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KCC Approves Route For High-Voltage Line

The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a route for a Texas company's proposed $7 billion high-voltage line that would funnel power from wind farms in southwest Kansas to out-of-state sites.

The KCC has approved Clean Line Energy's route for the line. In Kansas, the transmission line would run 370 miles from wind farms in Ford County to Missouri, across Illinois and into Indiana. Clean Line still needs approval in Missouri and Illinois.

The proposed line has drawn objections from Kansas residents. Marshall County filed to intervene, saying the project is a burden because it's tax exempt for 10 years, residents can't use the energy and the county would have to provide police and fire protection.