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Plains and Eastern Clean Line

Project Information
Sector: Electricity Transmission
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
Complete
Total Estimated Project Cost: 
$2,500,000,000
Description: 

As of March 23, 2018, DOE and Clean Line Energy Partners have mutually agreed to terminate their Participation Agreement. NextEra Energy Resources has acquired Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma LLC and all of the assets for the transmission project in Oklahoma. For more information, see: https://www.energy.gov/oe/services/electricity-policy-coordination-and-implementation/transmission-planning/section-1222-0

Archived Project Description: Clean Line seeks the Department’s participation in the development, siting, construction, operation, maintenance, and ownership of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission facilities running approximately 705 miles from western Oklahoma to the Arkansas-Tennessee border (the Project). Clean Line, acting on its own and without the Department’s participation, would build additional facilities that would connect to the Project in Texas and Tennessee. The Project would deliver up to 4,000 megawatts (MW) of primarily wind generation from the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle region to the mid-South and Southeastern United States, which could meet the annual energy needs of more than 1.5 million average American homes.

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Complete 12/21/2012
Scoping
Complete 12/21/2012
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Complete 12/19/2014
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Complete 11/13/2015
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Complete 03/25/2016
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Complete 03/25/2016
Section 106 Review
Milestones:
Initial application received
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Optional Milestones:
03/14/2017
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Complete 12/02/2015
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Complete 11/08/2016
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Complete 05/02/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Complete 09/08/2017
Target: 11/08/2018
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 11/08/2018 Complete 09/08/2017
Section 408 Permit
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 11/08/2016
Completed application received
Complete 05/02/2017
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Complete 09/07/2017
Target: 11/08/2018
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
US Army Corps of Engineers - Civil Works 11/08/2018 Complete 09/07/2017
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Complete 11/08/2016
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Complete 08/02/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Complete 09/29/2017
Target: 10/31/2017
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 10/31/2017 Complete 10/27/2017
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Complete 11/08/2016
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Complete 05/02/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Complete 09/27/2017
Target: 10/31/2017
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 10/31/2017 Complete 09/27/2017
Section 408 Permit
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 11/08/2016
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Complete 05/09/2017
Target: 11/08/2018
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
US Army Corps of Engineers - Civil Works (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 11/08/2018 Complete 05/09/2017
Section 408 Permit
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 11/08/2016
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Complete 09/13/2017
Target: 11/08/2018
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
US Army Corps of Engineers - Civil Works (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 11/08/2018 Complete 09/13/2017
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Complete 03/31/2015
Consultation Initiation Date
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Complete 11/20/2015
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability 11/20/2015 Complete 11/20/2015
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Complete 03/31/2015
Consultation Initiation Date
Final Biological Opinion Issued
11/20/2015
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Complete 06/21/2017
Section 10 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Complete 11/08/2016
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Complete 05/02/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Complete 09/08/2017
Target: 11/08/2018
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 11/08/2018 Complete 09/08/2017
Section 10 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Complete 11/08/2016
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Complete 05/02/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Complete 09/29/2017
Target: 10/31/2017
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 10/31/2017 Complete 09/29/2017
Section 10 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Complete 11/08/2016
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Complete 05/03/2017
Publication of Public Notice
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Complete 09/27/2017
Target: 10/31/2017
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) 10/31/2017 Complete 09/27/2017
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