The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) has approved a request from Plains & Eastern Clean Line, an affiliate of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, to conduct business as a public utility in Oklahoma.
Clean Line says this approval is major step toward connecting 7 GW of clean energy generation from western Oklahoma, southwest Kansas and the Texas Panhandle to Tennessee Valley Authority, Arkansas and other southeastern markets.
‘The OCC's decision is a great opportunity for us in the Oklahoma panhandle,’ says Vicki Ayers-McCune, panhandle regional economic director. "We are excited at the prospect of using our vast wind and other clean energy resources. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will provide substantial new investment in Oklahoma through quality jobs, economic diversification and ad valorem revenue for our schools, hospitals and other community projects. We applaud the commission for the positive decision."
According to Clean Line, support is growing in Memphis and throughout the Southeast for high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) projects to deliver clean energy. Last week, the Memphis Light, Gas and Water division board of commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in support of the development of HVDC transmission to transport clean energy to western Tennessee.