Elm Creek to Summit

The Summit to Elm Creek project is a 60-mile, 345 kV line from the Summit Substation, about 5 miles northeast of Assaria, KS to the Elm Creek Substation, about 4 miles northwest of Aurora, KS.   The project includes the addition of a 345/230 kV transformer at Elm Creek. The project is estimated to cost $112.8m and is scheduled for completion in late 2016.  The line will allow for the expansion of industrial, commercial and residential loads in the Cloud County area by alleviating a constraint created by the possiblity of a failure of the present line.   The project is a joint venture between Westar Energy, ITC Great Plains and Mid-Kansas Electric Company.  Westar is responsible for the southern portion, which cost $54M ($13M under budget) and, ITC and MKEC responsible for the northern portion estimated at $46.8m.  In August 2013 the project was granted route approval by the Kansas Corporation Commission.  Work on right-of-way and siting will be conducted during the next two years.  Construction began late 2015 and was completed in December 2016.

Project Sponsor Line Miles Voltage (kV) From State To State Year in Service
Westar Energy 60 345 KS KS 2016
Estimated Costs ($M) Voltage Type Project Status Project Group Origin Point Destination Point
100 Operating Elm Creek Summit
Interstate Build Start NERC ISO/RTO Country Project Partners
2015 SPP SPP US Mid-Kansas Electric Company (MKEC), Westar and ITC Great Plains, LLC