A transmission line has finally been given the green light in Missouri.
It’s not the high-profile, 780-mile Grain Belt Express line that has hit snag after snag in its years-long quest for regulatory approval. Instead, Ameren’s subsidiary, the Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois, has been granted permission to proceed with its 100-mile Mark Twain Transmission Project in northeast Missouri, the state Public Service Commission ruled Wednesday.
The company aims to have the $250 million project in service by December 2019. Construction is planned to begin in April.
The PSC said its approval was supported by several factors. The commission ruled that the project’s benefits will outweigh transmission charges, it will likely lower electric rates in the state, and will help the state meet renewable energy goals by enabling the integration of wind power. It also said the project will generate “significant” property tax revenue for the rural counties along its path.
The project’s route will run from Palmyra to Kirksville and north to the Iowa border. In a statement released following the decision, Ameren said it completes “a critical link in the region’s energy infrastructure.”
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