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, Indiana, and Illinois. Clean Line is working through the process to obtain approval for the Grain Belt Express in Missouri.  After the 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.

FEDERAL

Approved: May 8, 2014

On May 8, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Grain Belt Express Clean Line to sell transmission capacity to potential customers of the project, including utilities and other load serving entities or clean energy generators. In addition, Clean Line was granted authorization to negotiate bilateral agreements for 100% of the line’s capacity. Generator interconnection to the Grain Belt Express will be subject to the requirements of the project’s open access transmission tariff. To view the order, click here.

IllinoisIllinois

CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Approved: November 12, 2015
On November 12 2015, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved an Order granting the Grain Belt Express Clean Line a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct and operate the Illinois portion of the line. To view the order, 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.

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 Kansas portion of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line. To view the order, click here.

Missouri

Missouri

CERTIFICATE OF CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
The Grain Belt Express filed a notice of intended case on July 12 and will file an application and testimony later this summer.