Ameren Missouri seeks new transmission line

Monday, December 24, 2012

Ameren Missouri has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking permission to install, own, operate and maintain a new 345,000-volt overhead electric transmission line in Cape Girardeau County.

According to the application, the transmission line is part of a larger project that includes the construction of a new substation, the Heritage Substation, located west of Cape Girardeau and upgrades to the existing Lutesville, Wedekind and Cape Girardeau, substations.

The project includes the construction of approximately two miles of a 161,000-volt line. The Lutesville to Heritage transmission line project is estimated at $55 million to $75 million. It was the subject of public meetings in Cape Girardeau this fall. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014 with the line in service by December 2015.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed by Jan. 2, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, MO 65102, or by using the Commission's electronic filing and information service.

Individuals who would like to submit comments to the Office of the Public Counsel may do so at P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, MO 65102-2230, telephone 1-866-922-2959, email opcservice@ded.mo.gov or the Public Service Commission Staff, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, MO 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, email pscinfo@psc.mo.gov. The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the general public in cases before the Public Service Commission.

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