Deadline passed for appeal to build Grain Belt Express in Missouri
KINGSTON, MO - The deadline has passed for Grain Belt Express to appeal a denial to build a transmission line through Missouri.
Clean Line Energy, a Texas-based company, hopes to build the 750-mile power line that would gather wind energy from Kansas to Indiana.
In May, Clean Line Energy President Michael Skelly told KOMU 8 he expects the line to bring enough energy to power 200,000 Missouri homes.
"We're going to deliver a lot of clean energy," Skelly said. "As we move the country toward a cleaner energy mix we're going to be part of the infrastructure to make that happen. Along with that comes a lot of economic development from building the project."
The Missouri Public Service Commission denied Grain Belt's application in July.
Grain Belt had until Sept. 11 to formally appeal the decision to the Missouri Court of Appeals but did not file one.
Grain Belt stated it will continue trying to get permission to build.
"They will not accept ‘no' for an answer from the thousands of Missourians speaking out against the project, or the legal decision of our Commission," said Jennifer Gatrel from Block Grain Belt Express Missouri.
Clean Line Energy Director of Communications Sarah Bray told KOMU 8 the company did not think filing an appeal was in the best interest of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line project.
"We filed our application with the Missouri PSC over a year and a half ago. Since then, Missouri's demand for low-cost clean energy has continued to grow. We are evaluating our options in Missouri and continue to work on other development milestones. We're focused on getting our Illinois approval and on advancing our interconnection studies, for example. Our option in Missouri is to file a new application with the Missouri Public Service Commission. Supporters of this project know that the Grain Belt Express is too important to Missouri's energy future to not pursue," Bray said.
(Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the latest information.)