Project Development, Wind Power

ITC Great Plains To Move Forward with V-Plan Transmission Project

A recent state decision in Kansas clears the way for ITC Great Plains LLC to continue pursuing construction, ownership and operation of the extra-high voltage V-Plan transmission project to help support wind energy generation capacity that is set to come online across the state.

The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) ruled July 24 that ITC Great Plains can construct and own two sections of the 765 kilovolt (kV) project. The KCC ruling also gave approval to Prairie Wind Transmission LLC, to construct and own a third section of this 180-mile-long line.

ITC Great Plains, in collaboration with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation and Mid-Kansas Electric Company, will now seek other regulatory approvals required to move the project forward, including project evaluation and cost allocation resolution by the Southwest Power Pool Inc. regional planning authority and siting permission from the KCC.

The V-Plan is the largest electric infrastructure investment proposed in Kansas in nearly 25 years. It will run from Spearville to a termination point outside of Wichita and connect with another line running into Oklahoma.

In addition to improving electric reliability and facilitating wind energy in Kansas, the V-Plan will establish an east-west transmission corridor across the state. ITC Great Plains estimates it will invest approximately $400 million to construct its portions of the project at 765 kV.

Prairie Wind will construct a substation at Medicine Lodge and a third section of line from that substation to a termination point outside of Wichita. Prairie Wind also would be certificated to construct a line from the Kansas V-Plan to the Oklahoma border. The settlement agreement addresses only facilities proposed to be constructed in Kansas.