Neighbors United Appeals the PSC Decision

Art Hernandez, attorney for Neighbors United, appeared before the Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City, Missouri, last Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The case, Neighbors United appeals the Missouri Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision to grant a conditional Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) to Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI) prior to ATXI being granted approval from the five County Commissions of the counties in the path of the Mark Twain Transmission Project (MTTP). Neighbors United case is that the County Commissioners of Schuyler, Knox, Marion, Adair, and Shelby must have approved the MTTP, before ATXI approached the PSC for the CCN to build the line.
The judge stated that the case was complicated, and his ruling could be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. His ruling is not for whether the MTTP is to be built, but rather, if the county commissioners’ approval of the MTTP be a condition of the PSC granting ATXI the CCN or, if it was needed prior to ATXI first approaching the PSC with their project.
Neighbors United hoped that their large attendance at the hearing gave support to their attorney, Art Hernandez, and their appeal.