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Appeals court affirms Grain Belt project benefits electric customers in rural Missouri

Thursday, December 19, 2019  
Posted by: mpuaonline
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On the eve of the 2020 Legislative Session, the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District issued a ruling this week that reaffirms the Missouri PSC’s March 2019 grant of a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line Project. The ruling for the Grain Belt Express benefits 350,000 Missourians in rural communities across the state with low-cost, reliable energy.

“This is a big win for electric ratepayers in rural communities statewide,” said Ewell Lawson, MPUA Vice President of Government Affairs, Communications, and Member Relations. “Grain Belt will deliver lower cost energy to the state and provides an economic boost to these communities.”

Conservative estimates indicate there will be at least a $12.8 million in savings on wholesale power supply delivered annually to a group of 39 cities across the state, many of which are smaller communities in rural areas. About half of Missouri’s public power utilities, serving a population of greater than 350,000 people, will be impacted. The transmission line will generate more than $7.2 million in new tax revenue for eight Missouri counties. The proposed route will also benefit the state through approximately $500 million in direct investment to develop and build the project, without state subsidies.  

According to the court’s ruling, “The Public Service Commission (PSC) does have the authority to grant a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to the Grain Belt Express Clean Line Project (GBX) to establish a wind energy transmission line through Missouri...”.

“The Grain Belt project would extend an overhead and direct transmission line of about 780 miles delivering wind energy from western Kansas to utilities and consumers in Missouri and other states. It would extend through eight Missouri counties: Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Monroe, Randolph, and Ralls.”

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