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.
Smart grid upgrades may offer less risk in some areas, but experts say conventional transmission projects are still needed in others.
Proponents say the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line is needed to increase grid stability. Critics call it unnecessary.
Previous cost estimates have not been updated since the state proposed a utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac.