South Central Reliability Project
In the past few years, the need for energy has increased in south-central Kansas. Recent studies of the transmission system have identified the need for a new power line connecting a substation southwest of Conway Springs with one northwest of Clearwater. A new line, which may also include rebuilding part of an existing line, between these two substations will help keep electricity in your area and south-central Kansas reliable.
This map shows the final, selected route for the new power line in red. The initial estimated investment for the project is $78 million.
- Improve electric system reliability overall
- Enable economic growth
- Strengthen the regional transmission grid
- Provide tax revenue, construction jobs and local expenditures
- Expand capabilities for future investment in area industry
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About the Line
The route has to be determined before our engineers can determine the right structure types to use, but the structures will likely be:
- Self-weathering structures
- Between 100 and 120 feet tall
- Spacing between each pole will be around 700 feet
Westar contracted with outside experts to perform an evaluation of the area between the substations. This evaluation was intended to minimize adverse impacts to residents, their land, and the natural environment while providing a technically viable and cost-effective transmission line route. Potential routes were developed by defining routes that would technically work and then looking for those that minimize social and environmental impacts and are economically reasonable. Input received from residents in the area also helped us determine the final selected route.
Keeping You Informed
We thank you for your interest in the project. Zach Timmons is available to help you as your dedicated Westar representative for this project. You may reach him at (316) 299-7164 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.