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1 Kansas Electric Transmission Authority (KETA) A Briefing for the Inaugural Meeting of State Infrastructure Authorities By Rep. Carl Holmes, Chairman, and Earnie Lehman, Vice Chairman Rapid City, South Dakota June 13, 2007

2 Who Is KETA? Created by Kansas Legislature in 2005Created by Kansas Legislature in 2005 Began operations in 2006Began operations in 2006 Seven Board MembersSeven Board Members –Three Appointed by Governor with Senate Confirmation –Four Year Terms (staggered initially) –Four Legislators ex officio – Chairs and ranking minority members of Senate and House Utilities Committees

3 Members Chairman Rep. Carl D. HolmesChairman Rep. Carl D. Holmes Vice-Chairman Earnie LehmanVice-Chairman Earnie Lehman Secretary-Treasurer Tim McKeeSecretary-Treasurer Tim McKee Les EvansLes Evans Senator Jay EmlerSenator Jay Emler Senator Janis LeeSenator Janis Lee Rep. Annie KuetherRep. Annie Kuether

4 KETAS Mission Our mission is to ensure reliable operation of the electrical transmission system, diversify and expand the Kansas economy, and facilitate consumption of Kansas energy through improvements in the state's electric transmission infrastructure.Our mission is to ensure reliable operation of the electrical transmission system, diversify and expand the Kansas economy, and facilitate consumption of Kansas energy through improvements in the state's electric transmission infrastructure.

5 Where We Are Today Finalizing analysis of two promising new transmission projects.Finalizing analysis of two promising new transmission projects. Contracting for legal services.Contracting for legal services. Evaluating best uses for the initial $1 million of project development funding approved for FY07.Evaluating best uses for the initial $1 million of project development funding approved for FY07. Building bridges to other states.Building bridges to other states.

6 Drivers For KETAs Formation Assist development of wind energy resources for eastern Kansas and export to other states.Assist development of wind energy resources for eastern Kansas and export to other states. Increase ability to import and export fossil-fueled generation.Increase ability to import and export fossil-fueled generation. Reduce large retail rate disparities within Kansas.Reduce large retail rate disparities within Kansas. Subtext – lack of new construction by transmission owners in an increasingly constrained environmentSubtext – lack of new construction by transmission owners in an increasingly constrained environment

7 KETA Authority The Authority may plan, finance, construct, develop, acquire, own and dispose of transmission facilities.The Authority may plan, finance, construct, develop, acquire, own and dispose of transmission facilities. The Authority shall function as a public entity and shall contract for maintenance and operation of transmission facilities.The Authority shall function as a public entity and shall contract for maintenance and operation of transmission facilities.

8 Other Specific Powers Enter into contracts with Kansas Development Finance Authority to issue bonds and provide financing for projects.Enter into contracts with Kansas Development Finance Authority to issue bonds and provide financing for projects. Recover costs through Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Regional Transmission Organization tariffsRecover costs through Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Regional Transmission Organization tariffs Additional cost recovery through Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) assessments on Kansas retail customers.Additional cost recovery through Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) assessments on Kansas retail customers.

9 Authority Taxation KETA shall not pay Kansas income taxKETA shall not pay Kansas income tax KETA shall not pay Kansas sales taxKETA shall not pay Kansas sales tax KETA shall pay property tax the same as privately and cooperatively owned utilitiesKETA shall pay property tax the same as privately and cooperatively owned utilities

10 KETA, State and Local Entities State agencies and local government units must provide information, assistance and advice as requested by the AuthorityState agencies and local government units must provide information, assistance and advice as requested by the Authority State agencies and local governments are authorized to lease, lend, grant, or convey to the Authority without public noticeState agencies and local governments are authorized to lease, lend, grant, or convey to the Authority without public notice

11 KETA Limitations All transmission projects must be accepted by the SPP.All transmission projects must be accepted by the SPP. Before KETA can proceed with construction, a notice shall be published and private entities have three months to notify the Authority they will build the project.Before KETA can proceed with construction, a notice shall be published and private entities have three months to notify the Authority they will build the project. If the project is not started within 180 days, KETA may proceed with the project.If the project is not started within 180 days, KETA may proceed with the project.

12 Proposed Transmission Projects Benefiting Kansas

13 WAPA Transmission Project WAPA Transmission Project Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) 1000 miles of new transmission lines1000 miles of new transmission lines $1 billion investment$1 billion investment time frame time frame Supports two new 700 MW coal-fired power plants at Holcomb, KansasSupports two new 700 MW coal-fired power plants at Holcomb, Kansas Synchronized with Western Power GridSynchronized with Western Power Grid

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15 Proposed X Plan $419 million projected cost, not including underlying upgrades$419 million projected cost, not including underlying upgrades Spearville - Mooreland - Potter 345 kVSpearville - Mooreland - Potter 345 kV Wichita - Mooreland - Oklahoma CityWichita - Mooreland - Oklahoma City 345 kV 345 kV

16 Kansas/Panhandle Study

17 Central Kansas Projects Wichita - Reno 345 kV certificatedWichita - Reno 345 kV certificated Reno – Summit 345 kV proposedReno – Summit 345 kV proposed Rose Hill - Sooner 345 kV proposedRose Hill - Sooner 345 kV proposed Knoll - S Hays - Heizer 230 kV conversion underwayKnoll - S Hays - Heizer 230 kV conversion underway Spearville – Reno 345 kVKETA/SPP studySpearville – Reno 345 kVKETA/SPP study Spearville/Knoll/Axtell NE 345 kV KETA/SPP studySpearville/Knoll/Axtell NE 345 kV KETA/SPP study

18 Potential 345 kV Expansion

19 August 2006 Announcements ITC Great Plains, LLC and Westar Energy simultaneously announced plans to build new 345 kV transmission facilitiesITC Great Plains, LLC and Westar Energy simultaneously announced plans to build new 345 kV transmission facilities ITC Great Plains, LLC has a pending application for a limited Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to allow it to build, own and operate transmissionITC Great Plains, LLC has a pending application for a limited Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to allow it to build, own and operate transmission Westar Energy has received KCC approval to construct the first 345 kV line segment and is siting the second segment.Westar Energy has received KCC approval to construct the first 345 kV line segment and is siting the second segment. Kansas has gone from limited transmission interest to competition for projectsKansas has gone from limited transmission interest to competition for projects

20 KETAs Initial Success KETA has accelerated the decision process for new transmission and fostered a competitive environment for construction.KETA has accelerated the decision process for new transmission and fostered a competitive environment for construction. Kansas has gone from little movement forward to competing companies desiring to build the same transmission lines.Kansas has gone from little movement forward to competing companies desiring to build the same transmission lines. KETA is challenging the existing, narrow planning process by recognizing benefits hitherto ignored or unquantified. This will justify more construction.KETA is challenging the existing, narrow planning process by recognizing benefits hitherto ignored or unquantified. This will justify more construction.

21 KETAs Challenges Accurately capture benefits and costs of potential projects.Accurately capture benefits and costs of potential projects. Access federal tax-exempt financing to facilitate construction.Access federal tax-exempt financing to facilitate construction. Integrate into regional transmission planning process.Integrate into regional transmission planning process. Strengthen bonds with other state infrastructure authorities for planning and advocacy.Strengthen bonds with other state infrastructure authorities for planning and advocacy. Build new transmission or cause it to be built.Build new transmission or cause it to be built.

22 Contact Information KETA website:KETA website: KETA contact:KETA contact: Rep. Carl D. Holmes PO Box 2288 Liberal, KS 67905Rep. Carl D. Holmes PO Box 2288 Liberal, KS 67905


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