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.
If the goals of the “Green New Deal” are a political minefield, so, too, are the most likely strategies for reaching its target of very high national levels of renewable energy output.