CAPE GIRARDEAU - As part of the ongoing effort to upgrade the performance of its distribution system, AmerenUE's SEMO Division has scheduled $9 million in new construction and service improvements during 2006
In 2005, AmerenUE's SEMO Division invested $4.2 million to increase reliability and capacity throughout the Division's 12-county service area of southeast Missouri.
In addition to those amounts, AmerenUE spent $3.6 million to construct a major new substation and two new feeder lines to provide additional capacity and improve reliability in the city of Farmington and surrounding area.
In the southern part of SEMO Division, one of the biggest projects was the replacement and upgrading of more than 2.5 miles of electric lines along Perryville Road in the north part of Cape Girardeau. This $300,000 project, which extended from Hanover Lutheran Church to Heuer Stables, is intended to provide more electrical capacity and boost reliability in that fast-growing area.
Other projects included:
* Installing new switching devices in Blodgett, Cape Girardeau, Chaffee, Dexter, Dutchtown, Hayti, Parma and Steele to provide improved control of electrical circuits and boost reliability.
* Replacing two miles of underground cable at Miner to improve reliability.
* Installing new regulating equipment in Holcomb to provide improved voltage control.
"AmerenUE's employees are committed to maintaining top quality service," said SEMO Division Manager Jean Mason. "We show that we care about the communities we serve every day by delivering energy reliably, safely and affordably."