NEOSHO, MO.--- A new system using renewable energy may be coming to Missouri if a proposed project is approved. The project will include transmission lines for energy from wind turbines. The "Grain Line Express" is a $7 billion dollar project that would start in southwestern Kansas, go through eastern Missouri, and end at the Illinois and Indiana border.
"It really needs to be supported from everybody," said William Moss, Crowder Wind Terbine Professor.
Clean Line Energy is developing a transmission system to transport power created by wind turbines. A Clean Line representative spoke about the proposed project in Neosho today.
"Came down to Crowder College today to talk about the green belt express line. We are developing a 750 mile high voltage direct current line that's going to carry wind energy from southwestern Kansas into Missouri where we will deliver up to 500 mega watts of clean renewable power," said Cari Vanamburg, Clean Line Representative.
That's enough to power 200,000 homes. The project isn't official just yet, but Clean Line is already making plans.
"We are filing our application with the Missouri PSC in the upcoming months. That process takes about a year for the Missouri PSC to ultimately make a decision on the construction of the line. And then we expect construction to begin in 2016 and then line to be operational in 2018," said Vanamburg.
If the project is approved, it will bring thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of operational jobs. Clean Line and Crowder College are encouraging the community to get involved in the process.
"Sign a letter of support and show the Missouri PSC that they are behind this project and infrastructure development for the state," said Vanamburg.
If you would like to voice your opinion, click here. They are sending in the approval application in the next few months.
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