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Ameren Transmission Line Green-Lighted
Ameren Transmission Line Green-Lighted

Regulators have signed off on a new transmission line that’d cut through central Illinois.

The Illinois Commerce Commission approved all but 30 miles of Ameren’s Illinois Rivers Project. The $1 billion, 380-mile transmission line would run through 19 counties, traveling from Quincy to the Indiana border. It would affect about 8,400 landowners.

The ICC says it still wants more information before signing off on a 30-mile stretch of the project that would run between Pawnee and Pana. An ICC spokesman says the utility is reviewing the decision but will likely ask for a rehearing on the excluded stretch. Construction could begin in 2016.