TRC Companies Inc., a national engineering, consulting and construction management firm that serves energy and environmental markets, says it has been awarded a $12 million contract by Clean Line Energy to provide land acquisition services, survey permissions and overall project management for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line, as one of the largest clean energy infrastructure projects in the country, will provide a pathway for 4,000 MW of low-cost wind power to be delivered from Oklahoma to the Mid-South and Southeast. According to TRC, which has a major office located in Tulsa, Okla., the agreement furthers Clean Line’s commitment to working with local suppliers.
“Clean Line Energy’s mission of building modern energy infrastructure closely aligns with our own core values of sustainability, including our commitment to grow our clean energy services year over year,” says Chris Vincze, chairman and CEO. “The 700-mile transmission line will improve the U.S. electric grid; support economic development and job growth; and make safe, reliable and lower-cost power available to consumers.”
TRC says it will provide program management, acquisition of environmental and cultural survey consents, and acquisition support. It also will be communicating with landowners across the route to educate them about the benefits of the project.
“We’re thrilled to see the positive economic impact on northeast Oklahoma through this partnership between TRC and the Plains & Eastern Clean Line,” says Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “We have long supported the Plains & Eastern Clean Line as a unique opportunity to bring together private investment, proven technology, public benefits and government leadership to meet the growing need for reliable transmission infrastructure.”
Construction is expected to start in 2017, and it is expected to be operational in 2020.