Case Study: Ameren Illinois is a regulated electric and gas delivery company based in Collinsville, Illinois, and a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, located in St. Louis, Missouri. It delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers and natural gas to 806,000 customers over a service territory spanning 43,700 square miles in central and southern Illinois — about three-quarters of the state.
Ameren Illinois subscribes to 10 licenses of Schneider Electric’s MxVision WeatherSentry Online® Utility Edition weather information service. This service was being used by the utility’s sister company, Ameren Missouri, and Marx describes the solution as a “natural progression” for Ameren Illinois. He chose the service’s Professional Package, which includes real-time lightning display and detection; patented, customizable alerts; and 24/7 online consulting with Schneider Electric’s professional meteorologists. The utility also added telephone consultation and expanded lightning-radius information that provides real-time detection and display of lightning up to 250 miles away.