A map from ITC, the project developers. A detailed map is available here.
The Kansas V-Plan is designed to connect eastern and western Kansas to Nebraska and Oklahoma. this will improve electric reliability as well as allow energy developers to tap into the electric grid, establishing a competitive energy market throughout the state. As the northern portion of the greater SPP project known as the "X-Plan", the line also aims to help build a stronger transmission grid that will benefit Kansas and the entire region through increased reliability.
In collaboration with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation and Mid-Kansas Electric Company, ITC Great Plains will develop two segments of the V-Plan transmission project. The first segment will extend from Spearville south to the new Clark County substation and east to Medicine Lodge (122 mi.), where it will connect to the ITC Great Plains KETA project. The second will run east to the Thistle substation that ITC will construct east of Medicine Lodge. The third segment of the project will be constructed by Prairie Wind Transmission. Also known as the "Y-Plan," that segment will run from Medicine Lodge to a termination point outside Wichita.
Construction of the line began in November of 2012, and it is expected to go into service in late 2014. Easement and land acquisition began in 2012.
One 78-mile portion of the line was energized in the summer of 2014.
ITC submitted a proposed route to the Kansas Corporation Commission on March 14, 2011, and a public hearing on the route proposal was held on April 20.
On July 12, 2011, the Kansas Corporation Commission approved the V route, and the decision was the last regulatory approval that ITC needed to receive before buying land along the route.
Open house meetings on the Kansas V-Plan were held in Dodge City, Medicine Lodge, and Greensburg in January 2011. Comments from these meetings were taken into consideration, in order to develop a proposed route that would minimize impacts to landowners, agriculture, and the natural environment.
Some opposed to the line are concerned about rising costs. The section to be developed by Prairie Wind Transmission has seen its cost increase, partially because the route was changed to avoid a sensitive natural habitat. Utility customers in Kansas and Missouri will have increased costs as a result.
As of May 2013, all easements for the line have been acquired in Barber and Kiowa counties, and most have been obtained in Ford county as well.
Clean Energy Potential:
The line will help export wind energy from Kansas to other states, and officials have pushed for the new transmission to be constructed to help revive the state's wind energy industry, which currently only has limited avenues to send power to other states.
A wind farm developer is currently petitioning the Ford County Zoning Board for a conditional use permit to construct a project that would connect to the V-Plan project.
V-Plan transmission line now in service December 20, 2014
'Superhighway' power line opens in Kansas October 30, 2014
First section of V Plan transmission line completed October 28, 2014
New wind farm proposed for Dodge City area July 1, 2013
ITC transmission line project continues May 6, 2013
Ground is broken on transmission line extension November 26, 2012
Events tout wind power projects in region November 14, 2012
Companies expand partnership for Kansas transmission projects February 23, 2012
ITC progressing on Kansas transmission line projects February 23, 2012
Kansas settles on route for high-voltage power line July 13, 2011
Cost for high-voltage lines for wind irks utilities July 25, 2011
Kansas Corporation Commission hosts meeting on Kansas V-Plan April 23, 2011
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