Ameren Missouri‘s Smart Energy Plan is enhancing reliability and providing a smarter energy infrastructure throughout the Show-Me State. Many products and services being utilized for the plan are made in Missouri, by Missourians, for Ameren Missouri customers. In fact, 57% of the suppliers Ameren Missouri worked with in 2020 were Missouri-based.
In Cape Girardeau, 30 new padmount “green box” transformers, made at the Hitachi Energy (former ABB) plant in Jefferson City, are being installed by BBC Electric from Joplin, to enhance reliability for 300 Ameren Missouri customers. Projects like this are boosting economic development, and Ameren Missouri suppliers and contract partners are realizing growth as a result of grid upgrades across the state. Many of these suppliers are members of Ameren Missouri’s POWERforward Community Action Network and are supporting Smart Energy Plan projects by providing products, services or installation work in the field.
“The Smart Energy Plan has been a game changer for BBC Electric,” said James Farrar, superintendent, BBC Electric. “We’ve doubled our workforce and have invested in more equipment to take our company to a whole new level.”
“Our business is up 25%-plus,” said Mark Hemmann, account manager, Hitachi Energy. “We see great development opportunities to bring more people on board and grow our facility. We look forward to participating in Smart Energy Plan projects in the future.”
“Good jobs are the backbone of strong communities,” said Rick Eastman, senior legislative representative, Ameren Missouri. “Economic development in Ameren Missouri’s service territory helps keep costs stable and predictable. As companies expand, that added energy use helps to lower fixed grid costs for all customers.”
State Rep. Barry Hovis, District 146, was on-site to watch a Hitachi Energy transformer hoisted into position. “Electricity and the natural gas that homes and businesses use impacts people every day of their lives,” said Hovis. “Legislators that I work with support anything we can do in Missouri that’s going to bring more jobs and help make Missouri stronger.”