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Westar Energy plans more transmission lines in Kansas

October 27, 2010

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— Westar Energy says it plans to build several transmission lines across the state in the next decade.

Westar officials say a new Kansas law requiring utilities to produce more electricity from renewable sources is prompting the need for an improved electrical grid.

Kelly Harrison, a Westar vice president, says wind energy projects in Kansas are being slowed by the state's current grid of transmission lines.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Westar did not set a timetable for any project. The projects will be coordinated through the Southwest Power Pool, an organization with members in Kansas and eight other states. The Kansas Corporation Commission would have to approve any new lines.

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Les Blevins 3 years, 5 months ago

Wind power is backed or at least not opposed by the monopoly power utilities because they know that with wind being very unreliable their generation stations must be kept online and ready to back up the wind. And the utilities are afraid the towns and cities will opt to become self generators using wind, solar and biomass with municipal trash as a fuel tossed in. I'm working to empower that through development of such innovation. Power to the people I say.

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sad_lawrencian 3 years, 5 months ago

Why does every comment on this forum have to be "spun" in a negative way? Why does every commenter have to be sarcastic and cynical? Can't some good news for the area/economy just be good news? Do these people, and I'm thinking of "The_Big_B" in particular, have nothing better to do than sit around and write negative messages on these forums? (Yes, I have occasionally authored negative comments on this forum, but mostly my comments were not sarcastic and cynical--there was some substance behind them.) Really. Some people should get a life.

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sad_lawrencian 3 years, 5 months ago

More power lines in Kansas can only be a good thing. It means this state is growing. More infrastructure = good news for all of us.

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