On Thursday, Prairie Wind Transmission will mark the completion of its part of the 345-kilovolt transmission line, known as the “V Plan,” through southern Kansas.
The 108-mile section runs from the Gordon Evans Energy Center, a few miles northwest of Wichita, to a substation near Medicine Lodge and includes a small extension to the Oklahoma border where it hooks into a new power line running north. At Medicine Lodge, the power line is set to connect with a power line coming from a substation near Spearville, near Dodge City, that is being built by ITC Great Plains.
The ITC Great Plains portion of the V Plan is set to be switched on sometime before the end of December.
The double-circuit line will connect eastern and western Kansas, promoting growth of renewable energy in Kansas, providing greater access to electricity and improved reliability in the region.
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Prairie Wind Transmission consists of Westar Energy and Electric Transmission America.