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"Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy" by Russell Gold details the failed effort to build a huge transmission line across a dozen counties in Arkansas. 
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Judging a Clean Line Book by Its Hero and Antagonist

A new book by Russell Gold, “Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy," casts Clean Line Partners' bid to build a huge transmission line for solar and wind power across mid-America as visionary and environmentally heroic. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

DOE Drops Its Deal With Clean Line; Wind Project Won’t Cross Arkansas

Two months after planners gave up hopes of crossing Arkansas with a $2.5 billion wind-energy transmission line as doomed, the U.S. Department of Energy hammered a nail in the project's coffin Friday by ending its participation in the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. read more >
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Plains & Eastern Clean Line Appears Doomed In ArkansasLock Icon

After putting nearly nine years and more than $100 million of investors’ money into a $2.5 billion power transmission project across Oklahoma and Arkansas, the electric dream of Michael Skelly has shorted out. read more >
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Clean Line Shelves Arkansas Plans; Delegation Steps Up Attack

As Arkansas' congressional delegation stepped up its war Tuesday on a $2.5 billion wind-power transmission project, Clean Line Energy Partners has confirmed that it has shelved plans to string the controversial power line across Arkansas. read more >
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Bill Targets Clean Line, Contrasting With Trump’s Zeal for Infrastructure

Arkansas' congressional delegation backs a bill that would halt the $2 billion Clean Line project. read more >
Michael Skelly, founder and president of Clean Line Energy Partners of Houston
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Renewable Trend in Energy May Be Beyond Trump’s Grasp

Donald J. Trump won the presidency after a campaign largely negative to renewable sources like solar and wind power, but forces in favor of cleaner power could prove even bigger than The Donald. read more >
Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville is a major power source  for Entergy Arkansas, which derives nearly 70 percent of its generation from nuclear sources. Entergy, like other Arkansas utilities, uses far less coal than it once did, and a Trump administration is not likely to reverse the trend. Coal-fired generation makes up just 4 percent of Entergy’s total. Cheap natural gas provides 24 percent.
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Energy Sector In Arkansas Expects Shift Under Trump, Not Upheaval

An oil- and coal-friendly Trump administration is taking power in Washington, promising a real shake-up. Still, Arkansas energy observers caution against expecting a huge shift. read more >
Construction / Energy

Clean Line, GE to Partner on Transmission Project

Clean Line Energy Partners says GE Energy Connections will supply three high-voltage direct-current converter stations for a $2.5 billion project to transmit wind power across Arkansas. read more >
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Report: Clean Line Project Could Mean $660M Impact in Arkansas

The construction and operation of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project could equate to more than $660 million for the Arkansas economy, according to researchers from the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Power Line Opponents Give Renewables Their Keystone Moment

Battles over the placement of power lines are an emerging problem for the U.S. clean energy industry, which casts itself as a friend of the environment but suddenly finds itself vilified by landowners. read more >
Energy / Manufacturing

French Manufacturer to Open Plant in West Memphis, Employ 70

A French overhead line insulation technology company will open a manufacturing plant in West Memphis to serve the planned Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission line project, the companies said on Monday. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Gets Regulatory Approval in Tennessee

The $2 billion, 720-mile transmission line would deliver wind energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to customers in Tennessee and Arkansas. The project would provide renewable energy to more than one million homes annually. read more >
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U.S. Department of Energy Releases Draft EIS on Transmission Line

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a 3,700-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a $2 billion, 720-mile transmission line to pass through Arkansas. read more >
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$100M Station in Central Arkansas Proposed Along Planned Wind Highway

A $2 billion, 750-mile transmission line project has been altered so that Arkansans will benefit from the wind energy highway that will be built through the state in coming years. read more >