3 months, 2 weeks ago by Bob Gough
The 345,000-volt line would run from Quincy to the Indiana border near Terre Haute
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State energy regulators have approved a major new Ameren power transmission line that could affect as many as 8,400 landowners, depending on the final route taken across central Illinois.
Members of the Illinois Commerce Commission voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve all but a 30-mile section of the $1 billion Illinois Rivers Project. The 345,000-volt line — transmission lines typically range from 138,000- to 345,000-volt capacity, according to industry data — would run from Quincy to the Indiana border near Terre Haute. Nine substations would be built or expanded, including at Pawnee.
But commissioners said more information was needed to approve the 30-mile piece southeast of Springfield between Pawnee and Pana.
“The commission concluded the new transmission line is needed to provide adequate, reliable and efficient service,” an ICC statement said, “and will promote a competitive electricity market by bringing in additional renewable energy resources.”