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Ameren Missouri Plans Major Expansion of Wind, Solar Generation to Serve Customers

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Company also Establishes Goal to Cut Carbon Emissions by 80 Percent

Ameren Missouri announced today a forward-thinking plan to dramatically increase the amount of wind and solar generation to provide cost-effective and sustainable energy for its customers.

Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), plans to add at least 700 megawatts of wind generation by 2020, representing an investment of approximately $1 billion. The potential exists to add even more wind generation in the coming years as a result of improving technology and economics, as well as renewable energy initiatives with large customers.

The company also plans to add 100 megawatts of solar generation over the next 10 years, with 50 megawatts expected to come online by 2025.

“This is Ameren Missouri’s largest-ever commitment to clean, renewable energy,” said Michael Moehn, president of Ameren Missouri. “We are committed to bringing our customers innovative solutions that are both cost-effective and environmentally responsible while maintaining the reliability our customers expect.”

Wind Generation

The new wind generation is expected to be located in Missouri and neighboring states using American-made turbines. The source, location and cost of the new wind generation is still under negotiation with several developers.

“We expect this tremendous growth in wind generation to provide great value to our customers, who will save money on energy costs,” Moehn said. “Because of significant advancement in technology, harnessing wind is less expensive than other forms of new generation.”

The planned generation is expected to be operational by 2020.

“We believe it is in our customers’ long-term best interest for Ameren Missouri to own this wind generation,” said Ajay Arora, vice president of environmental services and generation resource planning at Ameren.

Solar Generation

The addition of 100 megawatts of solar generation over the next 10 years is expected to be developed in multiple phases.

Planning is underway on two projects. Earlier this year, Ameren Missouri announced plans to build a solar generation facility at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. That facility is expected to be complete in 2018. A separate project creates partnerships with business customers to locate an Ameren Missouri-owned solar generation facility on their property.

“These innovative solar programs have great promise,” Arora said. “Moving generation assets closer to where the energy is needed most is one of the ways we’re making the grid smarter, stronger and more resilient.”

Carbon Reduction

Further, the company is establishing a goal of reducing its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 from the 2005 level.

“We are the first investor-owned utility in the state, and among the first in the country, to announce a carbon emissions goal of this magnitude,” Moehn said.

To meet this goal, Ameren Missouri is targeting a 35 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2030 and a 50 percent reduction by 2040 from the 2005 level. Since 2005, Ameren Missouri has significantly reduced emissions, including a 26 percent reduction in carbon emissions in 2016.

Specifics of Ameren Missouri’s plan also include:

  • Managing the largest, most comprehensive energy efficiency program in Missouri’s history. The plan consists of a comprehensive portfolio of programs for business and residential customers. The energy savings goal for the current three-year plan is 570,000 megawatt-hours, equivalent to the energy used by nearly 45,000 homes, and representing a carbon-emissions reduction equivalent to taking 115,000 cars off the street. These programs give residents and businesses tools to save money and help make costs more predictable.
  • Retiring over half of Ameren Missouri’s coal-fired generating capacity. This includes retiring the Meramec Energy Center in south St. Louis County by the end of 2022.
  • Addressing the need to transition to a smart energy grid that can support more renewable energy, universal and private solar and customers’ desire for more timely information. In the next two decades, the energy grid will be the lifeline for cleaner energy connecting hundreds, if not thousands, of small and regional renewable energy generators to the grid in real time while maintaining the energy reliability demanded by customers.

Ameren Missouri’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a 20-year outlook that supports cleaner energy in Missouri, was filed today with the Missouri Public Service Commission, and is consistent with Missouri’s Renewable Energy Standard. The IRP, which is filed every three years, examines electric customers’ projected long-term energy needs and describes Ameren Missouri’s preferred approach to meeting those needs in a cost-effective fashion that maintains system reliability.

“The IRP is developed with the input of a wide variety of stakeholders and is consistent with Ameren’s goal of transitioning its energy generation in a responsible fashion to ensure reliability while keeping customer rates affordable,” Arora said.

In order to add these resources to its generation portfolio, Ameren Missouri is required to seek certificates of convenience and necessity from the Missouri Public Service Commission for projects located in Missouri and to obtain interconnection agreements so that it can use transmission services of the appropriate Regional Transmission Authority.

More information can be found at AmerenMissouri.com/IRP.

About Ameren Missouri

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

MC Industrial & Ameren Missouri Launch Phase One of Bagnell Dam Anchoring Project

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Warren Witt & Mike Hartwig

MC Industrial, Inc. a McCarthy Holdings company, and Ameren Missouri recently announced the official launch of phase one in reconstruction work of the Bagnell Dam, located in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

MC Industrial was selected by Ameren Missouri as the general contractor for the Bagnell Dam Anchoring project, a $52 million investment in major structural and anchoring upgrades on the dam. The project team mobilized on site in March for the 18-month project, and began construction work in April with the first of three work phases:

  • Installation of 68 new post-tension anchors to help hold the dam to the underlying bedrock.
  • New concrete added between the highway piers to add weight to the dam.
  • New concrete overlay to replace worn and cracked concrete on the east and west sections.

“We have worked with Ameren on multiple power projects and are honored to be leading construction on this significant and exciting hydropower project for Ameren,” said Mike Hartwig, MC Industrial project manager. “The MC Industrial team’s expertise in heavy civil and major dam rehabilitation ensures a safe and high quality project outcome, as well as the long term sustainability of Bagnell Dam, which provides clean energy to the surrounding community.”

Construction work will go by section of the dam, with most of this year’s activity taking place on the west side of the dam.  Construction work has been scheduled for weekdays during daylight hours to maximize convenience to lake-area residents and vacationers.

“This project is about keeping this vital asset providing clean energy in the long-term, using the best possible engineering available today,” said Warren Witt, director of hydro operations at Ameren Missouri. “Osage Energy Center just marked its 85th year in service. Completing this project will ensure it operates reliably and safely, affording the quality of life for hundreds of thousands who enjoy all that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer each year.”

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. 

MC Industrial is a national construction firm, dedicated to the highly-specialized needs of the industrial marketplace. 

Ameren Missouri Proposes Plan for Solar Panels at Lambert Airport

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Energy produced will benefit customers

 

Ameren Missouri is taking off on a forward-thinking plan to increase the amount of solar energy available to customers. Today, the company announced plans for a new solar generation facility to be built at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Energy produced there would be available for its customers through the Community Solar Program.

“What better way to showcase that we’re a progressive region committed to finding innovative solutions to energy generation than by placing a large solar field at the airport,” said Mike Mueller, vice president of economic and technology development at Ameren. “Ameren Missouri continues to lead the way by investing in more clean energy delivered reliably and affordably to our customers.”

Customer Choice
The plan calls for Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), to build up to a one megawatt facility at Lambert. Once the plan is approved by city officials and state regulators, Ameren Missouri customers can sign-up for blocks of solar generated energy.

“This is a simple solution for customers to take part in solar generation,” said Dan Lidisky, director of technology and renewable development at Ameren. “Nothing is installed on a customer’s roof, and the experts at Ameren Missouri take care of maintaining the solar panels.”

The airport is an ideal location for solar panels. There is an abundance of open land that would otherwise go unused. Panels would be positioned away from runways and out of the line-of-sight of pilots taking off or coming in for a landing.

“We’re proud to be a part of this proposed project because St. Louis Lambert International Airport is heavily focused on impactful, environmentally sustainable projects and this is another positive piece that aligns with our mission,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, airport director.

How it Works
The program will be open to all Ameren Missouri residential and small business customers. Once the subscription period opens later this year, interested customers can sign up for 100 kilo-watt-hour blocks of solar generation capacity. Customers can subscribe for the equivalent of up to half of their average electric usage based on the previous 12 months’ usage. A limited number of blocks will be made available, at a price yet to be determined. Once the program is fully subscribed, construction will begin. Solar generation could start as soon as next spring. Customers interested in the program can go to AmerenMissouri.com/communitysolar for more information.

“Based on what our customers are telling us, we believe there is a strong interest,” Lidisky said. “Only those who sign up for the program will pay the cost related to installation of this new solar generation facility.”

Long-Term Plan
Ameren Missouri is focused on adding 500 megawatts of new renewable energy generation. In addition to this solar project, Ameren Missouri recently launched a second solar program targeted at businesses interested in hosting solar generation on their property. The company currently operates the 5.7 megawatt O’Fallon Renewable Energy Center, which is capable of producing nearly 8 million kilowatt-hours of energy from the sun’s rays each year.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.

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