A new Ameren substation that was built across from the former Dixon Distributing building in Godfrey has been live since early July, but parts of the bigger picture are still being worked on. The $5.5-million project was built to handle the increasing demand in the area, and crews are still placing new power poles and lines along West Delmar Avenue.
Ameren Spokesman Brian Bretsch says this project ties in to other system-wide upgrades as the utility preps for Smart Grid technology in this area.
He says substations are basically a series of transformers, which regulate the power being sent down the line to individual customers. In this case, the voltages are being reduced before being sent out.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.