Kansas wind energy may suffer a severe blow if the Southwest Power Pool approves a recommendation to to a drop a high-voltage transmission line in the state from its list of priority projects.

The $700 million line, which was to be up and running by 2013, would ship wind energy to other states and was a crucial part of plans to expand Kansas’ wind industry.

The strategic planning committee of the Southwest Power Pool, which oversees the transmission grid in all or parts of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas, recently recommended four other projects as priorities and excluded the Kansas line. Those recommendations could be endorsed today at a meeting of the pool’s board in Tulsa. Read More About Transmission for Kansas Wind