Renewable energy provides Americans with jobs, clean air, and energy security. However, continued growth of the wind energy industry depends on the expansion of the U.S. electric transmission grid. The United States has some of the best renewable resources in the world, but they are predominantly located far from large population centers. The challenge lies in connecting these rich resources to communities that need the power.
An effective transmission solution requires the appropriate technology. The Grain Belt Express will deliver approximately 4,000 megawatts of low-cost wind power from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states that have strong demand for clean, reliable energy. The clean energy will be transported via an approximately 780-mile overhead, direct current (DC) transmission line. DC is the most efficient and cost effective technology to move large amounts of power over long distances, due to its lower electricity losses and smaller footprint than comparable alternating current (AC) lines.