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March 28, 2016

Wind Power Transmission Project in Plains Earns U.S. Approval

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-03-28 04:52:04

A major transmission project aimed at bringing wind energy out of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle cleared a significant hurdle on Friday as the Energy Department announced it would allow the project to go forward. The development, led by Clean Line Energy Partners, had been delayed because of resistance from state lawmakers, but the federal decision is a green light for the project. “Moving remote and plentiful power to areas where electricity is in high demand is essential for building the grid of the future,” Ernest Moniz, the energy secretary, said in a statement. “Building modern transmission that delivers renewable energy to more homes and businesses will create jobs, cut carbon emissions and enhance the reliability of our grid.”
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The $2.5 Billion U.S. Power Line That No State Can Stop

By Jonathan Crawford, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-03-28 04:52:33

A $2.5-billion transmission line carrying wind power to the U.S. Southeast is coming — whether state regulators there like it or not. On Friday, the U.S. Energy Department used a decade-old statute to clear Clean Line Energy Partners LLC’s 705-mile (1,134-kilometer) power line for construction over any objections from the states involved. The Energy Department’s approval of the line, proposed to carry 4,000 megawatts of power from the wind-rich Oklahoma panhandle through Arkansas and into Tennessee, marks the first time the 2005 statute has been used to bypass state approval and push through an interstate transmission project. [ read more … ]

Energy Department Announces Participation in Clean Line’s Large-Scale Energy Transmission Project

By U.S. Department of Energy  •    •  Posted 2016-03-28 04:52:58

Building on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) ongoing efforts to modernize the grid and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, today U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced that DOE will participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project (Clean Line), a major clean energy infrastructure project.This marks the first use of Congressional authority conferred to DOE as part of Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 with the objective of promoting transmission development. [ read more … ]

Fight to Keep Alternative Energy Local Stymies an Industry

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-03-28 04:53:26

Up and down the center of the country, winds rip across plains, ridges and plateaus, a belt of unharnessed energy capable of powering millions of customers, with enormous potential to help meet national goals to stem climate change. And because the bulk of the demand is hundreds of miles away, companies are working to build a robust network of high-voltage transmission lines to get the power to the coasts. If only it were that simple. In all, more than 3,100 miles of projects have yet to be built, in need of government approval. [ read more … ]

US Wind Energy Pays $222 Million Annually To Rural Landowners

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2016-03-28 06:30:24

The US wind energy industry is currently paying $222 million annually to rural landowners whose land supports wind farms, in turn supporting some of the most economically distressed communities in the US. Landowners in six states are currently receiving over $10 million dollars a year in lease payments, with Texas ranked number one, followed by Iowa, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Kansas. Landowners in 26 additional different states are receiving over $1 million. In the end, the share of wind development in rural areas represents more than $101 billion in wind farm investment. [ read more … ]

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