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PITTSFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Farm Bureau and a group of landowners are challenging the state's approval of a 780-mile electricity transmission line.

The Illinois Commerce Commission in November gave regulatory approval to the Grain Belt Express, a high-voltage electric transmission line that would stretch from Kansas to Indiana and provide wind power.

Illinois Commerce Commission Defends Clean Line Position

Dec 3, 2015

This week, the Illinois Commerce Commission defended its decision to grant a Texas-based company status as a public utility. On Tuesday, a lawyer representing ComEd, farmers, and landowners was the first to speak during oral arguments before the Third District Appellate Court, followed by lawyers for the commission and Rock Island Clean Line. Illinois Public Radio's Michelle O'Neill reports the company must also obtain public utility status from the Iowa Utilities Board before it can build a high voltage power line from northwestern Iowa to northeastern Illinois. 

  

Illinois utility regulators are launching a formal investigation into whether Peoples Gas executives misled them about the price tag of a pipe replacement project that could cost Chicago consumers about $8-billion.

  A Texas company says it has asked the Illinois Commerce Commission for permission to build an electricity transmission line through central Illinois. Clean Line Energy Partners says it presented the commission with a proposed route and an alternate route. The company wants to build a line to bring wind farm energy from Kansas to an existing grid in Indiana.

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New reports from several Illinois agencies propose ways lawmakers could help keep the state's nuclear plants open.

Ameren Transmission Company is getting ready to study public opinion on its plan to construct a 345-thousand-volt transmission line from Peoria to Galesburg. The company held the last of its public open houses on the matter Thursday.

Peoria residents will get the chance this week to weigh in on where a new electric transmission line will be located. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois is working to build the 345,000-volt Spoon River Transmission Line between Galesburg and Peoria. The goal is to help deliver more renewable energy to customers.

Governor Pat Quinn vetoed legislation Sunday that would have eased the way for increases in electric rates. But it's not the first time he's opposed this sort of thing, and the legislature has so far been able to work around him. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.