New high voltage line would electrify three states

A new line of energy could be on its way to the Midwest.

Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois is seeking to build a 330-mile high voltage transmission wire across Illinois. The Illinois Rivers Project will be the first of its Grand Rivers projects to bring more reliability to power lines and incorporate renewable energy sources.

The line will help Ameren Corporation reach its requirement of providing 25-percent renewable energy by 2025, by bringing in wind-generated energy that can be transmitted from state to state.

Monday in Jacksonville, a community group heard details of the line that will stretch from Marion County, Missouri to Vigo and Sullivan Counties in Indiana. By law, it is required that Ameren host public forums in each of the affected counties. This meeting allowed people who live near the potential line sites to ask questions and voice their concerns.

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