State regulators to hold hearings over $2.2 billion wind power line

The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold evidentiary hearings this month over a wind power transmission line that would cost $2.2 billion to construct and would deliver some 3,500 megawatts of electricity to the Midwest and East from a wind farm in southwest Kansas.

Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners in March submitted an application to the PSC to obtain a certificate of convenience and necessity. If approved, that application would give Clean Line clearance to “construct, own, operate, control manage and maintain a high voltage, direct current transmission line and an associated converter station.”

It would also give Clean Line the jurisdiction to use eminent domain to obtain property to construct the transmission line, which is one of the major points of contention for those who oppose the line.

Clean Line would cover the costs of development, construction and operation of the project in anticipation of recouping those costs by selling transmission service both to wind power generators and utility companies.

The PSC approval process requires an extensive investigation process. PSC hearings for the project will take place Nov. 10, 12, 14 and 21 in Jefferson City.

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