IL Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Power Line Projects

IL Supreme Court concluded that Clean Line did not qualify as a public utility

Developers of a $2.2 billion high-voltage power line that would cross south-central Illinois are considering their options after the Illinois Supreme Court rejected a similar project in the Rock Island region.

Justices concluded that the $600 million Rock Island Clean Line energy transmission project and developer Clean Line Energy of Houston did not qualify as a public utility under state law, overturning the Illinois Commerce Commission’s approval of the project. Clean Line also is the developer of the proposed $2.2 billion, 780-mile Grain Belt Express power line that would carry wind-generated power from Kansas to Indiana through Missouri and 200 miles of south-central Illinois.

The Supreme Court concluded in a decision released Sept. 21 that Clean Line did not qualify as public utility, as the company owned no property for the Rock Island project. The company did, however, have land options.

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