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Texas company developing transmission lines files request to become an Oklahoma public utility

A Texas company planning a $3.5 billion transmission line project has applied to become a public utility in Oklahoma. The application by Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma, which is an affiliate of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is only the second of its kind ever attempted, commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday.

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Texas company planning a $3.5 billion transmission line project has applied to become a public utility in Oklahoma.

The application by Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma, which is an affiliate of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is only the second of its kind ever attempted, commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday.

The company filed a similar application with the Arkansas Public Service Commission in May. Clean Line Energy Partners said the filings are a key part of the development of a project that will include about 800 miles of overhead, high-voltage, direct current transmission lines running from the Oklahoma Panhandle through Arkansas to Tennessee. The lines would be capable of transmitting up to 7,000 megawatts of electricity.

The goal of the project, which could take five to seven years to complete, is to take advantage of abundant wind energy potential in Oklahoma, said Clean Line President Michael Skelly.

"The bigger trend here is people are trying to solve the challenge of getting more renewables on the (electric) grid," Skelly told The Associated Press.

"Transmission is the big obstacle to continued development... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Texas company planning a $3.5 billion transmission line project has applied to become a public utility in Oklahoma.

The application by Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma, which is an affiliate of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is only the second of its kind ever attempted, commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday.

The company filed a similar application with the Arkansas Public Service Commission in May. Clean Line Energy Partners said the filings are a key part of the development of a project that will include about 800 miles of overhead, high-voltage, direct current transmission lines running from the Oklahoma Panhandle through Arkansas to Tennessee. The lines would be capable of transmitting up to 7,000 megawatts of electricity.

The goal of the project, which could take five to seven years to complete, is to take advantage of abundant wind energy potential in Oklahoma, said Clean Line President Michael Skelly.

"The bigger trend here is people are trying to solve the challenge of getting more renewables on the (electric) grid," Skelly told The Associated Press.

"Transmission is the big obstacle to continued development of the wind energy industry. We need major efforts in order to start to harness all that wind out there."

There are 12 operational wind farms in Oklahoma - all located west of Interstate 35 - and three more projects are under development this year, according to state Department of Commerce spokesman Jason McCarty. The U.S. Department of Energy ranks Oklahoma ninth nationally in wind resource production, McCarty said.

Skelly said Clean Line doesn't yet have buyers lined up for power that would be carried by the transmission lines, "but there is a lot of interest out there in Oklahoma wind from customers further east."


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JUN 26 2010
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