Invenergy Project Continues to Move Forward after Appeals Decision
Healy Law Offices, he serves as general counsel to the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission. As an attorney, Douglas Healy represents the entity in state, federal, and administrative litigation, including the recent appeals case with Invenergy.
Chicago-based company Invenergy owns the Grain Belt Express Transmission Line, an energy project that will deliver power from Kansas across more than 200 miles through northern Missouri and two other Midwestern states. Estimates show the project could save Missouri utility customers roughly $12.8 million a year and that it will take up less than 10 acres of land with structures for its overhead lines.
However, the overhead lines will cross more than 550 properties of Missouri landowners, a fact that partially contributed to the Missouri Landowners Alliance’s push against the project. This included the recent appeals case that the Alliance brought to court. According to the group, the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) should not have green-lit the construction of the project and made an error in granting the Grain Belt project a certificate of convenience and necessity.
In a 19-page ruling, the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District sided with the PSC’s decision that the Grain Belt Express line was in the public interest, and thus, a public utility. This was the project’s latest legal battle, following an initial rejection from the PSC in March and the approval of legislation from the Missouri House to reject its right to eminent domain the following month. Senators defeated the bill through a filibuster.