Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC, an affiliate of Clean Line Energy Partners, reports that the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has unanimously approved an order granting a siting permit to construct the 370-mile Kansas portion of a new 750-mile direct-current transmission line.
The line will originate near Dodge City, Kans., and traverse north and east to the Kansas-Missouri border. According to the company, the project is poised to deliver wind energy from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east that have strong demand for the energy. The entire $2 billion project is expected to take several years to permit and could begin commercial operation as early as 2018.
The company says it submitted the application and proposed route to the KCC in July after taking public feedback into consideration. "We reached this milestone thanks in large part to the thousands of landowners and community members who provided input in the routing process," comments Michael Skelly, Clean Line president.
Joann Knight, executive director of the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp., welcomes the decision. "The Grain Belt Express Clean Line will allow Kansas to grow its wind industry for the benefit of western Kansas and the entire state," says Knight.