In late 2010, Westar named multiple projects that have been studied by the Southwest Power Pool to ensure long-term regional reliability, enable the growth of renewable energy, reduce emissions, use existing transmission corridors and assure cost efficient production and transmission of electricity. Read the announcement.
Dark red lines are potential projects
Potential Projects and approximated lengths
- 70 mile line from Jeffrey Energy Center, near St. Marys, to Iatan Energy Center, near Atchison.
- 90 mile line from Jeffrey Energy Center to Manhattan to Concordia.
- 60 mile line from Concordia to Salina.
- 100 mile line from Salina to Hays.
- 45 mile line from Jeffrey Energy Center to Swissvale.
- 160 mile line from Hutchinson to Great Bend to Spearville.
- 80 mile line from Wichita to Rose Hill.
- 40 mile line from Wolf Creek nuclear plant, near Burlington, to Emporia.
Projects are all contemplated at 345 kilovolts as identified by the Southwest Power Pool for further study, and if approved, construction may begin at various times in the next decade.
Westar will continue to collaborate with the SPP, neighboring transmission owners and market participants in identifying cost effective projects and getting them approved, in the right sequence, at the right time and with assurance they are built efficiently.
At the appropriate time, Westar will begin working with landowners, communities and environmental experts interested in SPP-approved projects. Success in these projects only comes when everyone works together with respect for each other, our Kansas communities and our environment.