Missouri regulators reject wind transmission line proposal during rehearing

All eyes were on one item at Tuesday’s meeting of the Missouri Public Service Commission, waiting to see if the commission would change its stance and grant a rehearing in the case for Clean Line Energy’s proposed Grain Belt Express project. The proposed line, which had already been rejected twice by the PSC, would have transmitted wind power from western Kansas, across Missouri and other states, to eastern population centers.

It only took a matter of minutes for it to become clear that, as many expected, the PSC would not grant the company’s application. The motion served only one real purpose: to expend the options for putting the project back on track, thus allowing Clean Line to seek an appeal from the courts.

Following their decision, Mark Lawlor, Vice President, Development at Clean Line Energy, issued a statement:

“Today, Grain Belt Express Clean Line appealed the recent decision by the Missouri Public Service Commission denying approval of the transmission line despite the PSC’s determination that the project is in the public interest and will greatly benefit the State of Missouri.”

However, the PSC did sign off on Kansas City Power & Light’s annual fuel adjustment clause (FAC) true-up, approving the company’s tariff. It also approved a prudence review for KCPL and the order regarding Ameren Missouri’s FAC tariff.

Read more: The Missouri Times

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