Spoon River Transmission Line

Index Map

A map of proposed routes from Ameren.

Stated Purpose:

The Spoon River transmission line is a project that will improve grid reliability, as well as provide connections for renewable energy. It was also one of the MISO multi-value projects (MVP) approved in 2011, that will not only help Illinois but the larger regional grid.

Line Capacity:

345 kV

Route Description:

The line will run from the Sandburg substation near Galesburg to the Fargo station near Peoria, Illinois. The project will consist of 45-55 miles of new transmission lines.

Development Timeline:

Starting in 2014, Ameren is holding meetings with communities to determine routing options. After these meetings, Ameren will submit routing options to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) in late 2014. The project was put into service in 2018.

Regulatory Process:

In March 2014, Ameren held focus groups in the project's study area to determine route options for the project. From April to June 2014, Ameren plans to have public open house meetings, providing community members the chance to view the route options. With information gathered from these meetings, Ameren will form a proposed and alternative route, which will likely be submitted to the ICC later in 2014.

The route that will be recommended to the ICC will avoid 13 acres of prairie, but the proposed route would cut through wooded areas near that prairie.

Once route options are submitted to the ICC, they will review the project. If the ICC approves the project, they will issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project.



Community Feedback:

The focus groups and open house meetings that Ameren is holding provide an opportunity for communities and landowners to offer insight into the project, as well as ask important questions or voice concerns about the project. The open house meetings will occur in April and June of 2014.

One potential impact of the project would be to the Knox Station Prairie near Galesburg. Although no route has been selected yet, the possible routes all affect the prairie, but Ameren notes that they will work to mitigate impacts.

Clean Energy Potential:

Ameren notes that the line will help improve access for renewable energy sources in the area, and also help the state of Illinois achieve its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 25% by 2025.

News Archive:

Ameren completes Spoon River Transmission Project February 25, 2018

Ameren project has farmers worried about their land December 2, 2015

Ameren to begin land purchases for new transmission line project November 21, 2015

ICC approves Ameren's Spoon River transmission line September 24, 2015

Ameren wins nod for $150 million transmission line September 18, 2015

Ameren secures approval to build $150m Spoon River transmission line in Illinois September 18, 2015

Spoon River Transmission Project Receives Final Approval from Illinois Commerce Commission September 17, 2015

Routes Proposed for Transmission Line Connecting Galesburg and Peoria September 22, 2014

Ameren CEO updates Illinois Rivers, Spoon River projects August 11, 2014

Possible Ameren Transmission Route Threatens Illinois Prairie June 24, 2014

Public comment needed on proposed electric transmission line April 30, 2014

Ameren seeks public input on new transmission line April 29, 2014

Ameren open houses highlight transmission line project April 28, 2014

Ameren plans new transmission line April 28, 2014

Your Thoughts:

We all know that clean energy transmission is vitally important to our energy future. It brings economic opportunity to rural areas, enables wind development and improves the reliability of your grid. But to build it properly - to create projects that work best for you and your community - requires your knowledge and participation. That's why we've created this database.

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