According to an article in the Chicago Tribune about the Grain Belt Express Clean line, wind energy from Iowa and Kansas could help eastern states meet their renewable energy goals. Illinois has the goal of deriving 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. However, the same energy lines that carry the so-called “clean” wind energy may also carry energy from coal-powered electricity plants.
The article mentions that the producers of nuclear-based power do not want cheaper energy to flood the market.
In Missouri, Clean Express is wanting to build a line that will cross 500 properties, and they are hoping to get eminent domain powers from the Missouri Public Service Commission.
The Grain Belt Clean Line Express is only one of five power transmission lines that the company hopes to build.
For more information, see the article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-clean-line-transmission-1005-biz-20141005-story.html?dssReturn#page=1&z=63105