The Grain Belt Express transmission project will carry an abundant harvest of low-cost homegrown clean energy from the Great Plains to millions of Americans in the Midwest and other regions. The line is routed to minimize impacts on existing land use and natural and cultural resources. The final route was determined through an extensive stakeholder input process, and Grain Belt Express will continue to work with landowners, communities, state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders throughout the easement acquisition process.
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.
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.
Grain Belt Express will have the capacity to deliver up to 2,500 megawatts (MW) of power to Kansas and Missouri. 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 per year in annual energy cost savings to 39 Missouri cities.
Grain Belt Express used information gathered at more than 40 meetings to select the approximately 200-mile project route in Illinois. Grain Belt Express does not have a pending or proposed regulatory filing in Illinois and is evaluating options for the project in the state.