The Hutchinson News, Kan.

Officials this week powered up a new 122-mile-long voltage electric transmission line that runs from Medicine Lodge to Spearville, the second phase of a project known as the V-Plan that ties into the Gordon Evans Energy Center in Wichita.

Built by ITC Great Plains,LLC, in conjunction with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation and Mid-Kansas Electric Company, the double-circuit, 345,000-volt (345kV) transmission line "is designed to connect eastern and western Kansas in order to improve electric reliability, enable energy developers to tap into the transmission grid, and promote economic development in the region," according to a company news release.

The newly charged system includes substations in Clark County, at the Ironwood wind farm and at Spearville.

Siting for the transmission route began in 2011.

The first 108-mile section of the line, from Medicine Lodge to Wichita, was completed in October 2014.

"The completion of the V-Plan project demonstrates ITC's ongoing commitment to helping Kansas and the region modernize and expand critical energy infrastructure," said Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp.

"The V-Plan transmission project was completed on time and on budget and will result in the state and region benefiting from a markedly improved, reliable and modern grid." said Kristine Schmidt, president, ITC Great Plains.

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