Moving power from the Knox County area to Peoria County is currently under consideration through a new transmission line.
That’s why Ameren Transmission Company hosted a public event Monday that sought the input of those most affected by the Spoon River Transmission Line Project. The company is proposing that between 45 and 55 miles of transmission line be built, depending on the route, which will support 100 construction jobs.
Although the proposal is being brought forward by Ameren Transmission, the Illinois Commerce Commission ultimately has the final say.
Senior Communications Associate Leigh Morris says that if they don’t build the transmission line, somebody else will.
“We do not have routes, we haven’t selected any yet, and the input that will be provided to us, is going to help us come up with the best possible routes,” says Morris.
If everything goes to plan, construction should be completed in 2018. Property purchased from area landowners would continue to allow them to use the property for farming, but no trees or other permanent structures could be built in the easement. Morris says no project can be built without impact.
“Our challenge is, is okay, we listen, how do we go about minimizing? How do we go about making this compatible to everything else that’s going on in this region?” says Morris.
Ameren is attempting to solve the challenge of meeting the renewable portfolio standard by producing power in areas further west, but supplying the power to denser populations from Illinois to Ohio.