Planned electricity transmission line could boost wind generation in Oklahoma

A planned transmission line that would take wind power directly from Oklahoma  to Tennessee  has yet to clear state and federal regulatory hurdles but has begun lining up potential suppliers.

Clean Line Energy Partners’ Plains and Eastern project would span more than 800 miles from western Oklahoma to western Tennessee. The company hopes to begin construction by 2014 and be ready to transmit electricity by 2017, said Phillip Teel, regional outreach manager for Clean Line.

Clean Line hopes to help solve a longtime problem in the energy business: getting power from its source to those who need it. With wind, that means sending the excess generating capacity in Oklahoma and other Plains states to consumers on the East and West coasts.

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