Grain Belt Express Approval Supported by Appellate Court

An established Springfield, Missouri, attorney, Douglas Healy is a member of the Healy Law Offices and provides counsel to the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC). When he represented the Chicago-based company Invenergy in late 2019, attorney Douglas Healy helped secure an outcome in its favor in a Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District case.

The appeal involved the Missouri Public Service Commission’s (PSC) support of Invenergy’s proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line, which will bring wind energy from Western Kansas to MJMEUC customers and millions of homes across Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. According to Invenergy, the portion of the line that will run through Missouri would deliver up to 250 megawatts (MW) of capacity to the MJMEUC and create as much as $11 million in annual savings for the utility’s customers.

In its support of the Grain Belt Express, the PSC decided that the project met public interest qualifications and granted it a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to build transmission towers on Missouri land. The certificate was contested in the appellate court by a coalition of rural landowners.

Douglas Healy is a Springfield, Missouri-based attorney with nearly 20 years of legal experience.