Former Gov. Nixon Leads Challenge Over Wind Transmission Project

By on December 1, 2017

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Led by former Gov. Jay Nixon, a St. Louis-based legal team representing developers of the Grain Belt Express transmission line have filed a brief challenging the multistate project’s recent denial by Missouri regulators.

Clean Line Energy, the Houston-based company behind the project, had signaled after its latest rejection in August that an appeal would be imminent. Briefs outlining the company’s arguments were filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals, with Nixon, now a partner at the Clayton law firm Dowd Bennett, spearheading the case.

The stalled infrastructure project would span four states, bringing wind energy from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, and into the grid beyond. Every state along its path has long since granted approval, except Missouri.

Though out of elected office, the state’s 55th governor sees the proposed 780-mile transmission line as an opportunity to remain involved with an issue of statewide — or even broader — importance.

“I do think the policy implications of all of this are real, significant and important,” said Nixon, citing the widespread demand for the project’s wind energy, which is projected to save certain cities, like Kirkwood, $10 million per year.

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