Grain Belt Express Regulatory Time Line
A proposed timeline for regulatory consideration of a controversial high-voltage power line in Missouri is due Thursday.
The Grain Belt Express Clean Line would transmit electricity generated by wind power from Kansas through Missouri and Illinois to Indiana. The timeline would offer a general outline of public meetings across the state and a formal hearing before the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Randolph, Monroe and Ralls counties in Northeast Missouri and Pike County in West-Central Illinois are included on the 750-mile route. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the green light to the project, but it still must be approved by regulators in Missouri and Illinois.
Supporters say the line would create jobs, boost revenue for counties and schools, and reduce pollution. Opponents are concerned about land values, property rights and what they say is a lack of benefit to Missouri electricity customers.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has not scheduled a vote on the proposal.