Ameren Illinois

Ameren crews from southern Illinois are on their way to the east coast to help with power restoration after Hurricane Isaias.

The pandemic and accompanying stay-at-home orders have greatly affected many regional services, including utilities.

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order and the accompanying months of social distancing have greatly affected what buildings remain open, and where people spend their time. 

Modern life requires electricity, and more people at home has changed how it’s consumed.  Aleksi Paaso is the Director of Distribution Planning at ComEd.  He said the times of day in which people use the most electricity haven’t shifted, but the system’s still been affected.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A four-mile natural gas pipeline from Pittsburg to Johnston City in Williamson County serves about 30-thousand customers of Ameren.

Thursday morning, the utility hosted an open house at its storage field in Johnston City, which stores the gas underground to prevent Ameren Illinois from running out of the energy source.

Ameren says it made an error in sending out a letter to nearly 900 customers in Murphysboro indicating the city was increasing its municipal utility tax rate.

Energy Assistance Applications Start In October

Sep 26, 2019

The Low-Income Energy Assistance program for Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Monroe counties will begin taking applications on October 1st. Households whose income is up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to apply for the program, which will send a one-time payment to the utility provider

Applications for households with elderly and disabled residents begin on October 1st. On November 1st, households with children under 6 or households facing disconnection may apply. All other households can apply starting December 1st.

National Weather Service

Ten years after the devastating May 8, 2009 Super Derecho, utility companies in this region say they're working from lessons learned. 

Ameren Illinois Files for a Rate Decrease

Apr 18, 2019

Ameren Illinois customers may soon see a decrease on their monthly electric bills.

Spokesperson, Marcelyn Love, says the plan for the decrease was filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission Thursday.

Saturday, August 11th 2018, marks an awareness day for utilities across the country.

An official with the Rend Lake Conservancy District says the plant has been able to keep pace with demand and keep all tanks and towers filled since repairing a water main break.

General Counsel Larry Sanders says there are small leaks, which is common in all water systems. Sanders says no breaks have occurred in the system and all leaks are minor. He says no leak currently warrants doing anything more than monitoring.

While the water shortage with the Rend Lake Conservancy District is improving, the City of Anna is dealing with two water main breaks.


(Updated: 11:00am 5/18/2018) -- The broken water line at the Rend Lake Conservancy District has been repaired.

The Intercity Water Plant is pumping water into the system with two high service pumps. The lake intake and the treatment plant have returned to service.

The system will be on a boil water order until Intercity Water receives test results showing the water is safe to drink.

Ameren has agreed to disclose its plans to reduce the environmental and health risks of coal ash in Illinois and Missouri.

Company shareholders narrowly approved a proposal requiring Ameren to disclose any water contamination at its current and former coal plants during its annual meeting in Peoria Thursday.

Ameren will conduct a planned power outage starting late Tuesday night in the Franklin County village of West City.

Utilities across the country are taking time this week to warn customers about the threat of scammers.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative

A crew of four lineman from Egyptian Electric Cooperative in southern Illinois is helping restore power in the southeast after Hurricane Irma.

Before the hurricane made land, the local crew was sent to Alma, Georgia. The Egyptian Electric linemen are Ronnie Gill, Robbie Knop, Matt McElroy and Cody Lee.

Ameren Illinois says because of a new state law its customers are saving on their electric bill.

The Future Energy Jobs Act went into effect on June 1st and is expected to reduce Ameren Illinois residential customers' future bills by an average of $1.69 per month over 10 years.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Ameren Illinois Friday donated 50 air conditioner units to help low-income residents deal with the summer heat.

Ameren's senior director of division operations John Barud says the utility wants to be a good community partner by helping those in need cool their homes.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Ameren Illinois has some new tools to utilize in emergencies.

The utility gave the media a sneak peek Thursday into the technology its using to prepare for storms and respond to outages.

Jennifer Fuller/WSIU

Some electricity customers in southern Illinois are seeing a big jump in their supply rates - and consumer advocates are asking people to take action.

Ameren Illinois is seeking a more than $206 million rate hike to help pay for upgrades to its electricity power grid.

Ameren Illinois

One of the state's largest utilities is reminding power and natural gas customers to be ready for severe weather, particularly if the power should go out.

Quinn Vetoes Smart Grid Update

May 6, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn has put himself between big electric utilities and power consumers, vetoing legislation meant to pave the way for a rate increase by ComEd and Ameren. But it may be just a temporary setback for the utilities.

The legislation would allow ComEd and Ameren to get about $70 million more out of consumers every year.
Quinn says that, along with other rate increases the utilities are seeking, the average consumer would see an increase of $5-$6 a month.