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Updates and Announcements
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.
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.
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 is a long-distance transmission line that will deliver renewable electricity generated in Kansas to neighboring “power pools” that serve consumers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and elsewhere across the Midwest. By delivering more affordable power into each “pool”, all consumers connected to that grid benefit, regardless of whether your local utility purchases power from Grain Belt Express.
Invenergy Transmission, an affiliate of Invenergy, a Midwest-based company with 20 years of experience solving energy challenges for our customers and communities.
Phase 1(All parcels in Missouri on the approved HVDC route from the Kansas-Missouri border to the Missouri converter station proposed in Monroe County) will be ready to start full construction by the end of 2024, pending regulatory reviews. A schedule for Phase 2 (All parcels on the approved HVDC route between the Missouri converter station proposed in Monroe County to the Missouri-Illinois border) has not yet been announced but will follow Phase 1. Land representatives will begin working with Phase 2 landowners on easement agreements in 2023.
The cost of Grain Belt Express is expected to be primarily paid for by customers of the line, including local utilities or large power purchasers. In Missouri, Grain Belt Express has signed transmission service agreements with 39 Missouri municipal utilities that are a part of the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC), bringing power to at least 350,000 electric customers in Missouri. Grain Belt Express has seen strong interest in the market and expects to secure additional customer agreements serving more local energy customers in MO, IL, IN and across the Midwest, prior to construction beginning.