Elm Creek-Summit transmission line gets partial siting approval

ITC Great Plains LLC and Mid-Kansas Electric Co. LLC (Mid-Kansas) received siting approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission for their portion of the Elm Creek-to-Summit high-voltage electric transmission line project in north-central Kansas.  

The 60-mile, 345-kV transmission line will connect the ITC Great Plains Elm Creek Substation, about four miles northwest of Aurora, to Westar Energy's Summit Substation, located about five miles northeast of Assaria.

ITC Great Plains, in partnership with Mid-Kansas, will construct the northern half of the line in Cloud and Ottawa counties and co-own and operate this section of the line with Mid-Kansas. Westar Energy will build, own and operate the southern half of the line. The project also will involve upgrades at both substations.

In December 2012 following a routing study, ITC, Mid-Kansas and Westar presented several route alternatives to potentially affected landowners during community open house events in each county along the route. Input from landowners was analyzed, and certain route adjustments where feasible were made. ITC Great Plains and Mid-Kansas filed a route application with the KCC on May 3, 2013.

Right-of-way acquisition and engineering design are tentatively scheduled for 2013-2015, followed by construction in 2015 and 2016. The line will be energized shortly thereafter.

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