Improving reliability in Webster Groves
Ameren Missouri is investing $9M in the Webster Groves community. It includes moving power lines from older wooden poles to the tall, metal transmission towers along I-44. We are also removing and sometimes replacing the wooden power poles that run along the railroad. Additionally, we are adding smart technology that automatically detects an outage and isolates it. This means outages can go from hours to minutes and even seconds. The work will support reliability for nearly 15,000 homes and businesses including Webster University and the City of Kirkwood. The city of Kirkwood is a wholesale customer of Ameren Missouri and this project also improved reliability for their customers.
In 2018, the Missouri legislature passed important legislation that allows work like this to happen. That legislation created the Smart Energy Plan. Last year, the legislature extended and expanded the provisions of Ameren Missouri's Smart Energy Plan. Thanks to the Smart Energy Plan we are able to invest in upgraded and smart technology for the communities we serve.