Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based company, will create hundreds of construction jobs in Missouri and 78 permanent jobs when it builds a wind-energy transmission line from western Kansas to utilities and customers in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The Grain Belt Express Clean will extend approximately 750 miles and deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power.
Clean Line announced that it will partner with companies in Missouri for materials to build the line. Michael Skelly, president of Clean Line Energy, said the construction would also benefit local suppliers and generate revenue for local areas.
Mike Downing, Missouri’s director of economic development, said the project would benefit the state by helping it increase renewable energy sources. About 500 megawatts would go to energy consumers in Missouri.
The increased demand for wind-energy created by the transmission line’s ability to transport power to customers farther afield will also help Missouri manufacturers in the industry, Downing said.