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Mark Twain Transmission Project

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:23 PM by Bryan Krusniak
PhotoThe speaker at the March 6 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting was Jim Jontry, an engineer and project manager of the Mark Twain Transmission project. This project, building a high voltage line 96 miles from Palmyra, Missouri through Kirksville then north to the Iowa border was approved to proceed by the Missouri Public Service Commission on January 10, 2018. The new line will carry 345,000 volts for the entire distance plus two existing local power lines of 161,000 volts each, one for Ameren Missouri from Kirksville north and one for Northeast Power between Kirksville and Palmyra. The north-south portion is expected to be completed by June with the remaining portion to be completed by December, 2019. Among its several benefits to northeast Missouri is improved access to renewable sources of energy, including wind energy. Pictured from left are President Randy Smith, Jim Jontry, John Waterhouse of Ameren Transmission and Rotarian Annette Sweet, an Ameren Missouri official, who introduced the speaker.