New Westar Energy transmission line strengthens grid

Topeka, Kan. (Dec. 9, 2016) – A new 60 mile high-voltage transmission line that spans from Salina to Concordia in north central Kansas was energized this week. Westar Energy constructed the southern 30 miles of line, which ensures wind energy developed in the area can be delivered to customers. It also improves reliability and gives communities better access to power markets, which reduces power prices.

“A modern, resilient transmission system helps our communities thrive by providing reliable power and access to renewables and low-cost energy sources,” Kelly Harrison, vice president, transmission, said. “Westar continued our practice of working with communities and landowners to build a transmission line that would benefit the area, completing the project early and under budget.”

The $54.5 million project was completed $13.7 million under budget. In 2012, the Southwest Power Pool accepted Westar Energy’s proposal to build the project. SPP identifies transmission projects that are needed to improve reliability and efficiency of the power grid that serves a 14-state area. The line was energized Dec. 7, 2016.

Source: Westar Energy