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Coal plant shutdowns create market for wind power project

Clean Line Energy Partners' $2 billion transmission line plan in Oklahoma and Arkansas could deliver power to the Tennessee Valley Authority.
BY JAY F. MARKS Modified: November 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm •  Published: November 15, 2013

Mario Hurtado, Clean Line's executive vice president of development, said TVA's move away from coal is part of a larger trend by utility companies looking to reduce emissions and replace their aging generating fleets. Many also are looking to add cleaner energy sources, like wind.

He said Clean Line officials continue to talk to their counterparts at TVA about how the direct-current line would link up with the utility's transmission system.

Clean Line is helping TVA with an update to its integrated resources plan by providing information about Oklahoma's wind resources, while TVA is taking part in an environmental review of the Clean Line project.

Hurtado said he is pleased by the progress Clean Line has made so far. He said the construction of the 750-mile transmission line could begin in 2016, meaning it could be operational by the end of 2018.

This will support our focus on cleaner energy and bring additional, necessary balance into our portfolio for managing our current and projected load profile,”

Bill Johnson,
Clean Line Energy Partners CEO


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