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 EIS will assess the potential environmental effects of participating in the proposed project, and will inform the Department’s determination. DOE invites public comment on the scope of the EIS during a 90-day public scoping period, which began on December 21, 2012. More information about the proposed project, the EIS, the dates, locations, and times of public scoping meetings, and additional ways to comment on the scope of the EIS can be found at DOE’s Plains & Eastern EIS website.
- Request for Proposal for New or Upgraded Transmission Line Projects Under Section 1222 of EPAct
- Plains & Eastern Clean Line Application
- Deputy Secretary Poneman’s Memo
- Advance Funding and Development Agreement
- DOE’s Notice of Intent to Draft an Environmental Impact Statement
- DOE’s Plains & Eastern EIS website