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 deliver 4,000 megawatts of low-cost wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast. The clean energy will be transported via an approximately 700-mile overhead direct current (DC) transmission line currently under development. DC 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.
In November 2016, Clean Line Energy announced the selection of GE Energy Connections as the exclusive provider of the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. GE will manufacture, install the key components of, and build the three HVDC converter stations. The Pioneer Sky Energy Center, a converter station in the Oklahoma Panhandle will convert the incoming alternating current (AC) power generated by wind farms into DC power. The Traveler Junction Energy Center in central Arkansas and Delta Landing Energy Center near Memphis, Tennessee will convert DC power back into AC power to be delivered to customers through the existing AC grid.