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. Clean Line is working through the process to obtain approval for the Grain Belt Express in Missouri and Illinois.  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
On March 13, 2018, the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court reversed the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Order granting Grain Belt Express a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Clean Line is evaluating options to re-obtain its certificate in Illinois.

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
In August 2017, the Missouri Public Service Commission found the Grain Belt Express project to be in the public interest, but declined to issue a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity due to a decision on an unrelated project regarding county road crossing assents. In February 2018, the Eastern District Appellate Court ruled the Commission erred in denying Grain Belt’s application for a certificate, and referred the decision to the Missouri Supreme Court.