QUINCY -- Ameren Illinois has added new smart technology to reduce outage times in Quincy, while the company storm-hardened the energy grid in Brown County between Mount Sterling and Versailles.
Three outage detection devices, known as IntelliRupters, were installed onto circuits that feed residential and businesses from the 500 block of Jackson to the 800 block of Jackson and over to the 1700 block of Adams. These devices sense faults in the flow of electricity and identify circuits from which power can be rerouted to reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.
Last year, Ameren Illinois added three IntelliRupters to the energy grid in southeast Quincy.
In Brown County, Ameren Illinois replaced every fourth or fifth power pole with a fiberglass pole along a five-mile stretch from Mount Sterling to Versailles to fortify the grid against strong winds. Twenty-two poles were replaced.
"These projects are a key step in our long-range plans to construct a smarter electric grid to meet our customers' growing needs," said Chad Cloninger, director of division operations for Ameren Illinois serving Adams and Brown counties.
Cloninger said the company is in the engineering and design phase to add energy capacity to its 34th Street and Harrison substation on the southeast side of Quincy. The work is part of a multiyear initiative to modernize the energy delivery system.
Since 2012, Ameren Illinois has completed hundreds of projects, adding new technology, and strengthening poles, wires and distribution equipment. As a result, reliability has improved by an average of 17 percent.
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers throughout central and southern Illinois.