The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has granted siting approval of final routes and substations for Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois (ATXI) to build the nearly 400-mile-long Illinois Rivers electric transmission project.
‘Today's action by the ICC is welcome news for Illinois,’ says Maureen Borkowski, chairman, president and CEO of ATXI. ‘This project will benefit the state's economy, create jobs and provide Illinois electricity customers greater access to a variety of low-cost energy sources, including wind energy.’
Last August, the ICC approved the need for the project and some of the project routes and substations. The 345,000-volt transmission line, using steel poles with a single shaft, will run from Palmyra, Mo., crossing the Mississippi River at Quincy. It will then run east past Meredosia, Pawnee, Pana, Mt. Zion and Kansas, ending at Sugar Creek, Ind., with additional lines running from Meredosia to Ipava and between the Sidney and Rising substations near Champaign. The project previously received approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc.
Substation construction is already under way on the $1.1 billion Illinois Rivers project, and line construction is expected to commence later this year.