The PSC originally gave approval for the project, but landowners appealed the decision to the Western District Court of Appeals, which overturned the approval, saying the utility must first get assent from the affected counties.

The Missouri Public Service Commission has established the hearing schedule in a case filed by Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI). ATXI is seeking Commission authority and a certificate of convenience and necessity to build, operate and maintain a 345-kV electric transmission line from Palmyra to the Iowa border and an associated substation near Kirksville, Mo. According to the ATXI application, the proposed 345-kV electric transmission line is approximately 96 miles in length and running through Marion, Lewis, Knox and Adair counties to a new substation located near Kirksville.

ATXI states the Mark Twain transmission line will be co-located for nearly the entirety of its route with existing 161-kV transmission lines owned by Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative and Ameren Missouri. Formal evidentiary hearings are scheduled to begin on Feb. 20, 2018, in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City. Hearings are scheduled through Feb. 22, 2018.

ATXI originally ran into opposition from landowner groups. The PSC originally gave approval for the project, but landowners appealed the decision to the Western District Court of Appeals, which overturned the approval, saying the utility must first get assent from the affected counties. Since the utility announced a new route for the project co-located with the Northeast Power line, the counties have given assent, including Marion County.

The Commission will hold local public hearings in this case. Those hearings will be announced when dates, times and locations have been finalized.