Farmers, developer at odds over high-voltage power line in Kansas

cjonline.com Published: June 4, 2013

A plan for high-voltage power lines will drive farmers out of business — or provide rural counties with a needed source of revenue, depending on who you ask.



The line, called the Grain Belt Express, would transmit about 3,500 megawatts of electricity along 600 kilovolt lines from wind farms in southwest Kansas east to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, where it would join with other lines to carry the power farther east, according to developer Clean Line. The company estimates the line and new wind farms supplying it will create about 5,000 construction jobs and 500 long-term operations jobs, and deliver enough power for about 1.4 million homes.

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