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Landowner Update: Grain Belt Express Project Phasing Plan.

Grain Belt Express recently announced a plan to deliver more power and energy savings, benefiting more consumers throughout the Midwest. The project also plans to pursue construction in two phases. Phase 1 will move ahead of Phase 2 to begin delivering local benefits sooner. Learn more below about each project phase and what Grain Belt Express landowners can expect next. All plans are subject to regulatory approvals. 

Project Status

 

  • Phase One

    Location: Kansas to Northeast Missouri

    • All land parcels in Kansas on the approved high-voltage direct current (HVDC) route.
    • Will be ready to start full construction by the end of 2024.
    • All parcels along the Tiger Connector delivery link proposed in Monroe, Audrain and Callaway Counties in Missouri.

     

    Current Status

    Phase 1 will be ready to start full construction by the end of 2024, pending regulatory reviews. Voluntary easement agreements are complete for a substantial percentage of the Phase 1 approved HVDC route. Kansas and Missouri HVDC route landowners may contact their designated land representative for support.

    Survey and engineering field work is currently underway along certain Phase 1 route segments, with landowners being notified in advance for any expected work on their property.

    The Missouri Public Service Commission is currently reviewing Grain Belt Express’s proposed Tiger Connector route. A final decision, including on the route is expected in mid-2023. Grain Belt Express expects to begin outreach to Tiger Connector landowners in 2023.

  • Phase Two

    Location: Northeast Missouri to Indiana

    • All land parcels on the approved HVDC route between the Missouri converter station proposed in Monroe County to the Missouri-Illinois border.
    • All parcels along the Illinois route (pending approval).
    • All parcels in Indiana.

     

    Current Status

    A schedule for Phase 2 has not yet been announced but will follow Phase 1. We are fully committed to both project phases.

    Voluntary easement agreements are complete for a portion of the Phase 2 approved HVDC route in Missouri, east of the proposed converter station location in Monroe County, Missouri. Missouri landowners may contact their designated land representative for support.

    The Illinois Commerce Commission is currently reviewing Grain Belt Express’s application for a Certification of Public Convenience and Necessity, which identifies Proposed and Alternate Routes. A decision is expected in March 2023 that would identify a final route, in the case the Application is approved. Grain Belt Express expects to begin outreach to Illinois landowners in 2023.

    Survey and engineering field work is currently underway along certain Phase 2 route segments, with landowners being notified in advance for any expected work on their property.

Our Contractors, Working for You

Contract Land Staff (CLS) represents Grain Belt Express in conducting landowner outreach and easement negotiations for the project, a successful partnership of over two years. CLS land representatives are the primary contact for Grain Belt Express landowners and work to build trusting relationships. Their aim is to reach voluntary, fair and equitable settlements with every landowner. 

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Regulators have warned that aging energy infrastructure in the Midwest is struggling to keep pace with demand. Grain Belt Express will provide access to affordable, clean power for consumers across the Midwest and deliver billions in energy cost savings to Missouri, Illinois and the Midwest.

Grain Belt Express’s additional commitment to deliver more power to Missouri could not have come at a better time for businesses in our region who are facing increased risk for outages and higher energy bills due to more demand and less energy production.
Ray McCarty, Associated Industries of Missouri
You can’t have a strong business climate if manufacturers are worried about the reliability and cost of their power supply. There’s no question, manufacturers and the communities they support across our region will see significant benefits thanks to this essential investment.
Mark Denzler, Illinois Manufactures Association
[Grain Belt Express] will also be capable of moving electricity both directions, which could have helped mitigate the electricity crisis that hit the United States earlier this year. ‘Lines like Grain Belt Express could have been the savior’
Kansas City Star, April 12, 2021
Our area has been in need of transmission upgrades for some time. The Tiger Connector plan will be good for everyone in our area
Mark Petty, Kirkwood Electric Director
Modernizing our state’s infrastructure and ensuring affordability and diversity of energy supply are absolutely critical to improving Illinois’ business environment and strengthening our competitiveness. In contributing to both, the Grain Belt Express is a home run for Illinois.
Todd Maisch, President and CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
The savings from this project would be very important for our community. Growth has been tough…we’re losing jobs. Cheap renewable energy is key to not only maintaining the businesses we have but to give us some type of hope for growth.
Jeff Bergstrom, General Manager, Marshall Municipal Utilities 
This transmission line is one of the largest economic development projects in the entire state and will help power our towns, while saving every family and business in our communities a total of more than $12.8 million annually on our electric bills.
Missouri Public Utilities Alliance
In Chariton County alone, the Grain Belt Express project will add $1.3 million in sales and property taxes during construction and $8.7 million in property taxes… It will benefit citizens and promote a brighter future for our students and the students of all the school districts that stand to benefit in counties along the route.
Joshua Shoemaker, Keytesville, MO Superintendent
The reduced costs this will provide us is vital in our ongoing efforts to provide reliable utilities.
Nici Wilson, Odessa City Administrator

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