AGL Resources Inc. (GAS), NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE), Ameren Corp (AEE): Mission For Transmission

Not to be outdone, Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEEannounced last week that Illinois regulators have approved Ameren’s own $1.1 billion electric transmission project. The 400-mile line will be the single-largest investment the utility has made in around 30 years, and should help to better connect (more reliably and efficiently) Illinois citizens to a diversity of power sources, including wind .

Transmission for the win?

As these companies show, transmission is increasingly important. But unlike energy investments, its model doesn’t rely on big up-front investments or a “jump and pray” approach to picking the future’s preferred energy source. Keep track of your dividend stock’s Billy Goat Gruff transmission investments, and you’ll be well on your way to sustainable earnings.

The article Is Your Dividend Stock as Tough as Billy Goat Gruff? originally appeared on Fool.com.

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