Clean Line Energy seeks interest from Oklahoma wind developers

Houston-based transmission developer Clean Line Energy Partners on June 20 said that its Plains & Eastern Clean Line project issued a Request for Information (RFI) to wind generators in the Oklahoma Panhandle region.

The RFI will gather information about generators’ demand for the Plains & Eastern’s transmission capacity and collect data that will allow it to characterize the wind resource and production potential of the Oklahoma Panhandle region.

The company’s overhead, direct current transmission line will connect generators in the Oklahoma Panhandle region, which boasts some of America’s richest wind resources, and efficiently deliver 3,500 MW of wind power to customers in the Mid-South and Southeast, the company noted. The RFI represents an opportunity for the company to continue developing relationships with wind generators and load serving entities. “Clean Line has already established initial agreements with many potential wind farms and held power generation seminars in several states located within the US wind corridor,” it added.

Clean Line asked that interested generators provide a Notice of Intent to respond by July 1 and submit their final RFI response by Aug. 5.

Said the Clean Line website: “The Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project will connect thousands of megawatts of clean energy generation from western Oklahoma, southwest Kansas, and the Texas Panhandle with utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast. The project will be developed in two 3,500 megawatt phases, with the first phase of the approximately 700-mile overhead high voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) transmission line currently under development. HVDC is the most efficient and cost effective technology to move large amounts of electricity over long distances due to its lower electricity losses and smaller footprint than comparable alternating current (AC) lines.”

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