The transmission line, originally envisioned as a thruway from Kansas to Indiana, has struggled to gain approval in Missouri and Illinois.
The bill is on its way to a full vote in the state House, where it’s expected to pass, but it faces longer odds in the Senate.
A Missouri landowners group says the transmission line developers don’t meet the definition of a public utility.
Missouri regulators’ approval of the transmission project puts Kansas in a position for significant wind development.
After twice rejecting a 780-mile transmission project to move wind energy from Kansas to the eastern United States, Missouri regulators are signaling they’re ready to approve the $2.5 billion project.