Continental Connector, LLC, a Grid United company, is developing a high voltage transmission line to connect the eastern and western interconnects, the two largest grid systems in America, by linking infrastructure in Santa Fe County, New Mexico to that in Ford County, Kansas. By enabling power to move between the two grids, Continental Connector will increase the reliability and resiliency of both power grids and allow generators in New Mexico and Kansas to access more markets.
The approximately 500-mile transmission line will be able to move up to 3,000 MW of power between its two converter stations (end points). The Continental Connector will be open to all sources of electrical power generation and will transport power in both directions – depending on the real-time power demand on each side.
Continental Connector is in the planning and development phase. We are studying several corridors for the proposed project and continue to gather input from stakeholders as we further evaluate the potential location for the line. Using that input, we will finalize our route analysis and initiate regulatory filings, with final approvals hoped for in 2025. Construction will commence after the project secures land rights and obtains the necessary regulatory approvals. Continental Connector could be operational as early as 2030.
Currently, the U.S. power system is comprised of three grids, or “Interconnections”— Eastern, Western, and ERCOT (covering most of Texas). They largely operate independently of one another due to limited connections between the three grids, leading to decreased energy efficiency and reliability for consumers.
Continental Connector will link two of the U.S power grids to create a wide range of benefits:
Continental Connector is currently in the planning and development phase. We are studying several corridors for the proposed HVDC transmission line and continue to gather input from stakeholders as we further evaluate the potential location for the line. We have also begun meeting with key stakeholders to introduce the project and gather input, which we will use to finalize our route analysis and initiate regulatory filings.