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Transmission line to transport 3,500 megawatts from Kansas to Missouri

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, May 31, 2011

An ambitious project is currently in the planning stages in Kansas that could have far-reaching consequences for state residents, according to a report.

The Boston Herald reports that the Grain Belt Express transmission line is being designed by Clean Line Energy Partners. Plans call for a 550-mile transmission line to be built that will connect the western part of the state with Missouri, transporting electricity generated at a large-scale wind farm to be built in what is one of the windiest regions in the U.S.

In total, the transmission line will be capable of moving 3,500 megawatts of electricity. According to analysts, that is a sufficient enough amount of electricity to power more than 3.5 million homes. Clean Line Energy Partners director of development Mark Lawlor said the transmission line will connect via a substation and presents a variety of design obstacles.

"The trick is you’ve got to move it from windy parts of the country to where the population centers are," Lawlor said. "We want to do it on a large scale to keep the overall cost of the power at a minimum."

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