The wind power sector is growing rapidly in many mid-western states. Clean Line Energy has taken advantage of this quickly expanding energy sector. The Kansas Corporation Commission has unanimously approved the renewable energy-focused transmission company, Clean Line Energy’s proposal to conduct business as a public utility. This has marked Clean Line’s step forward in the Grain Belt Express. This current high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission project is a 700-mile overhead. The project will move clean wind power to western Missouri and on to Eastern states from Kansas bringing low cost wind power from the west to the east. The project will very well affiliate with the Nature Conservancy.
The Grain Belt Express Clean Line
Many Republican legislators in Congress have spent remarkable energy for maintaining the alternative energy industry support. Sam Brownback, Kansas Gov. Official said, “The Grain Belt Express Clean Line will provide a vital boost in Kansas’ efforts to lead the nation in renewable energy production. This project will bring well-paying jobs, generate revenue for landowners and local communities, and open Kansas’ abundant wind resource to new markets. Transmission projects like these are keys in our mission to establish Kansas as not only the Wheat State but also the Wind State.”
Clean Line believes that this transmission project would make the development of nearly $7 billion possible in new clean energy projects that would boost state and local tax revenues, create thousands of jobs, and deliver more than 3,500 megawatts of wind power, enough clean energy to power up to 1.4 million homes. Clean Line also has plans to yield another thousand new green jobs through new projects.
The Nature Conservancy, in its recent wind power energy land survey, realistically expects that the impacts of an established wind industry will be better sustainable than more exploitation of conservative energy resources in the US. Considering the recent fossil fuel disasters pooled with the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it looks like a reasonable path to take. The Nature Conservancy and Clean Line Energy will join forces to trail the Grain Belt Express transmission line along the western Missouri so as to reduce possible impacts. After the completion of the project, this would be the first above ground DC line to be built in the United States in nearly 20 years, as claimed by the company.
Clean Line President Michael Skelly said, “Bold energy infrastructure projects like the Grain Belt Express Clean Line and the Plains & Eastern Clean Line are what our nation needs to secure a new clean energy future. Innovative ideas are crucial to diversifying America’s energy supply mix with low-cost clean power, resulting in the creation of new jobs.”