March 17, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District’s 2019 decision reaffirming a PSC decision that approved a certificate of need and necessity for the Grain Belt Express Project (GBX). This Supreme Court action ends a long and futile effort by project opponents to overturn the PSC decision on the Grain Belt Express.
The GBX project benefits 350,000 Missourians in rural communities across the state with low-cost, reliable energy. This decision sends a strong signal to the state legislature that time after time, it has been upheld that indeed the GBX project has the constitutional basis to proceed with a wind energy transmission line in Missouri.
Duncan Kincheloe, MPUA President and General Manager said, “The Missouri Supreme Court decision was welcome news for nearly forty communities across our state. We look forward to seeing this project proceed so that customers of our consumer-owned utilities can realize the cost savings this project provides.”
Over the last two sessions, bills have been filed in both the Missouri House and Senate that would effectively kill the project, despite it benefitting 39 Missouri communities whose local utility have contracted to receive power transmission from the GBX. For two years these bills have created a sense of uncertainly delaying the prospects for lower, more stable power costs for communities in every corner of the state.
Speaking about the project developer and today’s Supreme Court action, Kincheloe said, “Invenergy has followed the constitution and laws that apply to all utilities in Missouri. Hopefully, they will now move forward with the project that brings real savings and economic development to Missouri.”