Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois plans to build a 345 kv electric transmission line from Palmyra to the Iowa border in northeast Missouri, and a new substation in Kirksville. There will be a slight increase in rates for Ameren customers, but Ameren claims that benefits will be construction jobs, access by local residents to athe grid, and increase in grid security. The counties that the line may go through are Adair, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Schuyler, and Shelby.
Ameren has not yet determined the final route for the transmission line, but has identified several potential routes. Ameren has been holding public meetings to get public input on the potential routes.
Property owners are concerned about having the electrical line easements put on their land, especially since Ameren has the power of eminent domain, and can therefore put the lines wherever they decide, even if it the property owner does not agree with it.
For more information, see http://www.heartlandconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=1079669#.U-ppF2PpXPI.
The map below shows the potential routes. The final route is scheduled to be chosen by the end of 2014.