Prairie Wind Transmission Line Groundbreaking

Several representatives from Sumner County attended the groundbreaking for the Prairie Wind Transmission project Aug 1st in Colwich. A portion of this transmission line will run through Sumner County. Present at the event were Janis Hellard, Director, Economic Development Commission, Jon Bristor, Director, Planning and Zoning, Melinda McCurley, Administrative Assistant with Planning and Zoning, Nita Simonton, County Engineering Superintendent, Kansas House Representative Vince Wetta and his wife Marilyn. 

The Prairie Wind Transmission’s portion of the “Y” Plan is a 108-mile double-circuit 345-kV high-capacity transmission line linking Westar’s Wichita Substation to a new 345-kV substation near Medicine Lodge, KS. The project will provide enhanced electric reliability in Kansas and support expansion of renewable electricity generation in the region – primarily wind.