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Kansas Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-KS)

In Kansas, a developer may need to obtain a siting permit from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) prior to preparing a site for construction for a electric transmission project.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Kansas Federal

Transmission Siting: Kansas does not have a state comprehensive siting process for transmission project development.
Transmission Siting Agency: Kansas Corporation Commission
Transmission Siting Threshold: Electric transmission line projects that are 230 kV or greater and at least 5 miles in length.
Transmission Siting Act: K.S.A. §§ 66-1177, et seq., Kansas Siting Act
Preemptive Authority: Kansas Corporation Commission has the authority to regulate electric transmission lines.
Regulated Entity Definition: An "electric utility" means every public utility which owns, controls, operates, or manages any equipment, plant, or generating machinery for the production, transmission, delivery, or furnishing of electricity or electric power. K.S.A. §§ 66-1177(a). A public utility includes "...all companies for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water or power." K.S.A. §§ 66-104(a).
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Electric utilities may need a Transmission Siting Permit from the Kansas Corporation Commission to “…prepare, or construct a electric transmission line, or exercise of the right of eminent domain…” for electric transmission line projects that are 230 kV or greater and at least 5 miles in length. K.S.A. §§ 66-1178.
Processing Timeframe: Kansas Corporation Commission issues a final order regarding a Transmission Siting Permit within 120 days of the application filing date. K.S.A. §§ 66-1180.