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Company applies for utility status

The application is an important first step in developing the line, which is designed to bring 7,000 megawatts in potential wind energy from the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas to Tennessee and markets in the Southeast. The project could take up to seven years to complete and cost $3.5 billion, according to Clean Line LLC.

Clean Line LLC is taking the first step to build a transmission line.

A Houston-based company hoping to build an 800-mile wind-energy transmission line across Oklahoma to Tennessee applied for public utility status with the state Corporation Commission this week.

The application is an important first step in developing the line, which is designed to bring 7,000 megawatts in potential wind energy from the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas to Tennessee and markets in the Southeast. The project could take up to seven years to complete and cost $3.5 billion, according to Clean Line LLC.

"Oklahoma provides a remarkable supply of renewable energy, but the infrastructure to build more projects and move the electricity from the resource areas to consumers in the mid-South and Southeast regions is insufficient," Clean Line President Michael Skelly said in a statement.

"This transmission line will create new opportunities for wind energy from Oklahoma and will pave the way for additional development in the wind-energy industry," he said.

Oklahoma ratepayers will not pay for the direct-current transmission line, since the electricity is planned... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Clean Line LLC is taking the first step to build a transmission line.

A Houston-based company hoping to build an 800-mile wind-energy transmission line across Oklahoma to Tennessee applied for public utility status with the state Corporation Commission this week.

The application is an important first step in developing the line, which is designed to bring 7,000 megawatts in potential wind energy from the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas to Tennessee and markets in the Southeast. The project could take up to seven years to complete and cost $3.5 billion, according to Clean Line LLC.

"Oklahoma provides a remarkable supply of renewable energy, but the infrastructure to build more projects and move the electricity from the resource areas to consumers in the mid-South and Southeast regions is insufficient," Clean Line President Michael Skelly said in a statement.

"This transmission line will create new opportunities for wind energy from Oklahoma and will pave the way for additional development in the wind-energy industry," he said.

Oklahoma ratepayers will not pay for the direct-current transmission line, since the electricity is planned for Tennessee Valley Authority customers and others, the proposal says. Clean Line officials hope to fund it via renewable energy incentives, tax credits and federal loan guarantees.

Skelly and company vice president Mario Hurtado promoted the transmission project two weeks ago in a visit to Tulsa. They said construction will employ about 10,000 people, with 1,000 permanently on duty to maintain the line.

Clean Line's founders, who have worked in Oklahoma for 11 years, also helped start Horizon Wind Energy, the executives said.


Source: http://www.tulsaworld.com/b...

JUN 26 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/26928-company-applies-for-utility-status
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