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 local community needs, such as improvements to schools, hospitals, fire departments and police 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 provide more than 5,000 construction jobs and over 500 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 several billion dollars 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 over 3,500 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 more than 3,500 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. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will also likely create indirect permanent jobs across the Oklahoma economy, including hospitality, education, and manufacturing. 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 billions of dollars in new investments in wind farms that could not otherwise be built due to the limitations of the existing electric transmission grid. Oklahoma is home to factories operated by companies such as Pelco Structural, Siemens, and others that provide goods and services to operate wind farms and other electric utilities. 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 will create hundreds of construction jobs in Arkansas to construct the transmission lines. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will also likely create indirect permanent jobs across the Arkansas economy including hospitality and manufacturing. Arkansas is a leader in wind turbine manufacturing and is home to factories such as General Cable, LM Windpower and Bekaert Steel.
Arkansas communities could also benefit by receiving low-cost clean energy delivered by the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. In response to stakeholder comments, Clean Line evaluated an intermediate converter station in central Arkansas for consideration in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being carried out by the U.S. Department of Energy. This intermediate converter station in Arkansas would enable delivery of 500 MW of low-cost electricity into the Entergy Arkansas system to serve Arkansans. Clean Line supports the selection of the Arkansas Converter Station as part of the preferred alternative in the Final EIS. Clean Line has concluded that not only is this alternative technically feasible and responsive to public comments, but it also provides many socioeconomic and air quality benefits to Arkansans and consumers in the Mid-South. Clean Line is in conversations with potential customers in Arkansas and throughout the Mid-South and Southeast.
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.