Illinois Approves Grain Belt Express Transmission Line

Developers of a proposed $2 billion transmission line say they are going to put the pressure on Missouri after Illinois regulators approved the multistate project…

Clean Line Energy will try again to persuade Missouri regulators to approve the 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Kansas through Missouri and Illinois to Indiana. The The Illinois Commerce Commission approved the Grain Belt Express route through their state a couple of weeks ago. Missouri is the only state currently blocking the project. In September, Clean Line Energy Partners missed the deadline to file an appeal with the Missouri Court of Appeals to reconsider the rejection of their line by the Missouri Public Service Commission. The PSC rejected the proposal in July, and later rejected a request to reconsider the project. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is among the groups in the state that support the project. But members of the group Block Grain Belt Express are concerned over the potential use of eminent domain to secure land for the transmission line. Clean Line says they would work with landowners in the proposed path to come up with a solution.