Clean Line strives to develop the Plains & Eastern Clean Line in a manner that is fair to affected Tennessee landowners and respectful of their property rights. Clean Line has attempted to contact affected landowners in Tennessee to inform them of the project and seek input. Clean Line representatives are available to answer questions and address concerns. Please contact us, and we will respond promptly.
Development of a major infrastructure project requires coordination and review among several entities. The Department of Energy (DOE), in coordination with the Southwestern Power Administration, has completed an extensive environmental review of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Numerous Tennessee state agencies gave input on the routing of the project and the NEPA process, including the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Tennessee Valley Authority.
On May 5, 2015, the Tennessee Regulatory Authority issued its order granting Plains and Eastern a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and the authority to operate as a wholesale transmission-only public utility in Tennessee. This certification enables Clean Line to construct, own, and operate electric transmission lines in Tennessee. To read our press release, please click here.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will provide substantial amounts of low-cost, clean energy to Tennessee consumers. The project will stimulate economic development, create over a hundred jobs in Tennessee to construct the transmission line and associated facilities, and will reduce harmful air pollutants by millions of tons per year.
Local communities will benefit from increased revenues from the transmission line infrastructure. 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 $500,000 in revenues to Shelby and Tipton counties. Payments would continue to be made annually for as long as the line is in service and would support local schools and other community services.
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 Tennessee.
Tennessee has made a commitment to promote and support sustainable business practices. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will help Tennessee to attract companies that are interested in sourcing their energy needs from clean and affordable resources. Through the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, Tennessee has an opportunity to be a distribution hub for renewable energy and sustainable businesses and technologies throughout the Mid-South and Southeast.
Citizens across the region will benefit from cleaner air as a result of the new wind energy enabled by the Plains & Eastern Clean Line project, as that energy will displace more polluting forms of electric generation.
Yes. In Tennessee, the proposed right-of-way for the direct current transmission line is consistent with the route approved by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority in its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity issued January 2015. The Department of Energy (DOE) and other federal agencies are also conducting an environmental review of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line project, and will make an independent decision on DOE’s and the Southwestern Power Administration’s potential participation under Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) does not preclude Clean Line from identifying a proposed right-of-way in Tennessee consistent with the one filed with the TRA. In fact, it is common for utilities to seek review of a proposed right-of-way by the applicable state regulatory authority prior to completion of federal regulatory and permitting reviews. DOE’s participation in the project would be limited to states in which Southwestern operates. Since Southwestern does not operate in the state of Tennessee, DOE did not indicate a preference for the location of the direct current transmission line or the converter station in Tennessee in the Final EIS.
Clean Line selected the proposed right-of-way in Tennessee because it best minimizes potential impacts to existing homes, planned developments, public and private airports, agricultural lands, wetlands, floodplains, and other aspects of the natural and human environments. Clean Line worked with landowners along the proposed right-of-way to determine a mutually agreeable location for the transmission line that best balanced engineering considerations, environmental siting criteria, and landowner preferences.
If your local utility decides that it is in their customers’ best interest to buy power from the line (no fuel cost, no pollution, renewable resource, etc.), they will ultimately incorporate the costs of using the new transmission line and purchasing power from generators connected to it into your electricity bills. Clean Line expects that utilities will purchase power and transmission service from the project if it makes economic sense to the utility and its customers.
Every landowner’s property is different, and without knowing all the specifics it is difficult to say definitively what impact, if any, the proposed transmission line would have on a property. However, the relationship between transmission lines and property values has been the subject of systematic research for nearly 50 years. Clean Line commissioned Tom Priestly to perform a review of this body of research. His review concluded that these studies show that being close to electric transmission lines can have little or no negative long-term effects on residential property values, with average impacts ranging from no effect on value to a decrease in value of up to 10 percent. To see a full copy of the report, please click here. All that said, landowners will be compensated for 100% of the fee value of the land in which the easement area is located and will receive additional payments if they have structures on their land.
Beginning in May 2016, Clean Line will conduct field surveys for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project with a focus on the identification of aquatic, biological, and cultural resources. Multiple contractors and subcontractors will be working across the project area in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee to support this effort. Land agents for Plains & Eastern are contacting landowners to obtain survey permission, provide notification of survey activities, and answer questions. Clean Line is only surveying parcels where voluntary, written survey consent was granted. Clean Line will reach out to landowners in advance to notify them of the survey activities.
If you have any questions about the project or the surveys Clean Line is conducting, please call one of our project representatives toll-free at (877) 573-2851 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.