A Missouri landowners group says the transmission line developers don’t meet the definition of a public utility.
Critics, including the U.S. EPA, say alternatives such as burying all or part of the line have not been fully explored.
Missouri regulators’ approval of the transmission project puts Kansas in a position for significant wind development.
The proposal includes about $80 million for heat pumps, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle infrastructure.
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.