Ameren Illinois
Utility optimizes response capabilities to severe weather
Ameren Illinois is a regulated electric and gas ...
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challenges to network operations. The utility’s
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Ameren Illinois: Utility optimizes response capabilities to severe weather

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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.

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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.

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Ameren Illinois: Utility optimizes response capabilities to severe weather

  1. 1. Ameren Illinois Utility optimizes response capabilities to severe weather 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. Like many electric energy providers, Ameren Illinois sees demand increasing across its service area. It is actively developing a 10-year Modernization Action Plan, or MAP, that identifies the thousands of distribution infrastructure upgrades and repairs that will yield a more efficient and smarter grid and assure the utility can meet its customers’ energy needs now and into the future. Challenges While Ameren Illinois is planning for a more reliable and efficient distribution network, weather continues to present typical wind, lightning, and icing Weather Decision Support Solutions PROJECT AT A GLANCE Project Type Operational weather solution Location Collinsville, Illinois Number of Residents Served 1.2 million electric customers 806,000 natural gas customers Applications Accurate, timely weather information and 24/7 consultation supporting response operations decisions Equipment Installed MxVision WeatherSentry Online® Utility Edition CUSTOMER BENEFITS • Effective resource planning • Efficient service restoration • Robust emergency support capabilities Make the most of your energySM
  2. 2. Weather Decision Support Solutions challenges to network operations. The utility’s large service area requires its operations support group to monitor a broad scope of upcoming weather, for proactive planning of the in-house and field personnel, equipment, and time needed to respond to potential network asset damage and service disruptions. As explained by Michael Marx, managing supervisor of Distribution Operating Support and director of the utility’s Emergency Operations Center, optimum response and restoration require that dispatchers and support staff be prepared, materials be accessible, and skilled crew be available for damage evaluation and repair. He adds that the utility also looks for accurate weather information for more-distant geographies, such as the Gulf Coast and East Coast, to have as much advance time as possible to plan for mutual assistance that might be needed by utilities in the path of severe weather. Solution 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. The Bottom Line The Ameren Illinois Emergency Operations Center staff takes full advantage of 24-hour access to its specified weather information and proactive alerts regarding wind speeds and ice accretion, all available via PC or smartphone and tablet devices. The staff incorporates the data and guidance provided by Schneider Electric’s meteorology team to identify areas at particular risk from severe weather. This assessment allows the Center to best prepare response. “It can cost us a lot if we’re wrong on the timing or location of severe weather,” emphasized Marx. “We ask a lot of detailed questions of the service’s meteorologists, frequently and often in the dead of night. They are always responsive and provide us with the details we need to make good decisions. I consider their efforts absolutely critical in our ability to plan operations and emergency response effectively — both within our own service territory and during those times we are considering sending our crews to assist others, wherever the damage might be.” Indeed, the effective response planning developed by Ameren Illinois and Ameren Missouri enabled both utilities to provide valued assistance — 120,000 man-hours of analysis and field work — in restoring electric service to New Jersey residents in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The utilities subsequently were honored by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) with the association’s Emergency Assistance Award, recognizing their extraordinary efforts in helping another utility company restore electric service disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. “I really do consider the Schneider Electric meteorological staff to be part of my EOC Team here at Ameren Illinois,” emphasized Marx. “If we didn’t have this group acting on our behalf, we would be incurring a lot more costs in resources and outage time. I can count on them to give me an accurate assessment of what they know and what they can reasonably predict, so we can provide the best service possible to our customers.” “We ask a lot of detailed questions of the service’s meteorologists, frequently and often in the dead of night. They are always responsive and provide us with the details we need to make good decisions.” Michael Marx, managing supervisor of Distribution Operating Support and director of the utility’s Emergency Operations Center Ameren Illinois ©2013SchneiderElectric.Allrightsreserved. May 2013 Schneider Electric USA, Inc. 9110 West Dodge Road, Omaha NE 68114 Telephone: 1-800-610-0777 Fax: 402-255-8125 www.schneider-electric.com/us

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