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Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC, an affiliate of Clean Line Energy Partners, reports that the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has unanimously approved an order granting a siting permit to construct the 370-mile Kansas portion of a new 750-mile direct-current transmission line.

The line will originate near Dodge City, Kan., and traverse north and east to the Kansas-Missouri border. According to the company, the project is poised to deliver wind energy from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east that have strong demand for the energy.

The entire $2 billion project is expected to take several years to permit and could begin commercial operation as early as 2018.

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