For grid resiliency, Midwest utility joins others in sharing critical transmission equipment

A major Midwestern energy company has joined a regional effort to share critical transmission equipment when the power grid needs it most. Ameren Corp. — which includes Ameren Illinois, Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois and Ameren Missouri — announced last month it was joining the RESTORE (Regional Equipment Sharing for Transmission Outage Restoration) program, a privately organized, binding agreement to share transmission transformers in the wake of a disaster. Ameren is now one of 28 companies that span the Southeast, Midwest and Appalachian regions participating in the program.

St. Louis will gain electric buses through Ameren legal settlement

As a result of a legal settlement reached last week, Ameren Missouri will provide between $1 million and $2 million towards the electrification of buses in the St. Louis area. Some of the settlement funds may also go towards a community solar project that Ameren is considering developing. On Thursday, Ameren agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club in January, 2014, which alleged that the particulate emissions from several of Ameren’s coal-fired power plants were in violation of federal and state clean-air rules. The Sierra Club is a member of RE-AMP, which publishes Midwest Energy News.