What appears to be business language to confuse people and code language for wind energy, it was announced this week that electric transmission lines to carry energy mainly generated by wind farms are closer to reality under the business name of Clean Line Energy Partners Plains and Eastern Clean Line LLC.

There was an announced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  The transmission project will help position Memphis as the 21st century hub for clean energy distribution in the Southeast, by delivering clean energy from western Oklahoma, southwest Kansas and the Texas Panhandle to TVA, Arkansas and other eastern markets.

The Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission line project will consist of approximately 800 miles of overhead, HVDC transmission lines that will allow TVA, Arkansas and other eastern markets receive more than 7,000 megawatts of new, clean energy from the Great Plains at competitive prices. This low-cost clean energy is enough to power approximately two million homes.  

This announcement is a step forward for Clean Line’s plans to connect low-cost clean energy to consumers across the Mid-South and Southeast regions, it was explained.

What’s important to rural landowners in portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas is that they will have the opportunity to make money off leasing their land for wind farm electricity generation. Hopefully, those landowners have not signed away their wind rights at bargain basket prices. As has been recommended before, landowners need strong legal advice before signing away their wind rights.

The outlook is good because of a specific recent resolution. The Memphis, Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) Division Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution unanimously in support of the development and implementation of clean energy transported by HVDC transmission to western Tennessee. The board also noted in the resolution that it will work cooperatively with TVA to bring additional low-cost, clean energy to benefit MLGW’s customers.

There has also been a proposal under consideration for a Grain Belt Express Clean Line project as a public utility in Kansas.