Ameren Illinois has unveiled its new training facility in Belleville, built on 11.5 acres along Illinois Route 15 just east of Green Mount Road.  It's the former site of a lumber company, which has been re purposed over the past two years.  Company Spokesman Brian Bretsch says up to 100 workers will train in this facility on the latest smart grid technologies and electric and gas techniques at any given time.

Bretsch comments
Electric service training will focus on line work for those responsible for maintaining Ameren Illinois' nearly 46,000 miles of electric distribution lines; smart grid training to support the advanced technology and automated equipment that will be deployed to improve the reliability and efficiency of the electric distribution system; and electrical relay training to support the new advanced relay systems that will be a critical component in maintaining distribution system reliability.

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