FAQs

What is the Midwest Transmission Project?
The Midwest Transmission Project is a new 345-kV transmission line from Kansas City Power & Light’s (KCP&L) existing Sibley Substation located near Sibley, Missouri to a new substation (Mullin Creek Substation) located south of Maryville, Missouri and on to Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) existing Substation 3458 located near Nebraska City, Nebraska.

Who is building this transmission line?
Due to its size and regional importance, the Midwest Transmission Project is being accomplished as a partnership project between Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L). The two companies are responsible for the planning, routing, and construction of the new line and will work with their state regulatory commissions when appropriate to obtain the necessary approvals regarding siting and rate recovery.

Why is this transmission line needed?
The Midwest Transmission Project is one of the Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) ‘Priority’ projects as determined by the SPP Board of Directors and Members Committee in April of 2010. The Midwest Transmission Project is necessary to meet increasing demand for electricity, improve reliability by providing an alternate bulk supply source, and provide future access to affordable renewable power for all electric utility customers across northwest Missouri, eastern Nebraska and throughout the surrounding region.

What is the Southwest Power Pool?
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is a Regional Transmission Organization, mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which supervises and coordinates power supplies, transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale prices of electricity. The SPP is a Regional Transmission Organization with members in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas that serve more than five million customers. The SPP ensures reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale prices of electricity.

When is the project expected to be completed?
Click here to view the Project Timeline.

How long will this transmission line be?
The line will be approximately 180 miles long.

How was the route determined?
Before the Midwest Transmission Project can be built, a routing study was conducted to determine the best route for the project. The routing process involved evaluating several criteria, including proximity of residences, businesses, land use, wetlands and other natural resources, as well as public input. This process took about 12 months from Summer 2012 to Summer 2013.

How will I know if my property is affected?
See the Maps page for a detailed map of affected properties. All registered stakeholders have been notified by mail regarding the final route selection. Impacted property owners will be contacted by a project representative.

Which land owners will be approached about easements for the transmission line?
Project representatives will contact property owners along the final route to acquire easements.

What is an easement?
An easement is an interest in land which permits the use of that land for a specific purpose. In this case, the project’s easement would permit construction, operation, and maintenance of an overhead transmission power line. The easement also permits the trimming and removal of trees within the easement to prevent them from touching the line.

If an easement is purchased and the power line is built, will there be any restrictions on the use of my property?
The existence of a transmission line easement restricts some possible uses for the property. Acceptable uses within the easement areas include planting crops, pasture, roadways, curbs and gutters. The three most common restrictions would include limiting the amount of allowed grade change, prohibiting construction of permanent structures or buildings within the easement area, and restrictions on planting trees that may grow into the lines.

What about irrigation systems and farming operations?
Impacts to farm operation and irrigation have been taken into account during the route selection process and will also be considered during the detailed design phase. Every attempt will be made to minimize impacts to your farm operations. During the easement acquisition process we will negotiate with you to settle all adverse impacts caused by the line being on your property.

How are transmission line easement widths determined?
Many factors enter into determining the width of transmission lines, including voltage capacity, structure design, and location of the line with proximity to existing roadways. Typically lines carrying larger capacities require greater widths to ensure proper clearances.

Will the Midwest Transmission Project ownership allow others to use the easement?
No. KCP&L and OPPD are asking for rights to construct our transmission line including communication rights exclusive for our company needs.

How long will the easement exist; will it ever terminate?
Transmission line easements are permanent and recorded at the Recorder of Deeds Office in the County Courthouse, making them a matter of public record.

Will the Midwest Transmission Project pay my legal fees if I consult an attorney regarding the easement?
Landowners may seek advice from anyone they wish regarding KCP&L and OPPD’s acquisition of an easement, including an attorney. However, the landowner is responsible for the payment of any fees.

Can an easement be obtained if I do not agree to one?
KCP&L and OPPD will make every effort to reach an agreement to purchase easements through negotiations. On rare occasions these negotiations do not prove fruitful. At those times public utilities have the right to acquire the easement through eminent domain. The utilities will try to reach an agreement to purchase easements prior to this action.

Is this project to support wind energy in the region?
The Midwest Transmission Project is not being built for any specific wind project but will create opportunities for existing and new future wind energy to access to the regional transmission system.

Will my community benefit from this project?
The MTP will result in increased reliability of the overall electric grid. However, it is unlikely that it will directly impact the service to your local community or home. The construction of the line may also result in positive economic growth in your community if the line routes near you.

How much does this project cost?
The project is estimated to cost approximately $400 million and will employ an estimated 50 to 70 construction workers.

Who’s paying for this?
SPP’s ‘priority’ projects are paid for by all of the SPP members in the 9-state organization.

What will the transmission line look like?
This project may utilize single-pole, twin-pole (H-frame), or a combination of these structure types depending on terrain and other factors.

Do transmission lines cause illness or have health risks?
Although you may find many differing opinions on this topic, no causal link has ever been proven between electrical power lines and health issues.