Americans for a Clean Energy Grid views the AEP Wind Catcher project as the most promising development in transmission from 2017, which underlines the attractive combined economics of renewable energy and high-voltage transmission. Read our commentary and more in A Year-End Update on Electricity Policy From the Field from Sonia Aggarwal in GreenTech Media.
What was the most promising development in transmission in 2017?
“In the view of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, the most exciting development in transmission in 2017 was the announcement of American Electric Power Corporation’s intent to build dedicated 300-mile 765 KV transmission line to deliver energy from the ‘Wind Catcher’ project, 800 state-of-the-art wind turbines in the Oklahoma panhandle with 2 gigawatts of capacity.”
“The largest project of its type, this announcement underlines the attractive combined economics of renewable energy and high-voltage transmission, competitive even in the fossil fuel industry’s principal domestic production region, as well as the leadership of a major traditional electric utility committing to delivering clean energy through an expanded, modernized, and integrated high-voltage grid as part of its strategy going forward.”
— John Jimison, executive director, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, Inc.