Renewable energy provides Americans with jobs, clean air, and energy security. However, the continued growth of this burgeoning industry depends upon the expansion of the U.S. electric transmission grid. Americans have come to realize the benefits of using renewable energy and are now more than ever encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities made possible by a clean energy economy. While the United States has some of the best renewable resources in the world, they are predominantly located in remote areas. The challenge lies in transporting the energy generated from these resources to communities that need the power—a challenge Clean Line Energy is working to solve.
An effective transmission solution requires the appropriate technology and the right project. 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.