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Plan to build power line across state out of steam

"Arkansas' federal delegation has been doggedly persistent in protecting the voice of Arkansas landowners and the state's role in approving interstate transmission lines," he said. "I appreciate the work of the delegation, and I am very happy for all the landowners who have expressed their concern on this project."
26 Mar 2018

Clean Line shelves Arkansas plans; Delegation steps up attack

​As Arkansas' congressional delegation stepped up its war Tuesday on a $2.5 billion wind-power transmission project, Clean Line Energy Partners has confirmed that it has shelved plans to string the controversial power line across Arkansas. Michael Skelly, the company's president, told Arkansas Business that the direct-current project, which would have transmitted 4,000 megawatts of renewable energy from Western Oklahoma to eastern Tennessee, is basically on life support.
24 Jan 2018

Shifting winds drove Clean Line Plains & Eastern Sale

The deal was sealed after it became apparent to Clean Line that TVA had little appetite to complete a six-year-old memorandum of understanding to purchase the project’s wind power. Late last year, just weeks after TVA said it was still studying whether to sign the contract, agency President Bill Johnson said the Clean Line project didn’t make economic sense, given TVA’s flat demand and ample generating capacity.
4 Jan 2018

Wind turbine maker issued cease and desist order in Arkansas

The securities commission says Dragonfly sold three investment contracts that were not registered; that Davis failed to tell investors he was convicted in 2009 in Oklahoma of wire fraud and money laundering; and that he told investors a $10 million federal grant was imminent when the U.S. Department of Energy had previously said the project was unlikely to receive the grant.
19 Aug 2016

Preventing Government Overreach: Clean Line Project “Not A Done Deal”

DOE is resorting to a small provision that has never been used, from a law passed more than a decade ago. This law states that it does not “affect any requirement of any Federal or State law relating to the siting of energy facilities.” In other words, even though the Obama Administration approved the project, many legal experts think that Clean Line and DOE must return to the Arkansas Public Service Commission for final approval on the project’s location.
9 Apr 2016

Alexander hits DOE plan to take part in clean line wind power project

 “Basically this decision says that Washington, D.C., knows more than the people of Arkansas do about whether to build across the state giant, unsightly transmission towers to carry a comparatively expensive, unreliable source of electricity to the Southeast where utilities may not need the electricity. This is the first time federal law has been used to override a state's objections to using eminent domain for siting electric transmission lines. It is absolutely the wrong policy.” 
27 Mar 2016

Firm drops wind-farm plan after annexation-repeal vote

The company that pushed to build a wind farm west of Springdale for more than a year is canceling the controversial project following the results of a special election Tuesday. About 760 voters in the small town of Elm Springs decided by a roughly 2-1 margin to repeal last year’s annexation of the proposed project’s site, according to the unofficial results. The vote returned 312 acres and jurisdiction over the project to Washington County.
3 Mar 2016

Elm Springs voters to decide annexation; Proposed wind farm site may not remain part of town

Voters in the coming weeks will decide if the proposed site for a controversial wind farm will remain part of this small town. An election is set for March 1, the same day as the partisan primaries, on whether to repeal the annexation of about 312 acres on the west end of Elm Springs. The City Council approved the annexation in October, but a petition drive that ended in December put the question on the ballot.
9 Feb 2016

Company still working to build wind farm in NWA

Mayor Harold Douthit told  40/29  Monday evening that it’s possible the property will not have to be rezoned to place the wind turbines on the land. Douthit said that Fell asked the planning commission about looking at the possibility of moving forward with the project under the current Agricultural zoning
12 Jan 2016

Elm Springs wind farm promoters pull back

Elite Energy on Dec. 14 withdrew its request to rezone about 300 acres for industrial use for the project, its first procedural speed bump. That postponed the question-and-answer session indefinitely. Douthit said Dragonfly has received residents' emailed questions, and he still expects the company to give answers, perhaps when the project comes before town officials again.
23 Dec 2015

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