Grain Belt Express

Grain Belt Express

moving energy from source to market

Grain Belt Express is an approximately 800-mile, 600-kilovolt high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line project. When built, it will deliver up to 4,000 megawatts (MW) of low-cost sustainable power from western Kansas and the surrounding area to customers in Missouri and other states in the region.

Grain Belt Express

As the sustainable energy industry continues to grow, 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.

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.

Overview

1,600,000 homes powered annually

$2,000,000,000 in infrastructure investment

Challenge

The challenge lies in connecting these resources with the communities that need them. Grain Belt Express is a solution that will move large amounts of power over long distances to deliver this resource to market.

Solution

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. 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.

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