Building upon the unanimous regulatory approvals from Kansas and Missouri in 2019, Grain Belt Express will seek approvals to the extent necessary for expanded delivery to Kansas and Missouri as well as for beginning the first phase of project construction prior to Illinois regulatory approval. This will accelerate and enhance substantial economic development for Kansas and Missouri at a critical time for both states’ economies.
Grain Belt Express Final Route
The Grain Belt Express transmission line will span nearly 800 miles between Kansas and Indiana. Three converter stations will convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) and back again. Click or tap on the map to download a pdf version.
With input from thousands of Kansans collected at more than 30 meetings, the Grain Belt Express routing team refined potential routes and ultimately selected a route. In 2011, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) certified Grain Belt Express as a transmission-only public utility. View the 2011 Order. In 2013 it unanimously approved the route and granted Grain Belt Express a permit to construct the approximately 380-mile Kansas portion of the project. View the 2013 Order. The selected route minimizes the impact of the project on the natural and human environment in Kansas. Grain Belt Express amended its existing permit to accommodate an updated project schedule.
The Kansas Corporation Commission unanimously approved Grain Belt Express’ Siting Certificate Extension on September 26, 2019. View the 2019 Order.
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The Missouri portion of the Grain Belt Express route is approximately 200 miles across eight counties. The route was selected following an extensive public engagement effort; including nearly 40 meetings with landowners, stakeholders, and public agencies. The routing team employed an iterative selection process that involved phases of gathering information, outreach, route development, review and revision. The selected route minimizes the impact of the transmission line on the natural and human environment in Missouri.
Grain Belt Express is a public utility in Missouri. The Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) voted unanimously to grant Grain Belt Express a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) in March 2019, after a five-year public review process. Under the CCN the final route in Missouri is approved and the project is found to be in the public interest of the state of Missouri and its residents. View the 2019 Order.
Grain Belt already has a long-term transmission service agreement with the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) that will provide clean energy and $12.8 million in annual energy savings for 39 municipal utilities across Missouri.
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Having secured project siting approvals in Kansas, Missouri, and Indiana, Grain Belt Express is now beginning the process of pursuing state regulatory approval before the Illinois Commerce Commission. As part of this process Grain Belt Express is seeking landowner and community input through an extensive public meeting process in Illinois.
Grain Belt Express will provide more affordable, reliable power to Illinois and other states.
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