DOE approves Clean Line project

DOE approves Clean Line project

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An announcement Friday showed support from the U.S. government for an electric transmission network.

The U.S. Department on Energy (DOE) approved the $2 billion Clean Line project that could make its way through Arkansas.

The project according to the DOE would "tap abundant, low-cost wind generation resources in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle" and deliver wind power to more than "1.5 million homes in the mid-South and Southeast United States."

However, the project is not without controversy.

Soon after the announcement Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, Senator John Boozman, Congressman Rick Crawford, Congressman French Hill, Congressman Steve Womack and Congressman Bruce Westerman issued the following joint statement:

“Today marks a new page in an era of unprecedented executive overreach as the Department of Energy seeks to usurp the will of Arkansans and form a partnership with a private company – the same private company previously denied rights to operate in our state by the Arkansas Public Service Commission.  Despite years of pushback on the local level and continuous communications between our delegation and Secretary Moniz, DOE has decided to forgo the will of the Natural State and take over the historic ability of state-level transmission control through this announcement.

“We now will begin the process of careful review over DOE’s decision and will continue to address our concerns through any avenue necessary.  Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 establishes specific conditions that must be met before this authority is used, and we expect the Department to release all details of their review so that our staff and Congressional investigators will be able to continue the process of oversight."

“It is our firm belief that the DOE has overstepped its bounds, and reversing this decision through the passage of the APPROVAL Act remains a top priority.”

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