Illinois Rivers Project
Before we build a new transmission line, we seek input from area residents, community leaders, landowners and other stakeholders. To facilitate this process, we host a series of at least three (3) public meetings in each affected county..
We carefully consider the input we receive as we develop proposed routes for the new transmission line, paying special attention to siting sensitivities identified through the public meetings, as well as siting opportunities. We also must consider such factors as cost and design.
Typically, we identify two to three proposed routes. One is ultimately carried forward as our primary route. The others are viable alternate routes.
We file a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), requesting their review and approval of the project. If approved, the ICC will issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. The Commission shall issue its decision with findings of fact and conclusions of law granting or denying the application no later than 150 days after the application is filed. The Commission may extend the 150-day deadline upon notice by an additional 75 days if, on or before the 30th day after the filing of the application, the Commission finds that good cause exists to extend the 150-day period. Interested parties may become interveners in the case, allowing them to present evidence in support of or in opposition to the project or routing in the context of the evidentiary proceedings.
Filing: On Nov. 7, 2012, Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois filed a request with the Illinois Commerce Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct, operate and maintain the 345,000-volt Illinois Rivers Transmission Line. The ICC has assigned the following Case Number: 12-0598. You may follow this case at the ICC website: www.icc.illinois.gov/. Enter the Case Number – 12-0598 – at e-Docket.