Illinois Commission Warned Ameren of Outages in 2005

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Sunday, December 10 2006 Dec 10, 2006 Sunday, December 10, 2006 7:52:22 PM CST December 10, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ameren Corporation was warned a year ago that poor tree-trimming programs in Illinois could cause a major blackout. Two storms in the last four months caused blackouts that cut power to more than 500,000 Ameren customers. In both cases it took days for Ameren to restore power. An engineer with the Illinois Commerce Commission warned over a year ago that Ameren's tree-trimming shortfall could cause extended power outages after a storm. Ameren spokesman Susan Gallagher says the company disagrees with the engineer. Gallagher says Ameren complies with Illinois requirements for tree-trimming. Both Illinois and Missouri officials are investigating Ameren's response to the most recent blackout.

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