In the past few years, energy demand has increased in southeast Kansas. Recent studies of the transmission system have identified the need for new power lines connecting to Frontenac and Pittsburg. Westar will upgrade two existing substations, construct a new substation, and build new transmission lines that will run through these cities. The planned project will improve energy capacity and ensure a more reliable power supply to the businesses and residents of both cities.
The map at right shows the existing transmission lines in yellow, the potential routes in blue and the new substation to be built in red. Although the cost will be reevaluated when the preferred route is determined, the initial estimated investment for the project is $25 million.
The route has to be determined before our engineers can determine the right structure types to use, but the structures will likely be:
Westar has contracted with outside experts to perform an evaluation of the area. This evaluation is intended to minimize adverse impacts to residents, their land, and the natural environment while providing a technically viable and cost-effective transmission line route.
Potential routes were developed by defining routes that would technically work and then looking for those that minimize social and environmental impacts and are economically reasonable. Input received from residents in the area will help us determine which of these routes should be selected for construction.
We thank you for your interest in the project. Alan Morti is available to help you as your dedicated Westar representative for this project. You may reach him at (316) 299-7108 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.