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ITC Great Plains LLC and Mid-Kansas Electric Co. LLC have received siting approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) for their portion of the Elm Creek-to-Summit high-voltage electric transmission line project in north central Kansas.

"The Elm Creek-to-Summit project will benefit residents and businesses in north central Kansas and the broader region by reducing congestion across the transmission network and improving the reliability and efficiency of the grid," says Kristine Schmidt, president of ITC Great Plains.

The 60-mile, 345 kV transmission line will connect the ITC Great Plains Elm Creek Substation, approximately four miles northwest of Aurora, to Westar Energy's Summit Substation, located about five miles northeast of Assaria.

ITC Great Plains, in partnership with Mid-Kansas, will construct the northern half of the line in Cloud and Ottawa counties and co-own and operate this section of the line with Mid-Kansas. Westar Energy will build, own and operate the southern half of the line. The project also will involve upgrades at both substations.

"As a cooperatively operated company, Mid-Kansas continues to seek ways to serve our six member-owners that provide electricity to approximately 200,000 people in central and western Kansas," says Stuart Lowry, president and CEO of Mid-Kansas. "Through our partnership with ITC, the Elm Creek-to-Summit project will benefit our members and the region, improving transmission reliability and facilitating the regional energy market."

Right-of-way acquisition and engineering design are tentatively scheduled for 2013-2015, followed by construction in 2015 and 2016. The line is expected to be energized shortly thereafter.




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