ITC Great Plains has received siting approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) for its V-Plan high-voltage electric transmission line, a project designed to connect eastern and western Kansas.
According to the utility, the route approved by the KCC for the 345 kV double-circuit line runs approximately 122 miles through southwestern Kansas from the existing Spearville substation to two new substations: the Clark County substation in northern Clark County and the Thistle substation east of Medicine Lodge in central Barber County.Â
According to the company, the route approved by the KCC includes several modifications from the original route filed in March. The modifications were developed and approved to reduce certain landowner impacts and accommodate future development plans identified by the public during the KCC siting proceeding. The route travels through Ford, Clark, Kiowa and Barber counties.Â
ITC will begin negotiations with landowners to purchase right-of-way easements in the near future. Construction is projected to begin in spring 2013. The project is expected to enter service in 2014.