DOE approves Clean Line project, Congressional delegation says agency ‘overstepped its bounds’ (Updated)
The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday (March 25) approved the controversial $2 billion Clean Line project that will build through Arkansas a large electric transmission network. Arkansas’ Congressional delegation issued a joint response, saying the approval is “unprecedented executive overreach.”
Energy Department (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement that the project to be built by Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners would deliver wind and other clean energy to more than 1.5 million homes in the mid-South and southeast U.S.
“Moving remote and plentiful power to areas where electricity is in high demand is essential for building the grid of the future,” Secretary Moniz said in the statement. “Building modern transmission that delivers renewable energy to more homes and businesses will create jobs, cut carbon emissions, and enhance the reliability of our grid.”