Clean Line Energy announced an agreement with the City of Tallahassee, Florida, that states Tallahassee’s intention to purchase up to 50 MW of low-cost wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region.
The clean energy would be delivered to Tallahassee customers via the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. This line is currently the largest clean-energy infrastructure project in the U.S., and it will deliver 4,000 MW of low-cost wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to utilities and customers in Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast.
For many decades, Tallahassee’s municipal electric utility has provided low-cost, clean, and reliable power to approximately 118,000 residential and commercial customers.
“We commend Tallahassee for taking a leadership position and agreeing to provide their customers with access to some of the lowest-cost wind energy in the country,” said Michael Skelly, President of Clean Line. “This is another important step for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line and we look forward to helping Tallahassee to deliver on their commitment to increase their clean energy usage while keeping costs low.”
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line represents a $2 billion investment in infrastructure that will provide low-cost renewable energy to the Mid-South and Southeast regions of the U.S., areas currently lacking access to affordable renewable energy. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will help unlock approximately $7 billion in investments in new wind farms that could not otherwise be built due to the limitations of the existing electric grid.
The infrastructure project will create and support thousands of jobs in manufacturing, construction, and operations while meeting the increase in demand for additional electric transmission capacity to deliver renewable energy.
“This type of agreement allows cities the ability to access world-class wind resources and deliver big savings to consumers,” said Andrew Gohn, Eastern State Policy Director for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “Building new transmission is essential to bring the lowest-cost wind in the country to places where the majority of American families live and businesses operate. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will deliver clean, reliable, low-cost electricity for all those who plug things in for years to come.”
Construction of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line is estimated to begin in 2017 and will require approximately two to three years to complete. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is expected to begin delivering electricity as early as 2019 and will provide clean power to more than one million American homes, providing public benefits for years to come.
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