Missouri panel questions adding multistate wind energy line

4 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, June 02 2015 Jun 2, 2015 Tuesday, June 02, 2015 2:43:00 PM CDT June 02, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A panel of Missouri regulators has raised concerns with one company's request to construct a power line in Missouri for a multistate wind energy project.

Three of the five members of the state's Public Service Commission Tuesday spoke against plans for the Grain Belt Express, foreshadowing a likely order against it.

Clean Line Energy Partners' $2.2 billion project would transmit electricity from Kansas, across northern Missouri and Illinois to Indiana. Electricity would be available for Missouri utilities.

Commissioners cast doubt on whether access to more wind power was worth concerns raised by property owners. Others questioned the benefit to Missouri ratepayers.

The commission also Tuesday unanimously approved Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois to construct about seven miles of power line from Palmyra, Missouri to the Missouri state line.

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