New Oklahoma utility to bring renewable power to southeast
Oklahoma has taken a step toward making itself a center for renewable electricity with the recent decision by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to create a new utility company, according to the The Edmond Sun.
Plains & Eastern Clean Line, generally known as Clean Line, is a major transmission project in West Oklahoma and North Texas that hopes to he bring some of that region's abundant wind energy to the power-hungry southeastern states.
Unlike some other projects, the $3.5 billion Clean Line will also boast substantial natural gas generation capacity to smooth over some of the intermittency of wind power.
The OCC decision to declare Clean Line a utility company will allow it to sell electricity under the same guidelines as other utilities in the state.
NewsOK.com reports that the success of the Clean Line proposal could lead to a surge in wind power in the panhandle region, noting that the greatest limitation on the renewable energy industry in Oklahoma is actually a lack of transmission rather than lack of interest. Because winds are stronger in the less-densely populated regions of West Oklahoma, any such plants require extensive transmission capacity to reach their target customers.