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New Grain Belt Express transmission line to bring thousands of jobs to Kansas

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 13:07:04-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new transmission line connected to the Grain Belt Express will bring thousands of jobs and $8 billion in investment to the state of Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday.

The state partnered with Invergy to bring the transmission line, which is 800-miles long, to the state.

“Kansas is uniquely positioned to be a regional and national leader in the development and expansion of clean and renewable energy,” Kelly said in a press release. “The Grain Belt Express will be instrumental in helping to power Kansas and other states, and will bring nearly 1,000 jobs and billions in economic investment and energy savings to our state. My administration is committed to rebuilding our foundation and supporting key investments that will continue to boost economic development, recruit businesses, foster a healthy workforce, and produce sustained growth.”

Analysis by Invergy showed the line should bring 22,525 jobs over a three year construction period and create 968 permanent jobs to the state.

The line is also projected to save $7 billion in electricity costs to consumers in Kansas and Missouri through the year 2045, according to the release.

The Grain Belt Express will begin in Spearville, Kansas, and eventually make its way through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.