In 2014 Texas-based Clean Line Energy Partners proposed construction of the Grain Belt Express (GBE) high voltage, direct current (HVDC) transmission line to transmit wind power from Kansas to Indiana. In Missouri the proposed route would traverse Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls counties. In proceedings conducted by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC), MOFB participated as an intervenor in opposition to approval granting the power of eminent domain.
In 2015 the PSC denied Clean Line’s application for approval to proceed with GBE. However, in 2016 Clean Line reapplied. MOFB participated again as an intervenor in the PSC proceeding. In 2017 the PSC contended a Missouri appellate court ruling in a related case compelled them to deny the second application.
A contradictory ruling in 2018 by another Missouri appellate court brought the issue before the Missouri Supreme Court, which determined the PSC had misapplied the law in question and directed the PSC to reconsider its decision. With approval of another HVDC transmission line proposed by Clean Line denied in Illinois, GBE’s prospects remain uncertain.