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 2016, and the line could begin transmitting electricity as early as 2018.

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 6, 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. To view the application, please click here
 

IllinoisIllinois

CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Similar to the process in Missouri, Clean Line will submit an application to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). After evaluating routing data and working with landowners and community members to identify a Proposed Route and perhaps an Alternative Route, we will file an application with the ICC to become a public utility and construct the project in Illinois.

INDIANA

CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Approved: May 22, 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.