Grain Belt Express backers file for appeal with Missouri Supreme Court

The company behind a rejected plan to run a wind transmission line across part of Missouri is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to take up its case.

Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, the company proposing the Grain Belt Express transmission line, on Monday filed an application for transfer of an appeal, following the Missouri Public Service Commission’s rejection of a request for a rehearing.

Clean Line has been attempting to receive a certificate of convenience and necessity for years. Its request has been denied by the PSC. The latest denial came after a recent court decision, Neighbors United Against Ameren’s Power Line v. PSC, which the commission said ties their hands in the matter. The commissioners, while rejecting the CCN, made it clear that were it not for the court ruling, the CCN probably would have been granted.

With its application Monday, Clean Line is asking the Supreme Court to intervene, citing the immediate financial impact the project’s delay could have on consumers and taxpayers, as well as the decaying effect the ruling has on the PSC’s authority in determining whether utility projects are in the best interest of the state.

Read more: The Missouri Times

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