ITC Great Plains to Move Forward With Power Project

A Kansas state decision clears the way for ITC Great Plains LLC to continue pursuing construction, ownership and operation of the extra-high voltage transmission project.
The Kansas Corporation Commission ruled July 24 that ITC Great Plains can construct and own two sections of this important 765 kilovolt project. The KCC ruling also gave approval to Prairie Wind Transmission LLC, to construct and own a third section of this 180-mile-long line.
ITC Great Plains, in collaboration with Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and Mid-Kansas Electric Co., will seek other regulatory approvals required to move the project forward, including project evaluation and cost allocation resolution by the Southwest Power Pool Inc. regional planning authority and siting permission from the KCC.
The is the largest electric infrastructure investment proposed in Kansas in nearly 25 years. It will run from Spearville to a termination point outside of Wichita and connect with another line running into Oklahoma.
In addition to improving electric reliability and facilitating wind energy in Kansas, the plan establishes a critical east-west transmission corridor across the state. ITC Great Plains estimates it will invest approximately $400 million to construct its portions of the project at 765 kV.

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