On June 10, 2010, the Department of Energy published in the Federal Register a Request for Proposals (RFP) for New or Upgraded Transmission Line Projects Under Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005. In response, Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC submitted an application for its Plains & Eastern Clean Line project. DOE has concluded that Clean Line’s proposal was responsive to the RFP, and it is currently under consideration.
The proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line project (the proposed project) would include an overhead +/- 600 kV direct current electric transmission system and associated facilities with the capacity to deliver approximately 3,500 MW primarily from renewable energy generation facilities in the Oklahoma Panhandle region to load-service entities in the Mid-South and Southeast via an interconnection with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Prior to making a determination whether or not to participate in the proposed project, DOE must evaluate the proposed project for compliance with Section 1222 of EPAct and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), in consultation with the Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern).
On December 10, 2012, Deputy Secretary Poneman assigned the responsibility for preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line proposal to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. On December 21, 2012, DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Draft an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on behalf of the Department and Southwestern. The Draft EIS is now posted on DOE’s Plains & Eastern EIS website and the DOE NEPA website and is available for public comment. The public comment period ends on April 20, 2015. The Draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of participating in the proposed project, and will inform the Department’s determination. More information about the proposed project and the EIS can be found on the FAQ page and at DOE’s Plains & Eastern EIS website.