Developers of a cross-state transmission line say there is overwhelming demand for capacity to transmit wind power, but opposition still threatens to undermine the project.
Clean Line Energy Partners, the Houston company behind construction of the 780-mile Grain Belt Express line, said it has received requests to transmit 20,600 megawatts of electricity on the line, more than 4.5 times what it can carry.
Ten wind generation companies want to sell 3,300 megawatts to Missouri customers, far more than the 500 megawatts the project can deliver to the state.
The company disclosed the amounts in late March as part of an open process to sign up customers required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
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