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Transmission line project critical to Kansas wind future, governor says

TOPEKA – Kansas has the potential to produce up to 10,000 megawatts of wind power, but for that to happen the state needs transmission lines.

“We need to have the transmission line from Spearville to Wichita to be built,” said Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, on Wednesday.

That project needs the Southwest Power Pool to regionlize the rates for that area and approve the project.

The project had dropped off the pool’s priority list, the pool oversees nine states.

On Tuesday the pool’s board move the project back on to the priority list.

“It will continue to be our priority to keep it on that list,” he said.