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DOE & Clean Line Energy End Partnership

04.02.18

This marks the end of an era of trying to build this HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) transmission line from wind rich Oklahoma to wind hungry South East United States. There were some controversial elements to the project, including eminent domain being used in Arkansas.  The Arkansas Congressional delegation called the decision a "victory for the states," but that ignores the position of the other states that lose in this decision.  Clean Line says "the project is still viable but is moving at a slower pace now."

The state of our national grid system is not good, though, and this doesn't help.  Transmission of American natural resources from where it is produced across the country is not possible due to lack of infrastructure. An important new study by NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), called the Interconnections Seam Study will determine the viability of a new, nationwide grid system connecting us all to renewable energy resources.

Citation:

Clean Line News - https://www.utilitydrive.com/news/doe-terminates-partnership-with-clean-line-energy-partners/519995/

Interconnections Seam Study - https://www.nrel.gov/analysis/seams.html

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