Regulators begin hearings over proposed wind power transmission line

The Missouri Public Service Commission on Monday began hearing testimony over a proposed $2.2 billion transmission line that would bring electricity from Kansas wind farms across Missouri to population centers in the east.

Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners wants to build a 750-mile line that would deliver 3,500 megawatts to Illinois, Indiana and states farther east, and would make up to 500 megawatts available for Missouri customers.

Clean Line wants the PSC to grant it public utility status to construct the so-called “Grain Belt Express” line, but that has sparked opposition from some landowners and government officials who are concerned the company will use eminent domain to acquire farmland in the state.

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