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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Clean Line Energy to hold informationial open houses

  • Clean Line Energy is hosting a series of public open house meetings with Arkansas community members and landowners to introduce the Plains & Eastern Clean Line.
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  • During these meetings, the Clean Line team will discuss potential routing options for the high voltage direct current electric transmission line project and provide the public an opportunity to provide feedback. Clean Line believes that public involvement is a crucial component of the transmission line development process and has identified a network of potential routes based on an extensive feedback from community leaders, landowners, government agencies, conservation and non-governmental organizations, as well as environmental and engineering data collected during more than two years. The public open house meetings will be held in communities near the network of potential routes in order to provide an opportunity for landowners and community leaders to learn about the project firsthand, ask questions and provide input. Per the schedule below, Clean Line representatives will also be available for interviews with the local media.
    The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will deliver up to 3,500 megawatts of clean power from western Oklahoma, northern Texas, and southwestern Kansas to utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the Mid-South and the Southeast. The clean energy will be transported via an approximately 750-mile overhead high voltage direct current transmission line. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will cost approximately $2 billion with around $500 million of investment in Arkansas.
    The Plains & Eastern Clean Line will provide broad economic growth throughout the project area and supply affordable clean energy to millions of customers in the mid-south and southeast United States. In Arkansas, the project will create the opportunity for hundreds of jobs to construct and operate the transmission line and allow for millions in annual property taxes for Arkansas. In addition, Arkansas manufacturers will likely see increased demand for their products and services with the growth of the wind industry in the region. The construction of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will lead to increased employment for those companies and others who provide goods and services in the wind energy and transmission sectors. In 2010 Clean Line signed an agreement with General Cable to source the aluminum and steel conductor for the project from General Cable's facility in Malvern, Arkansas. The Malvern facility has approximately 150 associates and Clean Line's the supply order for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line could be worth $100 million or more depending on commodity prices.
    What: Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open Houses
    Opportunity for Media Interviews
    Who: Clean Line Energy Partners – Plains & Eastern Clean Line
    Times and Locations for Plains & Eastern Clean Line Arkansas Public Open House Meetings:
    Nov. 13 Van Buren:
    University of Arkansas Crawford County Extension Service
    105 Pointer Trail West, Van Buren, AR 72956
    7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open House
    9:00 a.m. – Availability for media interviews
    Clarksville:
    Page 2 of 2 - Johnson County Fairgrounds Fair Building
    S. Crawford & N. Oakland St., Clarksville, AR 72830
    4:00 p.m. – Availability for media interviews
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open House
    Nov. 14 Russellville:
    Arkansas Tech University Student Services Room 242
    1605 Coliseum Dr., Russellville, AR 72801
    7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open House
    9:00 a.m. – Availability for media interviews
    Greenbrier:
    Greenbrier High School
    72 Green Valley Drive, Greenbrier AR 72058
    4:00 p.m. – Availability for media interviews
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open House
    Nov. 15 Searcy:
    Harding University, International Arkansas Room
    915 E. Market, Searcy, AR 72149
    7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open House
    9:00 a.m. – Availability for media interviews
    Newport:
    Arkansas State University, M&P I&I NEDC Room in the Student Community Center
    7648 Victory Blvd., Newport, AR 72112
    4:00 p.m. – Availability for media interviews
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open House
    Nov. 16 Marked Tree:
    Arkansas State University Marked Tree Student Center
    33500 Highway 63E, Marked Tree, AR 72365
    7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open House
    9:00 a.m. – Availability for media interviews
    Dec. 3 Osceola:
    The Civic Center
    116 North Maple, Osceola, AR 72370
    4:00 p.m. – Availability for media interviews
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Plains & Eastern Clean Line Public Open House
    These meetings are sponsored solely by Clean Line Energy for purposes of its route study process. It is anticipated that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold public scoping meetings in early 2013 to receive public comments as part of DOE's independent National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line proposal.

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