US Wind Industry Frets as Major Transmission Lines Stall

By [email protected] A contested 780-mile Midwestern transmission line for wind, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, may have another chance at life. A Missouri judge ruled recently that the state’s utility commission “erred” in denying the project, putting a final decision in the hands of the state Supreme Court.

It’s an important victory for wind developers and transmission advocates who say the blooming industry in America’s “wind belt” can’t reach its full potential if transmission infrastructure doesn’t rise up to meet it.

“This is an argument as old as wind itself,” said Anthony Logan, a North American wind market analyst at MAKE Consulting. “When

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