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Key transmission line approved

Kansas took an important step Tuesday in capitalizing on its wind-energy potential. The board of directors of the Southwest Power Pool, a regional organization that manages power transmission,  approved the construction of a 180-mile transmission line from Spearville in western Kansas to Wichita, with a connection to Oklahoma. The "V plan" line will enable power from windy western Kansas to be sent to the rest of the state and beyond. Equally important, the  power pool submitted a filing last week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking approval to charge ratepayers in the pool's eight-state region for the estimated $356 million cost of constructing the line.