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Southwest Power Pool Transmission Working Group Approves Grain Belt Express Reliability Studies

Posted on 09/16/2013 by Jonathan Abebe

After two years of working closely with the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) regional transmission organization, and affected parties, the SPP Transmission Working Group (TWG) passed a motion accepting that the Grain Belt Express Clean Line reliability studies completed to date have met the coordinated planning requirements. These reliability studies, conducted by Siemens PTI, stem from SPP Criteria 3.5, which requires entities requesting transmission interconnections to work with the SPP, the TWG, and affected parties to ensure grid reliability. The Grain Belt Express Clean Line will deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east that have strong demand for clean, reliable energy. The clean energy will be transported via an approximately 750-mile overhead, direct current transmission line. Our goal is to ensure that the Grain Belt Express Clean Line will be interconnected in a reliable manner and we look forward to proceeding with detailed design and final interconnection arrangements.  To learn more about the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, click here.