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Oklahoma wind developers say they'll have enough projects for Clean Line transmission line

Fifteen companies have told Clean Line its planned 700-mile high-voltage, direct-current transmission line could have more than 16,000 megawatts of possible wind capacity to take electricity from the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles to utilities in the southeastern United States.
by Paul Monies Published: August 15, 2013

Wind developers in western Oklahoma and the Panhandle have told Clean Line Energy Partners LLC they'll be ready when the company energizes its planned high-voltage, direct-current transmission line to Tennessee and the southeast United States.

Fifteen companies responded to a request for information issued in June by the Plains and Eastern Clean Line. The 700-mile line is expected to be operational by 2017 or 2018.

Developers said they have the rights to more than 16,000 megawatts of wind projects in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and southwest Kansas. That represents more than four times what the Plains and Eastern Clean Line is expected to handle.

Clean Line didn't release details on pricing but said the cost per kilowatt hour was comparable to other recent wind agreements signed in the region.

“When we add our expected transmission cost to the prices proposed by these wind developers, we can offer a delivered product that compares head to head with all other energy options available to utilities in the southeastern United States,” said Michael Skelly, Clean Line's president.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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