Missouri landowners along the route of a proposed wind-power line to the east coast, said they would work toward the appeal of its recent approval by the state Public Service Commission.
The Grain Belt Express received the green light to build through the northern part of Missouri, but the Missouri Landowners Alliance says counties still have authority under state law to reject the project. The group also cites studies, provided by Grain Belt, that show Missouri’s current electric reserves as more than adequate. They also say renewable energy requirements may not be met, since the line, in most cases, amounts to imported energy from other states. In an information release Wednesday, the group says GBE has no private commercial interests, and is not economically sustainable.
Legislation in the Missouri house has also been introduced that would prevent use of eminent domain by nonpublic utilities.