Ameren Missouri will build a $21 million operating center to serve customers in North St. Louis and surrounding communities, the utility announced Thursday.
The North Metro Operating Center will house close to 70 employees and replace the adjacent Geraldine Operating Center, which served the area or more than 60 years. The North Metro is expected to be completed by December 2020.
“Ameren Missouri is committed to creating stronger communities where we work and live, which is why we are reinvesting in North St. Louis by building the new North Metro Operating Center next door to our current facility,” said Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri. “The new, larger facility was needed to continue to meet our customers’ service reliability needs in North St. Louis and surrounding communities. A project of this magnitude requires collaboration and partnership with a number of stakeholders, including local government officials, community leaders and a host of diverse contractors.”
The utility has more than 60 operating centers throughout its service territory within the state of Missouri. The centers are localized hubs for hundreds of workers who perform electric system repairs, major upgrades or storm restoration.
Some 500 construction workers and 20 suppliers will be needed to build and complete North Metro project, according to Ameren Missouri. The site is being prepared for the start of construction, preceded by demolition of a warehouse and excavation of the terrain.
The North Metro Operating Center is part of Ameren Missouri’s Smart Energy Plan, which includes thousands of infrastructure projects throughout the state to upgrade the grid. The utility filed its $5.3 billion five-year plan with Missouri regulators earlier this year.
Ameren Missouri provides electricity to more than 1.2 million customers in the central and eastern regions of the state.