Grain Belt Express

Grain Belt Express

An energy connection for America’s heartland

Grain Belt Express is a new long-distance transmission line carrying more affordable, reliable power to millions of Americans in the Midwest and other regions – connecting more Americans to 100% domestic, clean electricity sources.

Grain Belt Express

Grain Belt Express will be a renewable energy and reliability backbone for the United States, and an economic engine for the Midwest. Running approximately 800 miles from Southwestern Kansas to Indiana, the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line will tap into one of America’s strongest renewable energy resources and be built at no cost to consumers.

Grain Belt Express will play a major role in economic recovery and growth in the Midwest by delivering thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in energy savings, and tens of millions of dollars for local communities and landowners.

Overview

1,600,000 homes powered annually

$2,000,000,000 in infrastructure investment

Challenge

The U.S. has some of the best renewable resources in the world, but they are often stranded in locations far from communities with significant demand for electricity.
As demand for clean energy grows, the U.S. electric transmission grid must expand to accommodate this growth and to ensure that the benefits that come along with new energy projects reach as many Americans as possible.

Solution

Similar to the trains that carry grain harvested in the Midwest to market, Grain Belt Express will move energy from where it is produced to markets that have a strong demand for low-cost, clean power.
The sustainable energy produced in western Kansas will be transported using HVDC technology. HVDC is the preferred technology for moving large amounts of power over long distances.

Benefits

Grain Belt Express is a tremendous economic development opportunity that will create thousands of jobs, reduce pollutants by millions of tons, and add low-cost power to utility portfolios, leading to consumer benefits.

By the Numbers

Infrastructure Investment

$2B+ infrastructure investment

Landowner Payments

$100M+ landowner payments

Low-Cost Power

4000+ MW of low-cost wind power

Homes Powered

1.6M homes powered per year

Construction Jobs

Thousands of construction jobs

Property Taxes

Millions per year in property tax revenue

Carbon Reduction

Carbon reduction equal to taking 2 million cars off the road each year