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Emery’s grid modernization bill begins trip through Senate perfection gauntlet

Emery’s grid modernization bill begins trip through Senate perfection gauntlet

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate’s latest endeavor might be the most contentious item they will debate on this session. The chamber on Tuesday morning took up for the first time Sen. Ed Emery’s SB 190, a bill focused on adjusting ratemaking rules and implementing grid modernization in the Show-Me State. Sen. Gary Romine

RELEASE: Fate of Missouri’s largest clean energy project up to state regulators

Walmart, Missouri municipalities, Missouri industrial energy consumers make the case for Grain Belt Express with Missouri PSC JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 27, 2017) – Last week, Missouri municipalities, Walmart, the Missouri Industrial Energy Consumers and others made their case to Missouri regulators in support of a market-based infrastructure project that would bring low-cost energy to

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Large companies and businesses could benefit from Emery’s SB 190

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In past sessions, there has been a stalemate between some business and utility interests over grid modernization legislation. However, intense negotiations this session have brought many business groups on board supporting Senator Emery’s SB 190 that would see Missouri’s utility grid brought up standards seen in the rest of the country.

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PSC takes steps to change rules to improve transparency

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With a busy week centered around hearings on the Grain Belt Express line, the Missouri Public Service Commission carved out time Wednesday afternoon to sign off on four tariffs and new orders. The PSC’s first order of business was to take up an order of rulemaking in regards to the confidential

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Pace, Smith swap seats on Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Michael B. Pace, West Plains, has been named the new chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and Gregg C. Smith, Clinton, is the new vice chair. Smith had served as the chair, but during their monthly meeting this past Wednesday, the commission rotated the leadership positions. Both men were

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PSC approves evidentiary hearing dates in Great Plains merger case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission continued their work this week in their mission to expedite the process in the matter of Great Plains’ acquisition of Westar. Having received Great Plains’ application two weeks ago, the commission sought to find available dates to allow the process to continue in hopes of quickly

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KCP&L’s track to become Fortune 500 company needs one last Missouri OK, as long as that comes quickly

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – KCP&L’s path to acquiring Westar and together making them Missouri’s newest Fortune 500 company was always going to be challenging, but elected leaders on both sides of the state line were confident that the two companies were better together with Kansas City headquarters than both being acquired and owned by companies

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Great Plains files application, PSC sets intervention deadline

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Less than a week after being ordered to file an acquisition application by the Missouri Public Service Commission, Great Plains Energy (GPE) filed the required paperwork seeking the commission’s approval for an estimated $12.2 billion merger. The PSC unanimously approved an order on Wednesday, Feb. 22 that required GPE to file

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PSC orders Great Plains to file application in merger case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday ordered Great Plains Energy Incorporated (GPE) to file an application seeking the commission’s approval of a merger between GPE and Westar Energy, Inc.  The order stems from a complaint filed by the Midwest Energy Consumers Group (MECG) against GPE, which alleged that GPE violated a

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Eigel proposes vast I-70 overhaul with GR funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Bill Eigel, R-St. Charles, announced an ambitious proposal Wednesday which would invest roughly a total of $2.7 billion over 10 years to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements. Most of that money, around $2.2. billion would be used to repair Interstate 70 and expand it to eight lanes from Wentzville to

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