The Midwest Transmission Project
The Midwest Transmission Project is a partnership project being accomplished by Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). This Project consists of the planning, identification of a route, and construction of 180 miles of a new 345-kV transmission line from KCP&L’s existing Sibley Substation located near Sibley, Missouri connecting to the new Mullin Creek Substation located south of Maryville, Missouri and on to OPPD’s existing Substation 3458 located at their Nebraska City Power Station south of Nebraska City, Nebraska.
The Midwest Transmission Project team, after receiving input from area residents, community leaders, landowners and other stakeholders, has determined a final route for construction of the new transmission line. The final route selection is a culmination of an extensive year-long information gathering process by the Midwest Transmission Project.
In order to select a route that maximizes benefits and minimizes impacts to the community, the team hosted 20 public meetings throughout the project area, which were attended by more than 2,000 residents. In addition, we met with local officials and various government agencies, and sought and received significant feedback throughout the year. The combination of this feedback has been a crucial component in the route selection process. In addition to input from stakeholders, we identified and evaluated all potential routes using physical and social criteria including proximity to residences and businesses, land use, wetlands, and other natural resources.
Now that the route has been selected, the project team will divide responsibilities with OPPD moving forward in Nebraska and KCP&L moving forward in Missouri. While each team will work independently on their respective portion of the project, they will continue to coordinate and communicate project activities with one another. In the coming months, those property owners on the final selected route will be contacted by the utility working in their respective areas regarding the next phase of the project.
We thank all of the thousands of people who have provided valuable input throughout the entire process.