ICC approval of transmission line, denial of parts, likely to be appealed
by Keith Stewart
In its expected order Tuesday morning, the Illinois Commerce Commission approved the Illinois Rivers Transmission Project, including the Mt. Zion to Kansas segment that largely detours around Moultrie. The approval came in the form of issuing a certificate of public convenience and necessity, but not without condemning the 150-day expedited procedure, though legally taken by Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois to complete this process.
At the open meeting held in Chicago, the commission voted 3-1 in favor of granting the certificate to ATXI, with chairman Doug Scott the lone opposition, while commissioner John Colgan was absent. Scott did begin the discussion by clarifying that his office had four edits to the order, all of which are inconsequential to the Mt. Zion-Kansas route itself.
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