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A MAJOR TRANSMISSION PROJECT will help
move wind energy from remote areas to regions
with high electricity demands.
New Pipeline for Clean Energy
➙Wind power is about to get a needed boost of support via
a 705-mile transmission line.
Approved by the DOE, the Plains &
Eastern Clean Line Project will deliver
up to 4,000 MW of wind power from
the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle
regions to customers in the Mid-South
and Southeast. The infrastructure will
move remote but plentiful power to areas
where electricity is in high demand,
supplying enough power for 1.5 million
The project will address infrastructure challenges outlined in the 2015 Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which
provides recommendations for energy
transmission, storage and distribution
infrastructure. The QER found that new
long-distance transmission capacity like
Clean Line has the potential to enable
lower carbon electricity, enhance system
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reliability and operate at a reasonable
cost to consumers.
Rather than alternating current (AC)
transmission lines as are traditionally
used for grid infrastructure, the project
will rely on high voltage direct current
(HVDC). This system can move more
power with lower electrical losses.
Higher efficiency means a lower transmission cost, helping renewable energy
compete with other power sources.
HVDC transmission lines also require
narrower right-of-way footprints than
equivalent AC lines.
A number of protections for taxpayers,
ratepayers and land owners have been
put in place. For example, the project
will include a 500 MW converter station
in Arkansas to ensure that consumers
in the state can benefit from the renewable energy delivered by the project. The
participation agreement also ensures
that no liability falls on the ratepayers if
the project were ever to fail.
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