The Southwest Power Pool's (SPP) Board of Directors approved ITC Great Plains' proposed 180-mile (290-km) transmission project, known as the “Kansas V-plan” in the SPP Transmission Expansion Plan (STEP). STEP is SPP's regional planning process for the expansion of electric infrastructure.

“[This] action by the Southwest Power Pool Board of Directors is a significant milestone and is a key first step in moving the Kansas V-plan ahead,” stated Carl Huslig, president of ITC Great Plains (Topeka, Kansas, U.S.).

On July 19, 2007, ITC Great Plains announced its intent to construct, own, operate and maintain a high-voltage transmission line commencing in Spearville, Kansas, and running southeast to Comanche County, Kansas, where ITC Great Plains will construct a switchyard before heading northeast to terminate just outside of Wichita, Kansas.