Safer Power Lines
Ameren U-E says it will spend to improve power line reliability. Communities all over Missouri, including a few in mid-Missouri, will be on the receiving end of that investment. The decision to spend the money came after strong storms tore through parts of St. Louis last year, knocking out power to more than 500-thousand customers.
An Ameren spokesperson says these improvements will help prevent outages like that from happening again.
"Trying to prevent weather related problems, undergrounding can make a big difference in areas that are the most prone to weather related problems. So we're trying to harden our system, we're trying to make it more resistant to storm damage, and that in turn will mean better reliability for our customers," said Ameren U-E spokesman Mike Clearly.
Ameren plans to invest more than 7-million dollars in Cole county. In Randolph county, about 2-point-5 million, Miller and Audrain counties about 2 million.