ITC Great Plains LLC has received siting approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) for Phase II of the KETA high-voltage electric transmission line project (also known as the Spearville-Axtell line). The second phase of the KETA project involves the construction of an approximately 85-mile, 345 kV line through north-central Kansas to the Kansas-Nebraska border.
The KCC decision supports an ongoing effort by ITC Great Plains to address the state's energy challenges: the lack of transmission capacity between western and eastern Kansas, and the absence of an energy grid to support wind development. This decision provides additional backing for investment in a new high-voltage infrastructure within the Southwest Power Pool region founded upon open access to the grid and collaboration with key energy stakeholders.
The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will build the approximately 51-mile final segment of the KETA project from the Kansas-Nebraska border to Axtell, Neb. ITC has coordinated with NPPD on a border-crossing point located in Smith County.
SOURCE: ITC Holdings Corp.