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Grain Belt Express selects Siemens Energy as HVDC technology partner

Grain Belt Express, an Invenergy Transmission project, has selected Siemens Energy Inc. to supply the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission technology for Phase 1 of the 800-mile project. Grain Belt Express will deliver 100% domestic, clean, and affordable electricity to homes and businesses across four Midwest states—Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana—and other regions. At 5,000 megawatts of capacity, it is the highest-capacity line in development in the United States, connecting grid regions that serve 40% of American households. Phase 1 of the project is proposed to include an HVDC transmission line that extends approximately 530 miles between the converter stations in Kansas and Missouri.

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DOE eyeing loan guarantee for revitalized Grain Belt Express power line

The Energy Department is considering granting a loan guarantee to the recently revived Grain Belt Express Transmission line project, The Energy Daily has learned. If granted to underwrite the power line — which would cross four states and knit together four power markets — it would mark the first loan guarantee that the DOE has issued for a high-voltage, direct-current power line.

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