Regulatory Approvals

Clean Line is working state by state to seek the regulatory approvals necessary to operate as a utility in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The Grain Belt Express Clean Line is a regulated public utility in Kansas and Indiana and anticipates becoming a regulated public utility in Missouri and Illinois. Approval from these state regulatory bodies will allow the Grain Belt Express Clean Line to construct, operate, and maintain the transmission line under each state's jurisdiction. After Grain Belt Express Clean Line receives the appropriate approvals for each state, we will begin surveying and other pre-construction activities and complete environmental permitting. We hope to begin construction in 2017, and the line could begin transmitting electricity as early as 2019.

KansasKansas

The state regulatory process in Kansas requires two primary approvals to site and construct the Grain Belt Express Clean Line in Kansas.

CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Approved: December 7, 2011
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) approved Grain Belt Express Clean Line’s application to conduct business as a public utility in Kansas, determining the project is in the public interest. For more information about the decision, click here.

LINE SITING APPLICATION
Approved: November 7, 2013
After more than two years of evaluating routing data and reviewing feedback from thousands of landowners, Grain Belt Express Clean Line filed a proposed route in Kansas with the KCC. The KCC unanimously approved the siting application and issued a certificate to construct the 370-mile Kansas portion of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line. To view the order, click here.

Missouri

Missouri

CERTIFICATE OF CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Filed: March 26, 2014

Grain Belt Express Clean Line submitted an application to the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) for a certificate of convenience and necessity in order to build, own, and operate the transmission line and converter station in Missouri under the PSC jurisdiction. Although the application was denied in July 2015, we remain committed to moving the project forward and believe the project is too important to Missouri’s energy future to not pursue. Clean Line is currently reviewing options to advance the Grain Belt Express in Missouri.

 

IllinoisIllinois

CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Filed: April 10, 2015
Grain Belt Express Clean Line submitted an application to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in order to build, own, and operate the transmission line and converter station in Illinois under the ICC jurisdiction. To view the application, please click here.

INDIANA

CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Approved: May 23, 2013
Grain Belt Express Clean Line received public utility status from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and is now subject to the jurisdiction of the IURC in Indiana. For more information about the decision, click here.