Midwest energy project turns to ex-Missouri governor

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A renewable energy company that wants to build one of the United States’ longest electric transmission lines is turning to a former Missouri governor to try to revive its blocked project.
Former Gov. Jay Nixon is to argue Tuesday to the Missouri Supreme Court that utility regulators he appointed wrongly rejected the power line while relying on an incorrect court ruling written by a judge whom Nixon also appointed.
Should Nixon prevail, it could help clear a path for Clean Line Energy Partners to build a 780-mile (1,255-kilometer) power line from wind farms in western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to Indiana. It would then connect to a power grid for eastern states.
The project is currently being blocked in Missouri and Illinois.

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