Ameren Illinois has exceeded its yearly reliability performance goals required by state law. In 2012, the company began pumping billions of dollars in improving electric service reliability. Since then, advanced technology has been put into place to strengthen electric system performance throughout Southern Illinois.
Ameren spokesman Brian Bretsch says the upgrades that have been put in place help keep the power on.
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In Alton, the utility recently replaced 2,000 feet of high-voltage distribution lines along West Delmar in preparation for a new multi-million dollar substation being constructed on Homer Adams Parkway. A $5.5 million substation was also completed last summer using new technology that will be able to detect outages quicker and get customers back on sooner.