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Invenergy to acquire Grain Belt transmission line

UNITED STATES: Invenergy will acquire the high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) Grain Belt Express transmission project from developer Clean Line Energy.

An artist's impression of the planned Grain Belt Express transmission line (pic credit: Clean Line Energy)
An artist's impression of the planned Grain Belt Express transmission line (pic credit: Clean Line Energy)

The 1,255-kilometre Grain Belt line will be capable of delivering about 4GW of wind power from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, its former developer claimed.

However, the transmission line still needs development permits in Missouri and Illinois before construction can begin.

In July 2018, president of Grain Belt’s former developer, Michael Skelly, told Windpower Monthly, he believed it would be "a few years" before this happened.

The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) will re-determine a development permit for the project, after the state’s supreme court ruled in July that it was wrong to reject it.

An appeals court in Illinois also overturned that state’s approval of the transmission line, meaning the developer must re-apply for permission.

Grain Belt has been approved in both Indiana and Kansas, however.

To date, Invenergy has developed more than 640km of transmission infrastructure in the US, it stated. Neither company has disclosed the acquisition price.

Kansas has 5.1GW of installed wind power capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

Meanwhile, Illinois has 4.7GW, Indiana has 2.1GW, and Missouri has 959MW.

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