Southwest Power Pool approves new power line

The Southwest Power Pool approved the giant "V" shaped power line project connecting western Kansas to Wichita at its meeting today in Little Rock.

The power pool, representing utilities covering parts of nine states, approved double-circuit 345 kilovolt lines covering western Kansas and Oklahoma.

Westar Energy and ITC Great Plains want to build the lines to boost the wind energy industry in western Kansas and Oklahoma.

However, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must approve the power pool's plan for distributing the estimated $368 million cost. If the agency does not approve the plan, the project cannot go forward.