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Ameren Illinois Recognized for June Storm Power Restoration

Ameren Illinois, a leading energy provider, has been recognized by the Edison Electric Institute with an Emergency Response Award for its commendable efforts in restoring power to nearly 200,000 customers following June's damaging wind and thunderstorm. The award was presented at the EEI's recent winter membership meeting.


Ameren Illinois activated its Incident Management Team at 1:00 p.m. on June 29th to support restoration activities, coordinating around-the-clock efforts for service restoration, logistical support, and communications. Ameren's swift response was attributed to investments made in the electric grid over the last decade, resulting in a more reliable and resilient infrastructure.


On June 29th, 2023, a derecho, or a severe weather event, left a 500-plus-mile stretch of damage across several Midwest states, impacting Ameren Illinois' service territory. The storm brought wind gusts of 100 mph, spawned tornadoes, and caused substantial damage to the electric infrastructure, resulting in thousands of power outages.


Within the first few hours after the storm passed, Ameren Illinois reported significant damage, including 256 damaged or destroyed power poles and several damaged substations. The peak number of outages reached approximately 182,000 customers over a three-hour period, making it the most significant outage event in the company's last 15 years.


Lenny Singh, President of Ameren Illinois, stated, that the investments are paying off, and Amaren customers are seeing the benefits of a more robust grid. Despite receiving the award, Singh revisits the need to continue planning and investing in technologies that strengthen the system against more frequent and severe weather events.


In accepting the award, Singh brought up the importance of ongoing planning and investment to "storm-harden" the system, ensuring it can exceed customers' expectations in the face of future weather challenges. Ameren Illinois remains committed to providing reliable and resilient electricity to its customers, contributing to the overall stability of the electric power industry in the United States.

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