NOVI, Mich., December 13, 2012 – ITC Great Plains, LLC, in conjunction with Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and Midwest Energy, Inc., has placed Phase II of the KETA (Spearville-Axtell) high-voltage electric transmission project into service, marking completion of the project. The 227-mile, 345,000-volt line from Spearville, Kan., to Axtell, Neb., will improve the reliability and efficiency of the regional grid and make more affordable energy available. It entered service nearly six months ahead of the original schedule, enabling Kansans to realize the benefits of the project earlier than anticipated and at a cost well below the original estimate.
MEDICINE LODGE, Kan., November 14, 2012 – ITC Great Plains, LLC today celebrated the beginning of construction of the V-Plan high-voltage transmission line project, the company’s second major transmission project in Kansas. At a groundbreaking ceremony near Medicine Lodge on the site of one of the project’s substations, ITC welcomed state and local officials, regional planning authorities, utility industry representatives and community leaders to mark the start of work on the 122-mile, 345,000 volt (345 kV) transmission line from Medicine Lodge to Spearville, Kan.
On Friday morning, the president of ITC Great Plains came to Dodge City Community College to present the college with scholarship funds.
ITC Great Plains is a transmission-only utility that is working to improve electrical transmission throughout Kansas and the surrounding areas. The utility is currently working on a transmission line that will run from Spearville to Axtell, Neb., and will provide electricity to over 30,000 homes from the Spearville wind farms. The utility is also working on a project called the V-Plan, which will connect the Spearville substation to the Thistle substation, just east of Medicine Lodge, and will continue to improve electrical transmission.
It's a twist on the classic conundrum of which came first, the chicken or the egg?
As far as counties and developers are concerned in the wind-rich region of northwest Kansas, it's more of a question of which needs to come first, the wind farms or the transmission line to move the electricity produced by the spinning turbine blades?
TOPEKA, Kan., July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ITC Great Plains, LLC yesterday received siting approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) for the V-Plan high-voltage electric transmission line, a project designed to connect eastern and western Kansas. The route approved by the KCC for the 345,000 volt (345kV) double-circuit line runs approximately 122 miles through southwestern Kansas from the existing Spearville substation to two new substations: the Clark County substation in northern Clark County and the Thistle substation east of Medicine Lodge in central Barber County.