Business View Magazine | March 2020

340 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE MARCH 2020 PREFERRED VENDOR n GridLiance Founded in 2014, GridLiance is an independent electric transmission company that partners with municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, renewable energy developers and others to invest in the future of the grid. Leveraging strong operational and regulatory compliance experience and financial strength, GridLiance develops collaborative solutions to meet our partners’ capital investment, ownership, reliability, and resilience goals. In April 2018, GridLiance partnered with the City of Nixa in Missouri and acquired the city’s electric transmission assets, including a 10-mile 69-kilovolt transmission line and related transmission infrastructure. The city selected GridLiance as its partner to ensure that Nixa customers enjoy reliable transmission service and comparable rates to other customers in the region while also protecting local jobs. GridLiance utilizes Nixa Utilities to perform operations and maintenance services for the transmission assets that were acquired. In addition, GridLiance’s investment in the electric transmission system freed up capital for the city to meet other needs and improve the electric distribution system in the city. GridLiance also assumed the increasing regulatory burdens associated with this critical infrastructure. The partnership has already begun to result in improved reliability for Nixa Utilities customers. In 2019, GridLiance upgraded the electric transmission system in downtown Nixa to increase the reliability of the electric grid in the region and move electric transmission poles to accommodate the expansion of Highway 14 that runs through the municipality. These improvements make the Nixa transmission system more reliable with less likelihood of long outages. Nixa Sucker Day Fish Fry - Courtesy of the City of Nixa