Clean Line Energy Gets Approval U.S. Power Line Worth $2.5 Billion

Clean Line Energy Gets Approval U.S. Power Line Worth $2.5 Billion

Clean energy gets another big push. No matter if the state regulators approve of it or not but a transmission line carrying wind power worth $2.5-billion to the U. S. Southeast will be constructed.

The U. S. Energy Department used a decade-old statute on Friday to give a green signal to Clean Line Energy Partners LLC's for the 705-mile long power line which is not subjected to any objections from any state. The project is backed by ZBI Ventures, Bluescape Resources Co. LLC and the National Grid PLC. Clean Line says, with the authorization granted it hopes to begin construction direct current line in 2017. The 600-kilovolt line is expected to be brought into service in 2020. With this project scopes brighten for the prospect of wind farms that are being constructed in the remote parts of the Midwest, which do not have access to any key power lines.

There is another project in the pipeline where Clean Line is exploring possible partnership with the Energy Department for constructing 790-mile link which will connect wind power generated in western Kansas to Illinois along with other states in the PJM Interconnection LLC which is the biggest power market in the nation. However, its approval has been refused by the Missouri regulators.

In a statement, Ernest Moniz , the Energy Secretary said "Moving remote and plentiful power to areas where electricity is in high demand is essential for building the grid of the future. Building modern transmission that delivers renewable energy to more homes and businesses will create jobs, cut carbon emissions, and enhance the reliability of our grid."

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