Herald-Whig

Three open houses about Mark Twain Transmission Line set for this week

Posted: Oct. 27, 2014 8:00 am Updated: Nov. 3, 2014 8:14 am

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois will host a second round of open houses this week about the Mark Twain Transmission Line project.

Ameren proposes to construct a 345,000-volt transmission line to run between Palmyra and Kirksville and then up to the Iowa border. It would be 100 miles in length and connect to the Illinois River transmission project.

The Mark Twain project is one of 17 Mid-Continent Independent System Operator Multi-Value projects approved in 2011. Ameren Transmission Company spokesperson Leigh Morris said the project would improve access to lower-cost electricity by eliminating transmission line congestion, make renewable energy more readily available and promote economic development.

Opponents say the project could lower property values and interfere with farming endeavors. The Knox County Commission adopted a resolution opposing the project Oct. 17.

Ameren held open houses in August for landowners and other individuals to ask questions and provide input on the project. Three more open houses are set for the following dates:

║American Legion, 600 Short, Palmyra, Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.

║Heartland Ozark Lodge & Steakhouse, 400 New Creation Rd., North Newark, Oct. 29, 4-7 p.m.

║Fellowship Baptist Church, 1701 Jamison, Kirksville, Oct. 30, 4-7 p.m.

For more information, go to marktwaintransmission.com or call the project hotline at 1-888-340-6640.