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      Missouri wind energy transmission line sites selected

      These are the counties Grain Belt Express initially proposed locating its transmission lines.

      The Kansas company that wants to move wind energy through Northeast Missouri selected its proposed route.

      Grain Belt Express Clean Line says it will locate part of its transmission lines in Randolph, Monroe and Ralls County.

      County lawmakers from Pike and Marion counties openly rejected the location of the power lines in their counties.

      The project has been in the works since 2011.

      The company says the project will inject $500 million in the state including construction jobs and the production of the materials used in the construction.

      Grain Belt Express now enters the phase of the project that requires it to gain access to private property through easements. This requires getting permission and securing contracts with landowners.

      The company estimates that process will end in 2016 when construction is expected to begin.

      The transmission lines are expected to be online by 2018.