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Re: “Arkansas Republicans may not be happy with Trump's infrastructure priorities

Vanessa - I guess I did not do a good enough job of connecting the dots.

Without the Clean Power Plan, utilities can buy the cheapest, most reliable source of electricity available to them. The electricity from the Plains and Eastern would not be the cheapest or most reliable. How do I know that? Simple. Clean Line has been working for several years to persuade utility companies to sign binding agreements to purchase electricity carried by their transmission line. They have been unsuccessful. Why? Because the utilities know the Plains and Eastern will be neither cheap nor reliable.

Without the Clean Power Plan there is no need for this transmission line. There has never been a need. This is a transmission line to nowhere. This is not needed infrastrure.

Vanessa - I'm glad your son has work. So do I. I have been working on my farm for fifty years. I do not want to see my sweat equity destroyed. If Clean Line gets their way, they will build a 200' tall steel lattice tower less than 100 yards from my home. My property value will plummet and Clean Line refuses to even discuss the effect of their transmission lines on property value.

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Posted by Joel Dyer on 01/25/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Arkansas Republicans may not be happy with Trump's infrastructure priorities

For the uninformed, including news reporters, here is a simple explanation of why the Plains and Eastern transmission line will not be built.

Trump has pledged to repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan. The target market for this transmission line is the southeastern US. No Clean Power Plan means utilities in the southeast US will not be forced to buy renewable electricity carried over 700 miles on this gigantic extension cord. (Which passes through the most tornado prone region on Earth.) Those utilities can stick with the cheapest, most reliable sources of electricity. That means they can use existing nuclear and fossil fuel powered generators in combination with local renewables. (And the East coast states have abundant offshore wind resources.)

When the US Department of Energy agreed to participate with Clean Line in this project, there were certain requirements established that must be met before the DOE will exercise eminent domain authority. One of those requirements is that Clean Line must have binding purchase commitments from utilities.

No Clean Power Plan means no demand for this transmission line. No demand means no binding purchase agreements. No purchase agreements means no DOE eminent domain authority. No eminent domain means no transmission line. Got it?

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Posted by Joel Dyer on 01/25/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Clean Line project gets positive environmental assessment

You give Senator John Boozman, Senator Tom Cotton, and Representative Steve Womack too much credit. These three politicians did what politicians do. They straddled the fence. They waited until it was too late to make a difference before they did anything to "help" their constituents. There are desperate landowners who want to believe Boozman, Cotton, and Womack are going to save them from Clean Line and the DOE. Unfortunately, those landowners are deluding themselves. Boozman, Cotton, and Womack will not save them. If landowners want to stop Clean Line from taking their property, they should find other methods.

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Posted by Joel Dyer on 11/04/2015 at 7:11 PM

Re: “The messy Clean Line issue

If Boozman or Cotton actually opposed this "green" energy scam, they could have said "While the states of Tennessee and Oklahoma have approved the project, Arkansas continues to oppose the project. The use of federal eminent domain would strip Arkansas of their traditional property rights." They could have, but they didn't. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said it. They could join Senator Alexander in his opposition to the Obama Department of Energy's trampling the rights of Arkansas landowners. They haven't.

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Posted by Joel Dyer on 06/17/2015 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Power line environmental study released; to carry wind power across Arkansas

Good job Max, get quotes from a supporter of this unconstitutional federal land grab and ignore the opposition exists. No journalistic bias on your part, is there?

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Posted by Joel Dyer on 12/15/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “FERC approves wind power project that includes Arkansas

"Talk Business reports on news that Plains and Eastern Clean Line has received federal approval for a project to deliver wind-generated electricity to several states including Arkansas."

Sloppy journalism Max!

Plains and Eastern Clean Line LLC has obtained regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates and to negotiate bilateral agreements for 100% of the line’s capacity. BIG difference. FERC said Clean Line could sell TRANSMISSION SERVICES to customers. Clean Line wants to be an electricity toll road. Clean Line has not received state or federal eminent domain authority to condemn private property to build the line.

I still say you should look into Clean Line's attempt to buy influence in the state. I gave you three names to check, but that might require asking some tough questions.

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Posted by Joel Dyer on 08/20/2014 at 6:30 PM


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