A hearing has been set in the Cole County Circuit Court to hear arguments regarding a 2012 lawsuit file by Ameren Illinois against the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC). The lawsuit asks the court to rule that the PSC has no jurisdiction over Ameren’s proposed 345,000 volt powerline through northeast Missouri. The project, called the “Mark Twain Tranmission Project” is proposed to run from Iowa to near Kirksvile and then to a substation near Palmyra. From there, a seperate, but related, project called the “Illinois Rivers Project” will take the line across into and through Illinois.
Ameren contends in its lawsuit that these projects do not fall under the jurisdiction of the PSC, but under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Ameren’s position is that it does not provided or sell energy in Missouri and that this project is regional in nature, placing it beyond the reach of the PSC’s authority.
Ameren also has asked the court to determine that it may use Missouri eminent domain authority without first obtainining a certificate of convenience and necessity from the PSC.
The hearing will take place on October 20, 2014 before the Hon. Daniel Green.