Finding of the Public Service Commission in Its Order Denying
Grain Belt’s Request for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity
On July 1, 2015, the Missouri Public Service Commission issued a Report and Order in which it rejected the Application from Grain Belt Express to build a high-voltage electric transmission line across eight counties in northern Missouri.
The Commission’s Order included the following findings and conclusions:
● Grain Belt’s own studies failed to support its allegation that the line would result in lower retail rates for consumers in Missouri.
● Construction of the line would create transmission congestion in Missouri, which leads to wasted fuels expenses and increases in other costs.
● Wind energy generated in other nearby states has a lower cost than the wind energy which would be transported on Grain Belt’s proposed line.
● Farmers on whose property the proposed line would be located could experience problems relating to soil compaction, interference with irrigation equipment, aerial applications to crops and pastures, and problems maneuvering large equipment around towers.
● The proposed line is not needed for grid reliability in Missouri.
● Grain Belt failed to show that its proposed line is needed in Missouri.
● Grain Belt failed to show that its proposed line is economically feasible.
● The proposed line is not the least-cost alternative for meeting Missouri’s future energy needs.
● Grain Belt failed to demonstrate that its proposed line promotes the public interest.
● Grain Belt failed to show that its proposed line is necessary or convenient for the public service of the people in Missouri.