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.
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has signed off on a cost-sharing plan for $1.1 billion in electric transmission projects for Oklahoma and other states in the region. ...The six-project priority list was approved in April by the Southwest Power Pool's board of directors, contingent on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's signing off on a proposed cost-sharing plan that spread out the burden of upgrading the region's power grid.
A vote by Southwest Power Pool last week may have positioned Enid to become a player in the wind energy production industry. Southwest Power Pool's advisory committee, acting on a motion by Oklahoma Corporation Commission vice chairman Jeff Cloud, voted to support a package of six new transmission projects, four of which will be located in Oklahoma.
The wind power being spun out of northwest Oklahoma has a new path to the metro area. OG&E's new Windspeed transmission line passes near Watonga as it runs between Oklahoma City and Woodward. Photo provided Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. has turned on its new 121-mile transmission line stretching between Oklahoma City and Woodward, the company announced Tuesday.
Gall wasn't too worried about the power line that crossed the property - until he learned it soon could have lots of company. Woodward is on the verge of becoming the hub of the state's effort to harness its wind power potential, so utilities and developers are rushing to get high voltage power lines in place to handle the load.
Wind energy often is described as a win-win situation, but Gary Stocking said he sees "a sacrificial lamb" when it comes to developing transmission lines to carry the electricity harnessed by wind turbines. "The lamb is the landowner," Stocking said during a public meeting last week in Buffalo to discuss the development of transmission lines in Harper County.
A proposed project to build a high-voltage transmission line between Woodward and the Panhandle is expected to help Oklahoma harness one of its most recognizable assets: the wind that comes sweeping down the plain. Jaime McAlpine, president of Chermac Energy Corp. in Edmond, said the project is a necessary one if developers are going to build more wind farms in the state.
While it appeared briefly Monday that the lights were out on a proposed high-voltage electric transmission line that would serve the state's growing wind industry, officials recharged the plan Tuesday. The Southwest Power Pool Inc.'s board of directors on Tuesday included the $518 million "Spearville line" in a package of transmission expansion projects it was forwarding for further study and probable approval. The 765-kilovolt line would go from Spearville, the site of a wind farm in southwest Kansas, to Wichita and down to the Oklahoma border, where it could hook into lines to other states.
"This is such an important issue to the state, and the region, that we really need to get it on the list," said Phil Crissup, director of regional transmission affairs for Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.