The Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, a group of municipally owned utilities that pool their resources to buy power, has signed up for space on the Grain Belt Express, a cross-state transmission line that would carry wind power from Kansas to states further east.
The contract, which calls for up to 200 megawatts of transmission space for the Missouri utilities, could strengthen Grain Belt’s case with the Missouri Public Service Commission. Last summer, the state regulatory body rejected a plan to run the 780-mile line across Missouri.
The line, proposed by Houston-based Clean Line Energy, drew vocal opposition from rural landowners in Missouri. Members of the PSC said they weren’t convinced the project, which would deliver 500 megawatts to Missouri and 3,500 to other states, would benefit Missouri ratepayers.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch