Clean Line Energy Starts Solicitation For Grain Belt Express Transmission Line


Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners has started the process to allocate transmission line capacity for its proposed Grain Belt Express, a 750-mile direct-current transmission line that will have the capacity to deliver power from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east.

Clean Line says it intends to allocate up to 100% of the transmission line's capacity to customers through a capacity allocation process that will be conducted pursuant to a January 2013 ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). On May 8, 2014, FERC issued an order granting Clean Line negotiated rate authority for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line.

According to Clean Line, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line will have a delivery converter station located near the Maywood 345 kV substation in Missouri, where the project will have the capacity to deliver up to 500 MW of power. The project will also have a delivery converter station located in Clark County, Ill., allowing the project to deliver approximately 3.5 GW at the Sullivan Substation near the Illinois-Indiana border.

The project is currently under development and, based on current estimates, is expected to be energized in 2019.

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