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Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at a 2012 event. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Former Missouri governor to argue energy case before state Supreme Court



In its latest push to win approval for a $2.3 billion plan to run a wind transmission line across part of Missouri, a renewable energy company has enlisted the state’s former governor.

Former Gov. Jay Nixon, now working as a private attorney after two terms as governor and 30 years in elected office, is scheduled to argue Tuesday before the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners.

The firm contends that Missouri’s Public Service commission, featuring commissioners appointed by Nixon, wrongly rejected its plan for the transmission line while relying on an incorrect court ruling penned by a judge Nixon appointed.

If Nixon’s side prevails, it would clear the way for a 780-mile transmission line that would transmit wind energy generated in western Kansas, across Missouri and Illinois, to population centers further east.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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