The Midwest Transmission Project will string a 345-kilovolt electric transmission line from the Kansas City Power and Light substation near Sibley, Missouri to the new Mullin Creek Substation south of Maryville, Missouri and, finally, to the Omaha Public Power District substation south of Nebraska City.
Midwest Transmission Project spokesman Bill Musgrave says the path the line will take has been carefully chosen.
“We feel like it’s a positive route that will accomplish the goals of the project and, hopefully, be as minimally disruptive as possible,” Musgrave tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KTNC.
Musgrave says the final route was chosen after a yearlong process that included 20 public open houses attended by more than 2,000 people. Property owners along the route will be contacted by their respective utility. Construction should begin in two years with completion planned for the summer of 2017.
Musgrave says the electric transmission line is part of a larger, regional, plan of the Southwest Power Pool, which is the organizing group for nine regional utilities.
“The purpose of it is to add redundancy to the power infrastructure of this part of the country, to bring new technologies into the system and to provide, also, the opportunity for alternative energy sources to flow with less congestion,” according to Musgrave.
Maps of the final route are available online at Midwest Transmission Project dot com.
By Matthew Leaf, KTNC