CLINTON — It’s been difficult for Clinton residents to miss the work going on at the Van Buren Street and Illini Drive Ameren substation. But, most people might not know just how big the project is.
Ameren has already started upgrading the transmission power lines from its South Bloomington Substation to Clinton Route 54 Substation. The project should be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting. Work will begin this spring to upgrade the Ameren Illinois transmission lines from Clinton Route 54 to its North Decatur Substation.
This portion of the project should be completed by December 2019, Ameren communications executive Brian Bretsch told the Clinton Journal on Wednesday.
The purpose of the work is to enhance reliability for customers, Bretsch said.
The transmission lines run parallel to Route 51 and will enhance customer service reliability and provide greater access to energy sources for McLean, DeWitt and Macon counties. The route covers nearly 43 miles and includes setting approximately 375 transmission power poles.
Inside the Clinton Route 54 Substation on Illini Drive, the work crews are installing additional equipment to add resiliency to the grid serving the community. This work is scheduled to be complete by June 1.
The company is currently building a brand new substation – Tabor Substation – north of town that will replace the North Clinton substation on Highway 54 to strengthen the reliability and flexibility of the energy system in the Bloomington, Decatur, Clinton, and surrounding communities.
“This project is a key step in our long-range plans to construct a more robust electric grid to meet our customers growing needs,” said Gussie Reed, Director of Division 3 Operations for Ameren Illinois. “We’re excited to bring these innovative enhancements to our customers in McLean, DeWitt and Macon counties.”
The enhancements are part of Ameren Illinois’ multi-year initiative to modernize its energy delivery system. Since 2012, the company has implemented hundreds of projects, adding new technology and strengthening poles, wires and distribution equipment. As a result, reliability has