On Tuesday October 28, 2009, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) reversed its decision to downgrade a high-voltage power line Kansas deems crucial for its wind industry.
The power line located in southwest Kansas had been on the list of priority projects for SPP until recently when one of SPP’s committees recently removed it from the list and replaced it with a high-voltage line in Oklahoma.
But the Southwest Power Pool’s board of directors, in a meeting Tuesday in Tulsa, once again made the Kansas line a priority. The decision was smoothed in part by a compromise that the 765,000-volt line will be operated at about half that capacity, at least initially. That will reduce its cost by about $200 million — to $518 million — while still being large enough to allow the state to export wind energy. Read More About Kansas Wind.