$2.5 billion transmission project gets the approval

After being rejected twice, Missouri’s Grain Belt Express transmission project finally receives the regulators’ approval. The 1256 km long and $2.5 billion worth transmission line will move wind energy from Kansas to the eastern United States.

Originally proposed by Clean Line Energy Partners in 2010, the Grain Belt Express would deliver wind energy from southwest Kansas to Indiana to serve cities in the East. The line would have 4,000 megawatts of capacity, with 3,500 MW sent to the Pennsylvania New Jersey Maryland (PJM) Interconnection grid and 500 MW delivered to eastern Missouri, part of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s grid.

The high-voltage, direct-current transmission project is representative of the challenge of building large interstate merchant lines connecting regional power grids.

Source: Energy News