Westar Energy commits to new transmission projects

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Topeka, Kan., October 27, 2010 — Westar Energy is committing to developing additions to Kansas’ electrical transmission network over the next decade.

Westar Energy named multiple projects that have been studied by the Southwest Power Pool to ensure long-term regional reliability, enable the growth of renewable energy, reduce emissions, use existing transmission corridors and assure cost efficient production and transmission of electricity.

Potential project locations and their approximated lengths include:

* A 70-mile line from Jeffrey Energy Center, near St. Marys, to Iatan Energy Center, near Atchison;

* A 90-mile line from Jeffrey Energy Center to Manhattan to Concordia;

* A 60-mile line from Concordia to Salina;

* A 100-mile line from Salina to Hays;

* A 45-mile line from Jeffrey Energy Center to Swissvale;

* A 160-mile line from Hutchinson to Great Bend to Spearville;

* A 80-mile line from Wichita to Rose Hill; and

* A 40-mile line from Wolf Creek nuclear plant, near Burlington, to Emporia.

These projects are all contemplated at 345 KV as identified by the Southwest Power Pool for further study and, if approved, construction may begin at various times in the next decade.

The SPP is a federally approved regional transmission organization with members in Kansas and eight other states. At the appropriate time, each of the projects will be subject to siting authority by the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Westar said that in addition to the factors listed above, new laws are driving the need for a better electric grid, including one in Kansas that require utilities to have more electricity come from renewable sources. A national renewable energy standard is also under consideration.

Westar will continue to collaborate with the SPP, neighboring transmission owners and market participants in identifying cost effective projects and getting them approved, in the right sequence, at the right time and with assurance they are built efficiently.

Westar Energy, Inc. provides electric service to about 686,000 customers in Kansas. Westar Energy has about 7,100 MW of electric generation capacity and operates and coordinates more than 35,000 miles of electric distribution and transmission lines.

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  • The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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