This week, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) granted Grain Belt Express Clean Line the right to construct the Kansas portion of the transmission line. We are very pleased with the KCC Order and grateful to the Commission for their careful consideration of our application and proposed route.
We would like to thank Kansans who attended Public Hearings about the project, provided feedback on routing options at our Public Open Houses, and took the time to write letters of support. Thank you for engaging with us and for raising the bar for companies like ours. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the participation of thousands of landowners, farmers, community leaders, elected officials, economic development organizations, wind developers, and local business owners in our routing process. We are particularly grateful to the Kansas Farm Bureau, which has provided valuable input to our easement agreement and allowed us to address questions from their members. The Nature Conservancy’s Kansas Chapter and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism helped us deepen our understanding of Kansas’ treasured natural resources and provided input to ensure the project minimizes impacts to these areas.
This approval moves the Grain Belt Express Clean Line one step closer to providing Kansas the opportunity to further harness its phenomenal wind resource and create thousands of local jobs. It also brings the project closer to connecting abundant, affordable, clean energy to communities and states that need it.
Kansas’ wind resource could generate 950,000 MW, more than 80 times the state’s power generation needs. The Grain Belt Express will deliver up to 3500 MW of cost-competitive wind power, roughly doubling the current installed capacity in the state. Each year it will deliver the equivalent of three times the annual output of the Hoover Dam. The line itself will mean an investment of 2 billion, and the wind projects enabled by Grain Belt will mean an investment of roughly $7 billion.
We have a lot of work ahead of us. Developing a project of this scale is a long-term undertaking, and Clean Line is fully committed to developing the Grain Belt Express Clean Line in an environmentally responsible and transparent manner, with input from thousands of stakeholders. We will continue to listen to and engage with landowners and local communities, and our team is always available to answer questions about the project. Thank you again to everyone who has participated in this process and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead.