Wind-Energy Transmission Line Wins Appellate Court Case
An attorney whose clientele includes organizations in the energy sector, Douglas Healy has been a member of the Missouri-based Healy Law Offices since 2006. Among others, he serves the needs of private clients such as the Chicago-based Invenergy, which is developing the Grain Belt Express project. In 2019, attorney Douglas Healy represented the company in an appellate court case regarding an appeal filed against this project’s approval by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).
Earlier that year in March, the PSC ruled in favor of the Grain Belt’s construction, a wind-transmission endeavor to build power lines that will bring renewable energy from Kansas to Missouri and Illinois. The project received a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) from the PSC, which allows Invenergy to call eminent domain for land over which the line will run in Missouri. At the time, the PSC noted a broad movement toward increased use of renewable energy and stated that the future of energy will require more diversity in resources.
The subsequent appeal to this decision was led by a coalition of state landowners and two Missouri organizations. However, the appellate court backed the PSC’s authority to grant the CCN and ruled in the commission’s favor.
Invenergy expects the Grain Belt project to benefit many Missouri citizens because it will provide an estimated savings of $9.5 million to $11 million annually for Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) customers. The MJMEUC will receive a capacity up to 250 megawatts (MW) from the project, which will deliver approximately 4,000 MW each year to homes in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois.