6 days, 23 hours ago by Scott Hardy
Hearings on project expected to last all week
Missouri Public Service Commissioners are holding a second round of formal hearings in Jefferson City this week to consider approving the Grain Belt Express power line project.
The hearings, which got under way Monday morning, are the second attempt by Clean Line to get approval for the project, which would cut across Monroe and Ralls counties in Northeast Missouri. It also includes a converter station near Center, in Ralls County. The PSC rejected a similar request in July 2015, and Clean Line came back in August 2016 with a slightly altered version. The PSC staff has recommended the proposal be rejected. Clean Line wants to move electricity generated from wind farms in Kansas on the line, crossing Kansas, Missouri and Illinois, before ending in Indiana.
It’s opposed by landowners, who don’t want to grant eminent domain power to a private company.
The Commission is broadcasting the hearings from Jefferson City.