The Centennial West Clean Line will transport 3,500 megawatts of new renewable energy generation from eastern New Mexico and deliver directly to the southwestern United States. In 2012, New Mexico and Arizona celebrated their respective 100 year tenure as states in the Union. The name “Centennial West” honors the importance of these two states and the successful arrival of the 100 year anniversary for each, while setting the course for the next century for the southwest: clean, renewable energy to power this rapidly growing region in the United States.
The Grain Belt Express Clean Line is an approximately 780-mile direct current transmission line that will connect the rich wind resources of Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and markets farther east. Similar to the trains which carried grain harvested in the Midwest to markets farther east, the Grain Belt Express will move renewable energy from its source in the Grain Belt of the country, to markets with a strong demand for low-cost clean power.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project will connect 4,000 megawatts of clean energy generation from western Oklahoma, southwest Kansas, and the Texas Panhandle with utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast, areas that lack access to low-cost, renewable power. Just as trains carry cattle and other goods from the rural areas to urban centers, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will carry renewable energy from the Plains of the Southwest, east to communities and cities that have an appetite for low-cost clean power.
The Rock Island Clean Line is a 500-mile overhead direct current transmission line that will deliver 3,500 megawatts from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to communities in Illinois and other states to the east, areas that have a strong demand for clean, reliable energy. The name of the project comes from the Rock Island Railroad, which stretches across the entire state of Iowa, through the city of Rock Island and into Illinois. Just as the Rock Island Railroad allowed farmers to move their goods to market, the Rock Island Clean Line will deliver clean, renewable energy to the communities that need it, representing the new farm to market model for the 21st century.
The Western Spirit Clean Line transmission project is a proposed 140-mile, 345 kilovolt transmission line that will collect renewable power from the wind-rich central New Mexico and deliver approximately 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power to the existing grid in northwestern New Mexico. The Western Spirit Clean Line is being jointly developed by Clean Line Energy Partners and RETA, and it will facilitate new, low-cost wind generation that could not otherwise be built due to lack of transmission.