In the past few years, the need for access to low cost energy has increased in northeast Kansas. Recent studies of the transmission system have identified the need to replace an existing power line connecting a substation west of Lansing to one northwest of Weston, Missouri, at Iatan Generation Station. The new replacement line between these two substations will allow better access to low cost energy sources and also keep energy in your area and northeast Kansas reliable.
The map below shows the potential routes for the new power line in purple; the existing line that will be replaced is highlighted in yellow. This is a $28-million-dollar investment in the Leavenworth area.
The route must be determined before engineers can determine the correct structure types to use, but the structures will likely be:
Potential routes were developed by defining routes that would minimize adverse impacts to residents, their land and the natural environment while providing a technically viable and cost-effective route. Input received from residents in the area will help us determine which of these routes should be selected as the preferred route. The siting study report that includes the preferred route and all the feedback from stakeholders will be submitted to the KCC. The KCC uses a 120-day process to determine the final route for this project which Westar must follow. Their process includes opportunities for public input.
We thank you for your interest in the project. Martha Long is available to help you as your dedicated Westar representative for this project. You may reach her at (785) 575-1989, by email at Martha.Long@westarenergy.com