Source: Channel 5 News | Fort Smith, ARK
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – An executive with the company that plans to build a high-voltage transmission line through Arkansas says the state will get its own converter station aside from the $2 billion project. The U.S. Department of Energy is reviewing a plan by Clean Line Energy Partners to build a 700-mile transmission line that would stretch from northwestern Oklahoma to western Tennessee, going through several parts of Arkansas in the process, including Northwest and western Arkansas. Hurtado said the project will deliver inexpensive clean energy to the mid-south and southeast part of the country. The review process may be completed by 2015, with company representatives hoping for construction to start in 2016. Hurtado said he hopes the line is up and running by 2018. The Department of Energy is set to hold 15 public meetings concerning the project, the next of which is set for February.