Brittany Tedder

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Summer has arrived, and it certainly feels like it with temperatures in the 90’s. But with the high usage of air-conditioning within the St. Louis area, will there be any power interruptions?

Manager of distribution operating for Ameren Missouri, Kevin Anders says Ameren doesn’t anticipate any power interruptions.

“We invest in the electric system every year, we rebuild aging substations,” Anders says.

Anders says Ameren also curtails any kind of schedule maintenance at this time of year so that they have all available system capacity that they can.

Although no power interruptions expected, Anders says if it happens, Ameren is prepared.

“As equipment fails, we do respond in order to restore power when that occurs, but as far as proactive, it’s just an investing in the systems so that it’s robust as it can be,” Anders says.

Anders says the system load today is about 20 percent higher than it was last Monday, June 11, when temperatures were down in the 80’s so conserving energy during the next few days is not necessary.

“It’s still 15 percent lower than the peak we experienced last year when the temperature was up above 100,” Anders says. “So, there’s no need for people to curtail usage on a day like today.”


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