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Missouri Supreme Court hears case on future of massive wind energy transmission line

The Missouri Supreme Court will decide if a transmission line to carry wind power through northern Missouri will move forward.

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The Grain Belt Express project has been rejected by the state Public Service Commission (PSC) twice.  The Commission denied a request filed in July 2015 by Clean Line Energy for a certificate of convenience and necessity which would give the company eminent domain to construct, operate and maintain a high voltage transmission line.

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City of Independence Hires HLO for Creation of Ordinances…

“When it comes to dealing with cell phone towers and other wireless telecommunications facilities that began to pop up around the city earlier this year, Independence might have more leg to stand on than city leaders thought.

The city law department has contracted Healy Law Offices in Springfield, Missouri, which specializes in utility regulatory law, to help draft ordinances that allow the city to have some say in the construction of wireless facilities.”  — by Mike Genet,

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Wind Energy Firm Trying Again…

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A renewable energy company again faced opposition from landowners Monday as it tried for the second time to win one of the final pieces of regulatory approval needed to carry wind power east from the nation’s heartland over one of the country’s longest transmission lines.  CLICK LINK TO READ ARTICLE

Wind Energy Firm Trying Again

Peggy A. Whipple joins team Healy!

Peggy A. Whipple is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Missouri, Tennessee and Ohio, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Eighth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.  Peggy’s civil litigation practice has included products liability defense, mass tort litigation including consolidations and class actions, ecclesiastical law and utility and environmental regulation and enforcement.  Her appellate practice has also included the prosecution and defense of extraordinary writ actions.

Peggy was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri.  She graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo Law School in 1985, serving as a member of both its Law Review and its National Moot Court Team.  Upon graduation, she joined the Toledo, Ohio law firm of Fuller & Henry.  In 1992, she joined the Knoxville, Tennessee law firm of Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Woolf, and became a partner in that firm before becoming one of the founding partners of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, also of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Peggy, her husband Steve, and their children Jacqueline and Eric chose to return to Missouri and their extended family, and in 2006 Peggy joined the Missouri Public Service Commission as its Chief Counsel for Litigation.  Peggy defended the Commission’s orders in Missouri appellate courts, and pursued litigation in state and federal courts on behalf of the Commission or its Commissioners, including multi-district litigation in federal court in California to investigate violations of Missouri’s privacy laws regarding telephone communications.  In 2009, Peggy joined the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as its Deputy Chief of Litigation, and soon won over $25 million to benefit Missouri state employees’ deferred compensation fund. Peggy pursued Missouri’s full share of the annual Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement payments by presenting the state’s case in the largest arbitration ever convened in United States legal history, and built the state’s case for the damages to its natural resources caused by the underground fire burning at the Bridgeton Landfill in St. Louis County.  Peggy joined Healy Law Offices, LLC in February, 2017.

Missouri faces a troubling uptick in energy prices

We sometimes forget Missouri has been a coal-producing state for decades. Although not a major producer like Wyoming or West Virginia, our state has mined coal, along with lead, zinc, copper and silver for more than a century. And all of this mining has not only employed thousands in family-supporting, middle-class jobs, but it has also underpinned some of America’s key industrial sectors (thanks to the lead we extract for car batteries and computers, and the copper we contribute to electric wires and home appliances.) CLICK LINK TO READ MORE

Washington Tells Us Our Electric Bills Will Rise

You have to admire the Obama Administration’s optimism. Even though the Supreme Court issued a stay on the president’s “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) earlier this year, the EPA insists that states should keep moving forward with efforts to radically alter their power sector. CLICK LINK TO READ MORE