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Ameren Relying On Mutual Assistance To Fight Big Power Outages

When a massive weather event happens, or a natural disaster, it’s important to have power right away. Electricity is something that we can take for granted, and when trouble strikes the quicker you can get it the easier you can start to get back to normal. That’s why Ameren Electric has a team ready to go at a moment's notice. 


Ameren Illinois is a voluntary member of the electric power industry's mutual assistance network through Edison Electric Institute (EEI). When called upon, a company will send either company employees, contractors, or both, along with specialized equipment to help with restoring power by borrowing employees from other areas to come help. Communications Executive, Brian Bretsch, says that the mutual assistance workgroup comes together to help assess the damage and get things fixed relatively quickly.



Bretsch says it’s nice to have that support, but they are also ready to go anywhere else from here in Illinois, even if that means Puerto Rico.



There is also some significant morale boosts for having help from others to get things restored quicker.



Bretsch says this is done in-house and it’s done quickly.



To learn more about the Ameren Mutual Assistance Network click here.

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