SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) - Representatives of a Texas company met with community members and businesspeople in Sullivan Thursday to discuss plans for a new high-voltage power line to run between wind farms in Kansas and a power station in Sullivan County.
The power line, known as the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, would run across Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana to link wind farms on the Great Plains with markets in the east.
Clean Line Energy, the company building the line, plans to file as a utility in Illinois and Indiana. Company representatives said that they hope to buy up all the easements needed to build the line and to avoid using eminent domain in the process.
The company hopes to begin construction of the line by 2015, and company representatives say the project will bring hundreds of jobs along the path of the proposed power line both for construction and for maintenance and grass mowing in years to come.
"We will look to hire local vendors however possible to do the construction, the surveying, the land acquisition, not only here in Indiana but along the whole project which starts in Kansas and goes through Missouri and Illinois," said project developer Diana Coggin.
Coggin said the project will be privately funded, and she said newer, more efficient wind turbines have reduced the cost of wind energy.
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