ITC Great Plains power line in Kansas now in service

ITC Great Plains LLC, in conjunction with Sunflower Electric Power and Mid-Kansas Electric, has placed the V-Plan high-voltage electric transmission line and the Clark County, Ironwood and Spearville substations into service in western Kansas.

The 122-mile double-circuit, 345-kV transmission line runs east of Medicine Lodge, Kan., to Spearville, Kan., and is designed to connect eastern and western Kansas in order to improve electric reliability, enable energy developers to tap into the transmission grid, and promote economic development in the region.

“The completion of the V-Plan project demonstrates ITC’s ongoing commitment to helping Kansas and the region modernize and expand critical energy infrastructure,” said Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings, in a Dec. 18 statement. “Projects such as this reinforce the value that ITC brings to the region as a transmission owner and operator by providing much-needed transmission investment across the Southwest Power Pool footprint. Customers benefit from an efficient, reliable grid that provides access to a variety of energy resources.”

ITC’s investment in high-voltage infrastructure in the Southwest Power Pool region is founded upon open access to the grid and collaboration with energy stakeholders to develop a transmission system that meets current demands and the evolving needs of the future.

Said Kristine Schmidt, president, ITC Great Plains: “As a result of this collaborative effort, the V-Plan transmission project was completed on time and on budget and will result in the state and region benefiting from a markedly improved, reliable and modern grid.”

“As additional demands continue to be placed on the transmission grid, high-voltage transmission projects like the V-Plan are critical to the continued delivery of reliable, affordable energy, not only to our cooperative members but also to electric consumers in our region and across the nation,” said Stuart Lowry, president and CEO of Sunflower and Mid-Kansas. 

ITC Great Plains is a transmission-only utility operating in the Southwest Power Pool region. The company currently owns and operates approximately 436 circuit miles of transmission lines in Kansas and Oklahoma. ITC Great Plains is a subsidiary of ITC Grid Development LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company. ITC’s focus on transmission and grid development drives operational excellence and delivers superior value for customers, communities and other stakeholders.

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