Another Illinois Ameren Powerline Gains Federal Approval

In a press release by Ameren Corporation, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission approved this week the Spoon River Project, 70 miles of new 345-kilovolt transmission line from Oak Grove to Galesburg and continuing near Peoria.

The Spoon River Project is part of the $1.3 billion worth of projects approved by the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. board in December 2011. The other two are the Mark Twain Project in Missouri and the Three Rivers Project in Illinois, which gained approval from FERC in 2011 and is currently up for approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

FERC approval of the Spoon River Project signifies the formal beginning of the project, and citizens can expect to see public meetings from Ameren in the next year or so.

Sever Storey has maintain close monitoring of this and other proposed Ameren projects in Illinois. In all likelihood, Ameren will need to utilize eminent domain authority–granted by the ICC–to acquire land for this and other projects. Our Illinois Representative, attorney Jordan Walker has been the lead man on these projects, among others.

If you think you may be affected by the Ameren Spoon River Project or would be interested in a free Sever Storey speaking arrangement contact our office at any time at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at

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