The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will make possible billions of dollars of investments in new renewable energy projects that could not otherwise be built due to the limitations of the existing electric transmission grid. This project will bring about tremendous rural economic development, create thousands of permanent and temporary construction jobs, and dramatically reduce carbon dioxide pollutants by millions of tons. In addition, the wind farms made possible by the transmission line will incentivize the manufacturing of wind turbines and enable significant financial contribution to local communities through employment opportunities, property taxes and landowner royalties. State and local governments can use these additional tax revenues to support schools and other community services.
In addition to job creation benefits, the direct current (DC) transmission technology will enable the direct delivery of clean power at a competitive cost.
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The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is estimated to create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of direct jobs maintaining and operating the wind farms and the transmission line. In addition to these jobs, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will spur increased employment opportunities in many sectors including manufacturing of turbines, towers and cable, and hospitality.
The project will make possible over $7 billion of new renewable energy investments that will increase demand for wind turbines and components and likely create business opportunities throughout the wind energy supply chain. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will also result in a significant increase in property tax revenues, landowner payments and direct economic benefit to rural communities.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will be responsible for bringing online 4,000 megawatts (MW) from new clean energy projects that otherwise would not be built due to limitations of the existing electric transmission grid.
Clean energy delivered by the Plains & Eastern Clean Line project will provide enough energy to power more than 1 million homes per year in the Mid-South and southeastern United States.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will deliver 4,000 megawatts of new clean energy generation. Wind energy generation allows other generators to run less and burn less fuel, eliminating the need for the equivalent amount of energy derived from fossil fuels, thereby reducing pollution. According to a study by Leidos, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 13 million tons, equivalent to removing 2.7 million cars from the road annually. In addition, the project will reduce nitrogen oxide pollution (a contributor to smog) by approximately 5,000 tons per year, emissions of sulfur dioxide (a precursor to acid rain) by 11,000 tons per year, and mercury pollution by 194 pounds per year.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will reduce water withdrawal by over 3.4 billion gallons per year that would otherwise be needed for cooling thermal power plants.
By utilizing direct current technology, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will complement the existing alternating current (AC) system. DC transmission lines are more efficient than comparable voltage AC lines, with substantially lower energy losses when moving large amounts of power long distances. It also serves to improve the reliability and security of the electric supply, while using narrower easements (less land) than comparable AC lines. This will result in less acreage affected by the new lines, less effect on the way farmers and ranchers use their land, and less visual impact.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is estimated to create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of direct permanent jobs to operate the wind farms and transmission lines in Oklahoma. Local communities will benefit from increased revenues from both the transmission line infrastructure and supporting wind farms. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Final Environmental Impact Statement, in the first year of operation, Clean Line will pay an estimated $13 million in ad valorem taxes to Oklahoma counties and rural communities where the electric transmission project is located. Payments would continue to be made annually for as long as the line is in service and would support schools, and other community services.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will allow Oklahoma to maintain its position as one of the leading clean energy states in the country, by making possible over $7 billion in new investments in wind farms that could not otherwise be built due to the limitations of the existing electric transmission grid. In addition, businesses like Pelco Structural and Siemens that are involved in the wind energy and transmission supply chains will see increased demand for their products and services as a result of the construction of the project and associated wind farms.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will provide substantial amounts of low-cost, clean energy to Arkansas consumers. The project will also bring about rural economic development, create hundreds of jobs in Arkansas to construct the transmission line, and will reduce harmful air pollutants by millions of tons per year. Local communities will benefit from increased revenues from both the transmission line infrastructure. In Arkansas, we have developed a local contribution agreement to confirm and memorialize our commitment to provide voluntary payments to Arkansas counties and other taxing jurisdictions. The voluntary payments, to be made on an annual basis, total approximately $5 million in the first year and $140 million over the first 40 years of the project’s operation.
In addition, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line and the new wind farms made possible by the transmission line will create demand for manufacturers of wind turbine components and transmission components in Arkansas. Arkansas is the home of facilities operated by companies such as LM Wind Power and General Cable. Completion of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line should lead to increased employment for those companies and others involved in the wind energy and transmission sectors.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is estimated to create hundreds of construction jobs in western Tennessee. In addition, Tennessee communities and businesses will benefit by receiving the cost-effective renewable energy delivered by the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. The project will allow for lower wholesale electricity prices and lower emissions, creating significant environmental benefits for the state.