Kansas home to new clean energy project

Source: By Sarah Motter, WIBW • Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2020

(John Hanna | AP)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas is now the home to a new clean energy project which will originate in Spearville.

Governor Laura Kelly says Kansas is now home to a new clean energy project from global developer Invenergy. She says the new project is called the Grain Belt Express which will bring clean, low-cost energy to states such as Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

Kris Zadlo, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Invenergy, says the company has developed over 160 clean energy projects around the globe, which includes the 200 MegaWatt wind facility in Ellis County that has provided power to 21 Kansas towns over the last five years.

“Kansas is uniquely positioned to be a regional and national leader in the development and expansion of clean and renewable energy,” Governor Kelly said. “The Grain Belt Express will be instrumental in helping to power Kansas and other states, and will bring nearly 1,000 jobs and billions in economic investment and energy savings to our state. My administration is committed to rebuilding our foundation and supporting key investments that will continue to boost economic development, recruit businesses, foster a healthy workforce, and produce sustained growth.”

According to Zadlo, the Grain Belt Express is a new low-cost, clean energy project which will connect Americans with American resources. He said the project will begin in Spearville and send the energy to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. He said the new infrastructure project will ensure the state sees new growth and investment opportunities over the next two decades.

“Economic recovery and long-term economic competitiveness in Kansas and Missouri depend on new investment, more jobs, and tapping into low-cost, homegrown clean energy, which Grain Belt is moving full speed ahead to deliver,” Zadlo said. “Grain Belt is proud to increase our investment in Kansas and Missouri to rebuild the economy, deliver billions of dollars in energy cost savings, and meet growing renewable energy demand.”

Bill Murphy, Deputy Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, said renewable energy is not only good for the environment but also good for business. He said wind energy already employs thousands of Kansans and the new project will be critical to help face the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All of us in the Kelly administration are extremely proud of our state’s position as a national leader in wind energy production – and we know the future is even brighter on this important front,” Deputy Secretary Murphy said. “Not only is Kansas wind energy production good for the environment, it’s also good for business. Wind energy is a proven job creator that employs thousands of Kansans, and has helped to fuel our state’s economy with billions of dollars in capital investment.”

According to Gov. Kelly, the Grainbelt Express will provide 22,525 jobs during its three-year construction phase and 968 permanent full-time jobs. She said during her time in office, her team has closed a total of 157 infrastructure projects.

To learn more about Invenergy, click here.

To learn more about the Grain Belt Express, click here.