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Clean Line Energy Partners LLC (Clean Line) and WindPole Ventures (WindPole) announce plans to build a wind resource monitoring network in southwestern Kansas to support the planned Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project. It will deliver 3,500MW of renewable power from Kansas to Southeastern Missouri and points farther east.

Clean Line solely develops transmission lines and is utilizing the wind resource monitoring network to support its efforts to forecast utilization rates of the proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project. It will help future customers plan appropriately for the integration of 3,500MW of new wind power. WindPole will equip its portfolio of existing narrow face towers to generate a complete meteorological picture with seasonal and intra-day measurements. WindPole will instrument 120-meter towers around Spearville, Kansas, near the proposed terminus of Clean Line's Grain Belt Express. Each tower in WindPole's network will capture actual wind resource data at the turbine hub height. WindPole's sensors and communications architecture deliver high resolution five minute data. Sensors, booms and systems are guided by Annex G of IEC 61400-12-1. V-Bar, LLC is advising both firms, and will guide WindPole on sensor placement. The wind resource monitoring network in Kansas is estimated to take 90 days to implement. WindPole will begin monitoring the flow of bankable data on the region's wind resources.
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