Topeka, Kan.-based Westar Energy Inc. says that the first phase of a high-capacity transmission line project in south central Kansas is complete and is now delivering electric service to customers.
Phase I of the new 345 kV transmission line spans from near the Gordon Evans Energy Center in Colwich, just northwest of Wichita, to the new Reno County substation near Hutchinson. It was anticipated to go online between late 2008 and June 2009. Phase II of the transmission line project will extend the line from the Hutchinson area to the Summit substation near Salina. Construction of that portion of the line will begin in the first part of January and is expected to be completed by early to mid-2010.
‘The successful completion of this line demonstrates that when we work together with government agencies, landowners and communities, transmission can be built in Kansas in a safe and timely manner,’ says Kelly Harrison, vice president of transmission operations and environmental services at Westar.
The line will allow Westar Energy to use its power plants more efficiently, saving its customers in fuel costs, as well as increasing reliability in the area. Additionally, it will improve regional access to wholesale power markets, according to the company.
SOURCE: Westar Energy Inc.