By Tim Carpenter – September 30, 2020
TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly touted job creation, opportunities to expand wind farming and potential savings for ratepayers Wednesday with construction of an electric transmission line to move power from western Kansas to consumers in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
She joined transmission developer Invenergy to outline benefits of Grain Belt Express, which is a 780-mile project designed to transfer 4,000 megawats of wind-powered electricity from the rural plains to population centers. The project has been mired in legal and political battles, but could alleviate a shortage of transmission capacity in Kansas needed for delivery of its abundant wind resource.