The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC approval to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates.
As proposed, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line is an approximately 750-mile, overhead direct-current transmission line that will deliver up to 3.5 GW and connect wind energy from western Kansas with utilities and customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east. Clean Line says the Grain Belt Express could enable more than $7 billion of investment in new wind farms.
The FERC order was issued in response to the application filed by Clean Line in November 2013, and the approval will allow 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.
"We thank the FERC commissioners and staff for approving our application," says Clean Line President Michael Skelly. "This is another great milestone for the Grain Belt Express project, and we look forward to advancing discussions with potential customers."
Clean Line is a public utility in Kansas and Indiana and received an order from the Kansas Corporation Commission in November 2013 granting a siting permit to construct the 370-mile Kansas portion of the line.
Based on current estimates, Clean Line expects the Grain Belt Express to achieve commercial operation as early as 2018.