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Prairie Wind Transmission cuts ribbon on high-capacity transmission line in south-central Kansas

New double-circuit transmission line the first of its kind in Kansas.

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TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 27, 2014 — Prairie Wind Transmission, LLC (PWT), a joint venture between Westar Energy and Electric Transmission America, is celebrating a much anticipated milestone – completion of a 108-mile, 345-kilovolt high-capacity transmission line in south-central Kansas. The double-circuit line will serve as an electric energy super highway between eastern and western Kansas, promoting growth of renewable energy in Kansas, providing greater access to lower-cost electricity and improved reliability in the region.

Media are invited to attend as PWT cuts the ribbon for the new line at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at 1300 S. 295th Street West, Garden Plain.

“We’re celebrating the first transmission line of this magnitude in our state. The Wichita to Woodward line will play an important role in ensuring Kansans have access to reliable electricity for generations to come,” said Kelly Harrison, president, PWT and Westar’s vice president, transmission.

The transmission line, part of the broader “Y Plan,” links Westar Energy’s Wichita Substation near Gordon Evans Energy Center to the Thistle Substation near Medicine Lodge, and on to the Kansas/Oklahoma border where it connects to Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company’s portion recently completed. ITC Great Plains will construct the line from Medicine Lodge to a Clark County substation and then to Spearville.

For more information about Prairie Wind Transmission, visit

Note to media: For your convenience, a map including driving directions to the ceremony site is attached; however, the ceremony is not open to the public. 

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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas’ largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,100 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, a smart meter pilot project and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.

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Electric Transmission America is a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power and Berkshire Hathaway Energy to build and own electric transmission assets. The joint venture is a 50-50 partnership to identify and invest in high-voltage transmission projects (345-kilovolt or higher) located in North America outside of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The two companies have an existing joint venture agreement to build transmission in ERCOT. AEP, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a global provider of energy services to more than 6.9 million customers worldwide. AEP ( has extensive experience building extra-high-voltage 765-kV transmission lines and owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes 2,100 miles of 765-kV transmission lines, more than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. MidAmerican is among the largest transmission owners in the country. For more information, visit

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