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The Future Grid - Ameren Transmission’s Take

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The push for clean energy in the United States means there is a massive need for increased transmission capacity as more renewable energy is generated. In this episode of Grid Talk, we talk with Shawn Schukar who is the Chairman and President of Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois.

“We have increased the investment in our grid by nine to ten times what we were making 10 years ago,” said Schukar.

According Schukar, that’s just the beginning of what is needed to ensure reliability for a system in transition.

“There is no doubt we are going to need significantly greater investments in the transmission space if we’re going to transition to this, whether it’s 80% or 100% clean energy.”

The company is expanding its footprint by taking on projects outside its traditional service area. 

“We are looking at making transmission investments where we can utilize our skillsets and our capabilities to bring value to the customers.”

Mr. Schukar has more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry. He has led various Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois divisions. During his tenure with the company, including marketing; trading and asset management; transmission, distribution and generation management; engineering; regulatory and risk management; and business and corporate planning.

Mr. Schukar has a master's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he also earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering. 

Grid Talk is a podcast featuring the leaders and innovators shaping the 21st century grid. Hear the stories—in their own words—of how they are meeting the challenges and transitioning their businesses to operate successfully in a new era of evolving markets, changing regulations, higher customer expectation, increasing cybersecurity threats, demands for cleaner energy sources, growing customer-owned generations and emerging technology. The podcast is part of Department of Energy’s Voices of Experience, an initiative that supports grid modernization by sharing insights, lessons learned and advice on operating in a rapidly evolving industry.



About the Host

Grid Talk is hosted by award winning, energy journalist Marty Rosenberg. For nearly 40 years, Marty has been covering business, energy, finance, and technology. He was the Editor-in-Chief for EnergyBiz from 2004 to 2014. EnergyBiz was an award-winning national publication covering energy and utilities. Marty has been published in multiple media outlets including the New York Times, Huffington Post and USA Today. Marty plugs into the industry knowledge base to deliver critical information about the opportunities and challenges facing utilities today. The result is engaging conversations about modernizing our electric grid.

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