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Grain Belt Express transmission line passes major regulatory hurdle

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Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the Grain Belt Express transmission project - a long-distance, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power line which will deliver large amounts of energy, including cost-saving wind power, to homes and businesses.
Grain Belt Express transmission line passes major regulatory hurdle

Additional commercial and regulatory steps remain before construction can begin, including approval of the acquisition of the project in Kansas and Missouri by Chicago-based sustainable energy developer and operator Invenergy. The Grain Belt Express project is expected to facilitate the growth of affordable wind power. Nationally, wind power is now the lowest cost source of new electricity generation on average.

Frequently, transmission lines do not reach some of the windiest parts of the country, which can generate wind energy at the lowest cost. Studies frequently find that connecting low-cost energy sources to homes and businesses through well-designed transmission projects provides significant benefits to consumers.

“Missouri’s Public Service Commission just handed consumers a big win by approving the Grain Belt Express project” said Amy Farrell, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “Upgraded and new transmission lines open up America’s low-cost clean energy resources for consumers and make our grid even more resilient.”

For additional information:

Missouri Public Service Commission

Grain Belt Express

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

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