June 7 (Renewables Now) - The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) said on Wednesday it has approved Invenergy Transmission LLC’s request to acquire Clean Line Energy Partners’ Grain Belt Express transmission line project.
The Grain Belt Express Clean Line 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 link will be able to transport up to 500 MW of wind power from western Kansas into Missouri and up to 3,500 MW to states farther east, with Missouri getting up to 250 MW.
The authorisation for Invenergy’s acquisition was given with a 5-0 vote in which the PSC stated that allowing the purchase “is not detrimental to the public interest.” The proposed deal will be subject to landowner protections and other conditions described in the project’s certificate of convenience and necessity.
Missouri gave its nod to the USD-2.3-billion (EUR 2bn) Grain Belt Express Clean Line scheme in March, while previously it was endorsed by regulators in Kansas, Illinois and Indiana.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.888)