Clean Line Energy, a company that develops high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission-line projects to move renewable energy to communities and cities, has announced that one of its affiliates, Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC, has received unanimous approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission to conduct business as a public utility.
The Grain Belt Express Clean Line is a 700-mile overhead HVDC transmission line that will move low-cost renewable energy – primarily wind power – from Kansas to western Missouri and the PJM Interconnection, serving Eastern states.
According to Clean Line Energy, the development of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line is an important step in solving one of the most challenging problems curtailing the growth of wind energy: the lack of available transmission.
The Grain Belt Express Clean Line project will make possible approximately $7 billion in new clean energy projects that will create thousands of jobs, increase state and local tax revenues, and deliver enough clean energy to power up to 1.4 million homes, Clean Line adds.
This is the second public utility approval Clean Line Energy has received for its projects in the last two months. In October, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma LLC's request for public utility status in Oklahoma.