.

The plan includes 2,000 infrastructure projects throughout Missouri over the next five years, including the Research Park Substation Project. Part of Ameren Missouri’s Smart Energy Plan, the substation is predicted to increase energy service reliability for nearly 40 commercial and industrial customers in St. Charles County.

According to Ameren, substations are built to meet greater energy demands as communities grow and economic development increases. Residential customers in the area also will experience greater reliability.

The Research Park Substation will be connected to the existing Weldon Springs Substation via cables beneath Interstate 64/Hwy. 40.

Upgrades to the existing overhead line include new smart technology that is expected to help reduce power outages and more quickly restore power in the event of a service interruption. Ameren predicts that new poles and wire will better withstand severe weather and high winds.

The $12.6 million substation will go into service in late June.

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