Ameren has tasked Volkert with obtaining easements for telecommunication devices from approximately 3,500 property owners throughout Illinois to improve service, build reliability, and lower energy costs. To accomplish this goal, Ameren is working closely with electric cooperatives around Illinois to add these devices to existing electric cooperative poles. Each device placed on a cooperative pole is labeled with a GIS coordinate supplied by Ameren and approved by the cooperatives. Volkert is providing title review, GIS services, and negotiations services.
Volkert helps to explain how the AMI initiative implements wireless communication between the natural gas and electric meters into the existing utility system to the property owner.