Ameren transmission project approved by ICC

By WEEK Reporter

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM CDT

The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a billion dollar Ameren Transmission power line project.

The Illinois Rivers Project's new transmission lines would stretch 330 miles across Central Illinois.

Because these are new high-voltage lines being built, some 8400 Illinois landowners could be affected.

Ameren says the new 345,000-volt line is needed to improve reliability as well as a growing demand for electricity and access to renewable energy.

Part of the line would run to Ipava in Fulton County.

But the ICC didn't give Ameren everything it wanted, rejecting thirty-miles of the proposed transmission line south of Springfield. Indicating Ameren hadn't sufficiently shown a need for that section of the line.

Ameren could appeal that part of the decision.

Next comes getting Right-of-way from all those property owners across the state.

Construction could begin by April of 2015.

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