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Grain Belt Express Project - Clean Line


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UPDATE:  July 13, 2016 - The Missouri Public Service Commision rejected Clean Line's application for failure to provide 60 day notice prior to filing its application.  Read more here.

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On June 30, 2016, Grain Belt Express Clean Line applied to the Missouri PSC for a certificate of convenience and need to give it authority to construct and operate a 4,000 megawatt capacity high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line through Missouri from Kansas to Illinois.  A similar line was denied by the PSC in August 2015.  The Grain Belt Express line has been the subject to strong opposition from landowners and communities that will be physically impacted by the project. 

  • The proceedings before the Mo PSC can be found by following this LINK.
  • If you wish to make a public comment to the Mo PSC, follow this LINK. (Refer to Case/Tracking No. EA-2016-0358.)

WHAT is the project?


Clean Line is a Texas-based investment company that has proposed several lines of similar to the Grain Belt across the country designed to transmit wind-generated energy from the Plains States to Eastern portions of the Country where demand is higher.  To date, Clean Line has not constructed any of its proposed lines.  The Grain Belt Express is unique from traditional transmission lines in terms of the type and capacity of electricity it will carry.  

Traditional High Capacity

Transmission Lines

Grain Belt Express HVDC

Transmission Line

Capacity 345 kilovolt (kv) 4,000 megawatt (mw)
Type of Current Alternating Current (AC) Direct Current (DC)

There are currently no lines of this type or capacity in existence in the Western Hemisphere.  By way of comparison, recent transmission line projects in Northern Missouri include the Transource (KCPL) Midwest Transmission Line currently under construction and the proposed ATXI (Ameren) Mark Twain Transmission Line.  Both of these lines are 345kv that will transport alternating current. 

The Grain Belt Express project originates in Kansas (where the wind energy would be generated) and ends in Indiana, where the energy would be placed on the "power grid."  Clean Line has suggested that some Missouri municipal utilities may purchase some of the power as it passes through Missouri, but they are not bound to do so.  The project will cross 206 miles through a total of eight Missouri counties and across the land of hundreds of property owners.  An overview map shows the location of the line:

Grain Belt Express - Missouri Location Map

Clean Line has not committed to the size and type of pole that it will use for the project.  It may use mono (or single) poles or lattice structures illustrated below:

Clean Line Grain Belt Express Monopole Structure

Grain Belt Express Lattice Structure


WHEN is this project to be built?

Clean Line does not yet have necessary approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to begin construction on the project.  It is difficult to predict how long the PSC process will take, but Clean Line has indicated 2017 as a target to begin construction.  In the meantime, Clean Line agents have been contacting property owners for purposes of obtaining easement rights in case the project is approved.


HOW will this project affect me?


If your property is in the path of the Project, then Clean Line will need to acquire the right to build the transmission line on your property. In order to do so, it will have to purchase an easement from you. Those easements will be anywhere from from 150 to 200 fee wide.  Currently, all easements acquired by Clean Line are voluntary . However, if Clean Line obtains approval from the Missouri PSC, it may have the power to use eminent domain to force the easement on your property. Information on the eminent domain process, including your rights as a property owner can be found HERE on the Denlow & Henry website.

Transmission lines can have drastic impacts on the value of property. When electric companies run unsightly power lines over and through residences, farms and businesses, and place transmission towers on private property, they can destroy aesthetics and interfere with the use of the property by making it more difficult to farm or develop and sell land.

At Denlow & Henry, our attorneys understand the negative effects property lines and transmission towers have on our clients' properties. Over the years, we have successfully helped many Missouri property owners enforce their rights under eminent domain laws and obtain just compensation from electric companies.

 


What Are My Rights?


Many residential and commercial property owners do not realize they have a right to compensation for the electric lines and towers placed on their properties. If even a portion of your property is used by electric companies for their utilities, you deserve just compensation.

Just compensation includes not only the value of the property lost to electric utilities, but also damage done to the remaining property.

At Denlow & Henry, we have represented property owners against some of the state's largest electric companies and co-ops, such as Ameren-UE, Kansas City Power & Light and Sho-Me Electric Co-op. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.


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