WASHINGTON, March 31, 2016 - DOE will participate in the development of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project (Clean Line), a major clean energy infrastructure project, says Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Building on the department’s ongoing efforts to modernize the grid and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, the project will address infrastructure challenges outlined in the 2015 Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which focused on Energy Transmission, Storage and Distribution Infrastructure.
The Clean Line project will utilize “abundant, low-cost wind generation resources” in Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle region and deliver up to 4,000 megawatts of wind power via a 705-mile direct current transmission line – enough energy to power more than 1.5 million homes in the Mid-South and Southeast U.S.
The project marks the first use of congressional authority conferred to DOE as part of Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for promoting transmission development, says DOE. Congress passed this provision when lawmakers recognized the need for a modern and resilient grid that could accommodate increasing demands for power with newly available resources, according to DOE.
“Moving remote and plentiful power to areas where electricity is in high demand is essential for building the grid of the future,” Moniz said. “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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