Key Kansas Lawmakers Upset Over Power Line Dispute

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Some Kansas legislators are upset that state regulators expect to take a year to decide who gets to build new high-voltage power lines.

Two companies have proposed a route for the lines across southern Kansas, at a cost of $2.2 million per mile. They have filed competing applications with the Kansas Corporation Commission.

One applicant is ITC Great Plains, a Topeka-based subsidiary of a Detroit-area transmission company. The other involves Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc., the state's largest electric utility; an Ohio energy company and an Iowa firm with ties to billionaire investor Warren Buffett of Omaha.

The Republican chairmen and ranking Democrats on the utilities committees say they're worried the decision is taking too long.

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