Grain Belt Express transmission line project gets new chance

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July 20 (Renewables Now) - The Missouri Supreme Court this week ruled that state regulators should reconsider their rejection of Clean Line Energy Partners’ Grain Belt Express transmission line project.

The court has decided that the Missouri Public Service Commission had erred in denying approval to the project by relying on an earlier case because the wording was different. The ruling allows the commission to greenlight the project even before each of the counties along the Missouri route of the transmission link have approved it.

The Grain Belt Express Clean Line project is planned to deliver up to 4 GW of wind power produced in Kansas to states in the eastern US. The 780-mile (1,255 km) overhead power line is planned to transport up to 500 MW of wind power from western Kansas into Missouri and up to 3,500 MW to states farther east. Regulators in Kansas, Illinois and Indiana have already endorsed the scheme, the investment in which is estimated at USD 2.3 billion (EUR 1.97bn).

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.857)

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