Hearings upcoming on massive Kansas power line
HAYS (AP) — Public hearings are scheduled for a proposed power line that would span part of Kansas and deliver electricity to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
The Hays Daily News reports that the Grain Belt Express line will cross Russell and Osborne counties and send 600,000 volts of electricity from wind farms. The Kansas Corporation Commission already has found the project to be in the public interest. The hearings, including one scheduled for Tuesday night in Russell, will focus on its location.
Besides the hearings, comments also can be made in writing through Aug. 28.
The goal of the project is to enable wind farms to be built and send electricity out of state. None of the power will be available for use in Kansas.
To improve efficiency, the line will use direct current, which carries nearly twice the electricity as an alternating-current line. As a result, the lattice and steel monopole structures to support the lines will be 100 to 175 feet tall, with taller structures in some locations. Poles will be from 1,200 feet to 1,500 feet apart. Construction is planned to start in 2016.