<![CDATA[ StopPATH WV - StopPATH WV Blog]]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:37:20 -0800Weebly<![CDATA["Clean Line Builds..."]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:49:22 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/clean-line-builds...the answer is NOT "transmission lines for wind and solar projects."  I'll spare you the lecture about verb tenses (but you can get it here) but basically there are three verb tenses -- past, present and future.  Clean Line has not built anything, therefore to say it "builds" is incorrect.  Clean Line is not currently "building" a transmission line.  Clean Line has not "built" a transmission line in the past.  Clean Line perhaps hopes it "will build" a transmission line in the future, but I don't think that's likely.  The only thing Clean Line seems to be building anymore is Michael Skelly's ego.

What purpose did the Houston Chronicle article serve?  Was the reporter actually trying to make a point?  That renewable energy isn't "lonely" in Houston?  Michael Skelly may be about as lonely as they come these days.  Nobody seems to care about the transmission lines he hopes to build anymore.  It's all about Michael Skelly, just like it was all about Michael Skelly back in August, when Skelly practiced heroics with his feet on a table during Hurricane Harvey.  And back in 2014, when he showcased his heroism in building a compound of historic homes in one of those terrible "poorer" neighborhoods.  Building -- something that was actually done.  Not something one aspires to in order to pretend it's happening.  Michael Skelly sure has "built" quite the ego.

Skelly likes to pretend that the abandonment of his dream and the sale of a portion of his project to NextEra was a "success."

Michael Skelly, the company's president, told Arkansas Business that the direct-current project, which would have transmitted 4,000 megawatts of renewable energy from Western Oklahoma to eastern Tennessee, is basically on life support.

"Everybody knows that if you can delay a project, you can hurt it or force a different outcome," Skelly said after devoting nearly nine years and some $100 million in private investor money to the project, which would have crossed 12 Arkansas counties with 200-foot-high transmission towers. "We're ending up with an outcome that's just fine for us business-wise, but not as good for Arkansas."
Actually, Arkansas will be just fine without a "clean" line.  The project was never purposed to benefit Arkansans anyhow.  It was about Michael Skelly and his investors making a bundle of money riding the renewable energy wave to sell a bunch of clueless people something they didn't want or need.  Except it turns out they really didn't want or need it, and the project went broke.  Clean Line gladly cannibalized its Plains & Eastern project and sold the juiciest cut to NextEra.  What's left isn't even good for soup.  Not only doesn't Clean Line's Arkansas and Tennessee assets not connect with anything, but the company withdrew their interconnection requests.  There's nothing to interconnect.  Clean Line is over.

As far as that delay thing goes, he's partly right though.  It may have turned out oh so differently for Michael Skelly and Clean Line if they had honestly attempted to engage landowners along the route and find out what would inspire them to sign a voluntary right of way agreement.  Instead, Clean Line acted like an arrogant, entitled, smart ass, figuring it only had to make it look like it was negotiating with landowners, while desperately attempting to acquire the power of eminent domain to force involuntary easements.  Any cost conscious, astute developer would have given up many years ago, however.  Only Michael Skelly continued for 9 years, wasting increasing amounts of funds supplied by his silly investors.  Business-wise, Clean Line is a bust.  I'm thinking they didn't get anywhere near the $100M they spent on Plains & Eastern in the NextEra sale.  Only Skelly's ego is pretending that was a good outcome.  Maybe if he says it enough, money to repay the investors will fall from the sky?  Maybe if he says it enough, he won't be a 50-something year old failure?
So Skelly is pretending he and his company are still viable in order to maintain the old ego.  But what's wrong with Vicki Ayres-Portman?  Did someone forget to send her the memo about Clean Line's sale of its Oklahoma assets, or is she quite insane?  I received numerous copies of this article last week.  It says:
Clean Line Energy spokeswoman Vicki Ayres-Portman explained the impact wind energy has had on local county budgets and what it would mean to be the member of a state that divests in wind energy at Monday's get-together.
Ayres-Portman was taking the place of originally scheduled speaker Mark Yates, Oklahoma director for the Wind Coalition.
“Most of you have probably heard there are two bills running on the floor of the house today that would have a detrimental impact on the future and possibly retroactive on wind development,” she said. “So Mark felt like he really needed to stay at the capitol today and asked if I would stop by on my way to the capitol and give you guys an update on wind energy in Oklahoma.”

What interest does Clean Line have in Oklahoma wind at this point?  Or are they simply a registered lobbying agent for NextEra?  And why was Vicki on her way to the capitol?  Clean Line sold its Oklahoma assets, remember?
Ayres-Portman detailed the well publicized and still working 9-year-old Clean Line project set to run from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Tennessee. The $2.5 billion, 4,000 megawatt project that was set to provide energy to customers in Arkansas, Tennessee and other markets stalled recently. The issues hamstringing the plans come after President Trump began pushing coal and nuclear power options.
"The market has really changed since Clean Line started this effort eight, nine years ago,” Ayres-Portman said. “At that time, the bioenergy centers to the East were really looking forward to more renewables. We had a new President elected. And although I agree with a lot of great things he’s done, one of the things, pushing coal and nuclear has really dampened the power purchase agreements from big utilities that were looking at doing renewables, whether that was natural gas, wind or solar.”
So those companies that had memorandums of understanding to come onto the Clean Line transmission line, have pulled away from those agreement.
Still working?  What the hell does that mean?  How can Clean Line be "still working" in Oklahoma when it doesn't own anything in Oklahoma?  The demise of Clean Line is Trump's fault?  Anything but!  The demise of Clean Line is Clean Line's fault.  It failed to attract any customers. No customers, no revenue, no "builds."  What "companies" had memorandums of understanding to "come onto the Clean Line?"  No company had such an understanding, so there's nothing to "pull away" from.  Clean Line acts like it has some firm commitments that were cancelled after Trump was elected.  That's just not true.  Ayres-Portman looks like she's quite insane in that article.  Maybe she'd like to make some corrections so she doesn't "build" herself a reputation as a fabulist?

Clean Line needs to just go away.  The idea that consumers would pay a premium to import wind energy from far, far away wasn't viable.  And the idea that landowners would welcome a transmission line across their property if it carried "renewable energy" was completely bogus.  Enough time and money has been wasted.  Give the old ego a rest and just go away.  I think you might be on the verge of embarrassing yourself.
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<![CDATA[FirstEnergy Failure]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:20:47 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/firstenergy-failureFirstEnergy's attempt to transfer its risky, money-losing coal generating plant to West Virginia ratepayers has failed.  Finally.  It's just too bad all that time and money got wasted on an idea that had no real chance of succeeding.  Only a corrupt regulatory system and galling arrogance made it seem like a good idea.

Because the WV Public Service Commission had approved a similar deal for a different company transfer several years ago, FirstEnergy thought it didn't have to try so hard.  Its idea to transfer the Pleasants Power Station from its competitive generation company to its WV distribution affiliate was a bold joke, flimsily wrapped in "need" and bad economic projections, submitted with a wink and a nod.  FirstEnergy knows that the WV PSC is more interested in the needs of the company than the needs of the ratepayers it was created to protect.  Oh, sure, the WV PSC pretends its mission is to "balance" the needs of ratepayers with the needs of the community at large and the needs of the utility.  However the utility is perfectly capable of advocating for its own needs, and the communities are so bought out by corporate profits that they act like yappy lap dogs, barking at corporate direction.  It is the ratepayers who rely on the regulatory system to protect their interests.  Indeed it is the very nature of a monopoly situation that requires regulation to protect ratepayer interests.  FirstEnergy's WV affiliate has been granted a monopoly franchise to serve West Virginians.  Because FirstEnergy has a monopoly, regulation serves to provide competition where none exists naturally.  It is regulation that controls utility actions to ensure a monopoly does not exert market power over captive ratepayers.  Therefore, the WV PSC exists first and foremost to protect the needs of WV ratepayers captive in a monopoly system.  Perish the thought that FirstEnergy would have to perform and earn its right to own a monopoly franchise.  That thought has probably never even crossed the minds of WV's PSC Commissioners.  They seem to think they exist to make sure the utility is treated fairly.  And that's what they did in the recent Pleasants transfer case.

Knowing that the WV PSC is a captured agency who dances at corporate will, it was much more productive for ratepayers to look beyond the first string of regulators who are supposed to protect them.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission isn't as wrapped up in the needs of West Virginia's economy or corporate profits, and is not captured in the same way as the WV PSC, whose commissioners are appointed as lobbied by state franchised utilities.  The chances were better that an impartial decision would be made at the federal level.  And it was.  The FERC rejected FirstEnergy's proposal to transfer the plant between affiliates, finding that the transfer resulted in improper cross-subsidization.  In plain speak, that means that it was not a fair arm's length transaction.  But FirstEnergy, in its sheer arrogance, attempted to apply its West Virginia bag of tricks to influence the federal agency.  That's right, FirstEnergy had its attorney call up a FERC Commissioner to try to influence the agency's decision.  Somehow, FirstEnergy was aware "that the Commission would shortly issue an order adverse to the interests of Monongahela Power."  How was it that a party to a FERC proceeding was aware of a decision of the agency before it was issued?  Because FERC is as much a revolving door regulatory agency as any.  It's a great landing spot for attorneys fresh out of law school with a mountain of student debt.  With just a few years of effort at marginal pay, a FERC staff attorney can make himself marketable to private industry as an "insider."  The regulated entities prize these FERC insiders and pay them handsomely.  FERC is just a springboard to fat paychecks for some attorneys.  That's not to say that all FERC attorneys are using the agency to pad their resumes, I found that there are plenty of staff who take their charge to protect public interests seriously and make a career out of it.  Those public employees are treasures, but as you can see, it only takes a handful of bad ones to trash FERC's public service mission.  I'm happy to realize, though, that one of FERC's Commissioners put a stop to this underhanded effort and reported the illegal contact from FirstEnergy's attorney.  Bravo!  But what happens to the attorney who attempted this improper influence?  I'm thinking that FirstEnergy's attorney knew calling up the Commissioner like that was against the rules.  But he did it anyhow.  Why isn't he barred from practice before the agency in the future?  The only thing he seems to have received is some exposure.  No harm, no foul, he's free to repeat this behavior in the future, perhaps with a Commissioner who may not blow the whistle on him.  It is only when improper behavior comes with significant consequences that it will end.

And why did FirstEnergy think improper influence on FERC would save their bacon?  Probably because it works in other jurisdictions.  I believe that if the same situation played itself out in West Virginia, for instance, that ending the contact and reporting the encounter would not occur.  FirstEnergy only does this because it works.

So here we are again at regulation acting as safeguard in a monopoly situation.  It's a lesson the WV PSC never seems to learn.

And what happened in West Virginia after FERC disapproved the transaction?  The WV PSC approved the transfer, saying that the unfairness of affiliate transactions didn't matter.  The WV PSC was totally unconcerned about the fairness of the transaction and whether it violated the concept of competition in an open market where a utility did not have a monopoly.  The WV PSC tried to pretend it actually listened to public comment and considered it in its decision.  That's a first, but it was contrived nonsense.  The WV PSC's decision to approve the transfer was nothing short of a display of disgusting arrogance.  Someone's fee-fees seemed pretty bruised that the company did not accept their offer to approve the transaction with a delay.  Everyone got some backlash.  The Consumer Advocate gets chastised for protecting consumers:
The CAD takes no prisoners in its attempt to “advise” the Commission of its responsibilities. In its Reply Brief, the CAD emphasizes the gravity of the situation by stating that, if this Transaction is approved, “the harm that redounds to West Virginia captive ratepayers will be a legacy of this Commission.”
Seriously?  The CAD exists to protect ratepayer interests.  Why shouldn't it be direct about the harm to ratepayers?  Its job IS to advise the Commission, no quotation marks needed.  If the CAD can place a little nugget of guilt into the mind of a compromised Commissioner, it's still not a fair trade for years of increased electric rates.  And a Commissioner who resents this effort obviously doesn't have the best interests of ratepayers in mind.  If he did, then the CAD's attempt to inspire guilt would have no effect.  Think about that.

The WV PSC treats "risk" as a non-starter.  The PSC thinks risk exists everywhere and assumption of risk should not be a primary concern in their decision.  Except the company failed to accept the PSC's conditions on approval, stating:
Additionally,the Companies will not accept the conditions included in the Commission Order that would result in Mon Power assuming exposure and significant commodity risk, which is inconsistent with FirstEnergy’s announced corporate strategy.
So it is about the risk after all?  While the ratepayers are supposed to be unconcerned about taking on additional risk from the transaction, the company can base its decision to abandon the transaction on its aversion to risk?  FirstEnergy was trying to transfer its risk to WV consumers, but it was unsuccessful.  And that's the bottom line.

FirstEnergy failed.  Although it was a rough ride with some hairy, scary moments, ultimately the company ends up stuck with their own mess.  We just get the bill.
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<![CDATA[Gunfight at the OK Corral]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 13:15:37 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/gunfight-at-the-ok-corralThere sure is a lot of money being poured into the battle to own and control the wind in Oklahoma.  If only the citizens of the state received a fraction of what's being spent on legal bills, lobbyists, public relations and front groups.

Say what?  Front groups?  You all know how much I love a good (badly constructed) front group!  I was really trying to ignore AEP's Wind Catcher project, but now their competition has constructed a really ridiculous front group.  It's an accident I simply can't drive by without rubbernecking.

AEP's Wind Catcher project is a ginormous wind farm under construction in Western Oklahoma by Invenergy that will be purchased by AEP upon completion.  AEP wants to build a 300+ mile "generation tie line" to connect the wind farm with one of AEP's large regional substations in eastern Oklahoma, and then distribute the energy to its customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.  AEP wants captive ratepayers in those four states to pay for its project, plus a generous return on AEP's investment.  AEP has greased its project and is trying to ram it through state utility commission approvals, pretending it's some kind of tax subsidy emergency.  If states don't approve, their ratepayers lose big tax handouts!  Ahem... where do tax handouts come from?  From taxes.  Who pays taxes?  The people... the same people who would "benefit" from their own tax payments.  Yahoo.  This project is a non-starter and not really worth my time.  While enough schmoozing and behind closed doors hanky-panky may get the project approved in Oklahoma, the other states get nothing but the bill.  Increased electric rates for all.   Wind Catcher isn't going to be happening so there's no need to get all excited, and certainly no need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a front group opposing it.

But somebody did.  Somebody who claims to be
... dedicated to fostering clean energy sources that best serve the needs of local consumers.

Protect our Pocketbooks supports clean energy, but we believe that energy infrastructure investments should be made locally.

Well, hey, great!  I support that, too!  But probably not for the same reasons.  And I don't have enough money to buy a fancy lobbyist-lawyer to incorporate a front group about my belief, and I can't afford TV commercials about it.  But I do have a website, just not as slick, and not designed for you to "take action now!" and lobby lawmakers to support my idea.

So, we support local clean energy sources, do we?  Which ones?  Where?  What are we doing instead of importing energy from Oklahoma?  Doesn't say.  We're all about the Wind Catcher hate and have no better ideas to promote.  Lawmakers love that shit.  No, really.  They love to listen to constituents whine about stuff they don't want without coming up with and supporting better ideas.  You'd think someone spending all this money would have a better grasp of what motivates lawmakers.  I mean they could at least pretend they're for something real.

But if they were actually for something, then they'd reveal who's funding this front group.  Supposedly it's "clean energy."  Would the fossil fuel industry really make a front group claiming to be a supporter of "clean energy?"  That's what all the enviro-wackos who support big wind will think... that the fossil fuel industry must be behind it.   Just like they think the fossil fuel industry pays me big bucks to write this blog (Hey!  Koch Brothers!  You're way, way past due on my payments!  I'm still waiting for the first one to arrive!).  I'm not so sure.  Is it more likely a shady front group would skirt the truth instead of out and out lying?  So what if this front group is being financed by other players in the wind industry who want to stop Wind Catcher so they can develop Oklahoma wind and transmission instead?  There's a huge gold mine for someone who ends up owning the Oklahoma wind.

Here's why I believe "Protect our Pocketbooks, Inc." is a front group.

A front group is described as:
A front group is an organization that purports to represent one agenda while in reality it serves some other party or interest whose sponsorship is hidden or rarely mentioned. The front group is perhaps the most easily recognized use of the third party technique.
  1. This group has no contact info on its website.  It has no physical office.  You cannot contact them.  I suppose you could write to them at PO Box 3835 in Little Rock, which is the principal address for the organization used by its incorporator.  Just don't expect a reply.
  2. This group has a slick, professional website that seems to be directed at inspiring people to "take action."  Political "action."
  3. This group does not mention who funds it.
  4. This group has incorporated as a "non-profit" corporation.
  5. This group does not list its members.
  6. This group does not list its employees, directors or management.
  7. This group was incorporated by someone named Justin T. Allen of Little Rock.  Searching for Justin T. Allen in Little Rock brings up this character.  He works for energy interests?  How very interesting!
  8. This group has videos that people say are TV commercials.  TV commercials?  Do you have any idea how much it costs to advertise on TV?  Who is paying the advertising bills?  Remember, this group has no funders, no members, and no directors.
  9. There's an awful lot of money being spent trying to convince people to oppose the Wind Catcher project.  Someone must stand to make a real bundle if this project fails.  Who could it be?
But at least Wind Catcher has accomplished one thing so far... it knocked the bottom out of Clean Line's Plains & Eastern project.  Here's Clean Line, trying for the last 9 years to build a transmission line between proposed wind farms in western OK and purported eastern "demand."  When along comes AEP, not only building and owning the actual wind farm, but proposing its own transmission line across Oklahoma to serve its own captive "demand."  AEP could have simply built the wind farm and used Clean Line's proposed transmission line to get the wind to its demand.  But it did not.  Whoever owns the infrastructure gets the profits.  AEP isn't splitting its profits with some wanna be utility like Clean Line.  So what happens next?  Clean Line intervenes in the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Wind Catcher case and tries to convince the OCC that its transmission line proposal is better than AEP's.  Then a competitor of Invenergy (AEP's wind farm builder) buys up the Plains & Eastern Clean Line assets in Oklahoma.  NextEra now owns Clean Line's transmission line assets (such as they are -- unconnected nothingness) and it also probably wants to develop wind in western Oklahoma, maybe even build some ginormous wind farm for a company like AEP.  It can offer AEP a half-purchased, right of way across the state, plus the bonus of some pissed off landowners and stubborn Native Americans.  Transmission fatigue is a thing AEP must surely recognize.  Clean Line has spent the last 9 years pissing off the people along its proposed route.  It's a trap! 

Invenergy should watch its back.  Hey, and maybe they can create their own front group?  The only thing more fun than a front group is two or more competing front groups... with TV commercials, and websites!  We are kind of in the winter doldrums now... entertain me, make me laugh!
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<![CDATA[Clean Line Wastes Time and Money on Missouri Appeal]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:26:14 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/clean-line-wastes-time-and-money-on-missouri-appealBut, hey, at least Jay Nixon gets some press on his first (and only?) case since returning to the practice of law.  It's nice that he has something to fall back on now that he's no longer governor.  I'm thinking maybe he's a little rusty?

So, anyhow, E&E News gushes on about Nixon's arguments before the Missouri appellate court on behalf of Grain Belt Express.  They actually sent a reporter to listen to that?  Boring!  Same old confused arguments.  Same old pointless points.  Who cares whether it's an area certificate or a line certificate?  It simply doesn't matter.

That's because Grain Belt Express will still need the assent of all counties for its transmission line to cross county roads.  That's an entirely different statute that isn't part of this appeal.  Section 229.100 says:
229.100. No person or persons, association, companies or corporations shall erect poles for the suspension of electric light, or power wires, or lay and maintain pipes, conductors, mains and conduits for any purpose whatever, through, on, under or across the public roads or highways of any county of this state, without first having obtained the assent of the county commission of such county therefor;...
And Grain Belt does not have the assent of the county commissions.

What is on appeal is whether the PSC should deny a certificate to a project that does not have county assent, or whether it may issue a conditional certificate contingent upon the transmission owner gaining assent at some time in the future.  That is the only issue on appeal.  Even if GBE wins this appeal, it would still have to receive county assent before it builds anything.

The E&E News reporter must have gotten this information from an unreliable source:
And the counties the project would cross initially gave their assent to Clean Line, only to see some of them later try to withdraw their approvals.
"Try" is not correct.  The counties did withdraw their assent, and one of the counties has already had their withdrawal affirmed in court.  Caldwell County's prior "assent" was determined to have occurred illegally by a court.  GBE never had a valid assent from Caldwell County.  Not now, not ever.  No "try" about it.

The issue of assents would have to be tried as a separate matter.  This appeal is a colossal waste of time.

And then even E&E questions whether the project would actually be built.
Even if the court agrees with Clean Line, the fate of the Grain Belt Express is uncertain.

"We are committed to moving this innovative project forward," Mark Lawlor, vice president of development for Clean Line, said in a prepared statement. "With increased customer demand for low-cost renewable energy, new transmission projects are more necessary than ever."

What rock has Mark been hiding under?  Clean Line has only one customer in Missouri who has been promised transmission service below the company's cost to provide it.  Who's going to pay to build this project?  Where's the rest of the customers, Clean Line?  Generalized claims of "demand" don't produce revenue.  Without committed customers to support the cost of the project, the project fails.

Maybe Mark is just trying to polish the GBE turd in order to try to sell the entire project to some other sucker, such as the way it sold Plains & Eastern to NextEra?

For Sale:  Distressed transmission project.  Championed by former state governor who is now practicing law.  Millions in debt and no guarantee it will ever have enough revenue to come to fruition.  Only needs some minor county government assents.... and paying customers.  Make offer.
I kinda wish they'd quit wasting everyone's time.
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<![CDATA[Who Pays for Corporate Demand?]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 03:07:15 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/who-pays-for-corporate-demandSome shady sounding organization calling itself the Wind Energy Foundation issued a "report" recently.  The goal of this "report" seems to be to make the hoi polloi believe that "demand" is growing for a "national energy grid."

Huh?

First of all, there is no such thing as a "national energy grid."  In fact, the U.S. has three distinct grid systems that don't really connect, so they're certainly not "national."  Or perhaps they are trying to insinuate that the U.S. electric grid is some federally owned and government financed entity?  That's not true either.  Transmission lines are owned by many different entities, some for profit, and some not for profit, and some by private entities and some by government entities.  The only thing that matters is that the regional transmission operators and balancing authorities keep the lights on in our communities.  And they do, for the most part.

If I were to write a recipe for crashing the three separate and distinct grids, first I'd connect them all together in as many places as I could.  The more connections, the more chances for massive, cascading failure.  Then I'd eliminate all the small, diverse, local power generators and connect my massive "national" grid to just a few massive generators located thousands of miles from electric customers.  It wouldn't take long for such a "national" grid to crash, we're talking massive failure that would take approximately forever to recover.  And that's exactly the kind of system the Wind Energy Foundation's "report" urges us to "demand."

And let's talk about that word, "demand."  The Wind Energy Foundation's "report" says that corporations are "demanding" more renewable energy.  Excuse me, corporate America, who are you to "demand" anything.  If you want renewable energy, then make it yourself.  I'm pretty sure all your giant marts and factories have some pretty large rooftops and parking lots just perfect for installing your own solar farm.  In fact, I demand that you do so.  If you don't want to do that, then I demand that you pack up your corporate bindle and relocate to one of those those horribly rural areas where you think renewable energy comes from so you can obtain it from its source.  You cannot demand that rural America sacrifice itself to become your power plant, much less demand a right of way across thousands of miles of rural America for massive new transmission lines to serve your urban corporate headquarters.

And furthermore, I demand that you pay for your renewable energy demand yourself.  That's right, if you think using renewable energy makes you more attractive to your customers so that they will pay more for your products, then the cost of doing so is on you, not me.

The Wind Energy Foundation's report recommends that corporate America demand that regional transmission organizations order new transmission lines built to serve them.  That's not how RTOs work, you silly twits.  RTOs plan and operate their regional grids first and foremost for reliability, you know, keeping the lights on.  RTOs also plan and operate new lines for economic purposes, presuming that new transmission lowers power prices in the region.  And do you know why that is?  It's because all lines planned and ordered by an RTO are cost allocated to the electric consumers who benefit.  It's called a cost/benefit analysis.  You've heard of that, right, corporate America?  The one who gets the benefits from the new transmission line pays the cost of building and operating it.  So who do you think gets the benefits from all the new renewable energy transmission lines you're demanding?  You do, corporate America, you do!

So, you're willing to pay billions of dollars for all these new transmission lines you're demanding, right?  And then you'll just roll those billions of dollars of expense into your production cost, and increase your prices accordingly, right?  And consumers will jump at the chance to buy your overpriced products produced with "clean energy," right?  Am I talking your language now?

I'm betting that if corporate America had to pay for all these new transmission lines that the Wind Energy Foundation is urging them to demand, all of a sudden renewable energy wouldn't be so important.  It's only worth demanding if someone else is paying for it.

Ya know, wind energy companies are for profit businesses, too.  They rake in the green by brainwashing everyone to be green.  However, there's a limit to the amount of green John Q. Public is willing to pay for.  The Wind Energy Foundation fills its own pockets first by manipulating corporate America like a stage full of marionettes.

"I demand renewable energy!"

"I demand more transmission!"

I demand that the Wind Energy Foundation take its "report" and shove it.  I'm not paying for corporate renewable energy goals.  The most reliable electrical system is local.  Small, diverse, local generators connected to local users. ]]>
<![CDATA[Shame On You, Transource!]]>Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:06:37 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/shame-on-you-transourceTransource is a new joint venture of utility giant American Electric Power and Great Plains Energy.  So far, it seems that Transource's Independence Energy Connection is being managed by AEP employees.  AEP has more than 100 years of experience building utility infrastructure and interacting with consumers.  So how did they screw this up so badly?  Why has an elected representative demanded that Transource cease and desist aggressive and illegal land acquisition practices and issue an apology to all the landowners it threatened?

You've gone too far, Transource.  Shame on you!

Transource thinks that perhaps they're dealing with a bunch of rubes who are easily threatened into submission.  After all, the eastern portion of the project is only 10 miles of line in a rural community bisected by a state border... but it's a sophisticated and well connected community.  Transource, your strong arm tactics and lies don't work here!

During the past week, Transource poured the gas on their fruitless efforts to get landowners to sign legal documents giving the company permission to "survey."  Landowners are never required to sign survey permission forms.  While Pennsylvania law allows a public utility to access private property, there's a lot more to it that Transource presumes landowners don't know.
Furthermore, the Transource letter sent to landowners  dated January 5, 2018 is inaccurate  and misrepresentative of the proper procedures set in place  under the Eminent  Domain  Code and public  codes of the Commonwealth. In  the letter, your company  stated it  has obtained utility status by Pennsylvania. While the Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved Transource's application for utility  status on December 21, 2017, your company  has yet to obtain  the appropriate certificate  and orders from  the PUC to  operate as a public utility  and conduct land surveys/assessments. Moreover,  even after obtaining the appropriate approvals,  Transource must follow the Eminent Domain Code  and issue 10-day notice to all landowners before  accessing private property. As of today, Transource cannot  send such a notice until the proper certificate and approvals from the PUC.
And Transource is going to pretend, with all its lawyers and legal support staff, that it didn't know these things?  I don't believe you!  And even if Transource was completely unaware of Pennsylvania law, there's absolutely no excuse for threatening to have landowners arrested on their own property.  You went too far, Transource.

Even if Transource has the legal right to enter onto property, a landowner never has to sign a permission form.  If the company exercises its right to access property without the owner's permission it cannot expect that the landowner would release the company from liability for its use of the property.  You need never sign a permission to access form.

Numerous landowners on the eastern portion of the project reported a rash of strong arm tactics by Transource land agent Western Land Services last week.  Landowners received threatening phone calls demanding that they sign the survey permission form or the sheriff would come and arrest them.
I have received numerous complaints from constituents in my legislative district who experienced threatening behavior from your contracted land  services agent, Western Land Services. In communication with landowners,  agents from Westem Land  Services threatened to call the sheriff's office  and arrest residents who did not  sign letters granting access to their properties. This type of coercive behavior and  harassment by your contracted  agent is unacceptable  and illegal  at best. am requesting punitive actions be  taken to  ensure this type of disrespectful behavior  does not  happen again during  the remainder of  the project.
The sheriff isn't going to arrest these landowners for failing to sign a permission form.  At best, if Transource receives all its permits from the PUC the most it can do is issue a notification that it will be access the property in 10 days.  Such notice would need proof of delivery.  Only if Transource had accomplished all the necessary legal steps and had some sort of legal order to present to the sheriff, and the landowner physically threatened or interfered with property access, would the sheriff even be interested in wasting his time on this issue.  Your sheriff works for you, not some company in Columbus, Ohio.

Whose idea was this, and why did they think it would work to intimidate this community?  That person needs to be fired, first for breaking the law, second for having no morals, and third for being stupid, I mean just a complete idiot.

It really wasn't that long ago that another company got in big, big trouble in the Pennsylvania court and regulatory system by deploying threatening and coercive land acquisition tactics just like these.  And TrAILCo's application to build transmission in Pennsylvania was denied by the administrative law judge who heard he case.  Did TrAILCo's abysmal behavior play a part in its ultimate denial?  Absolutely!  Let's look at all the abusive land acquisition tactics that Transource has in common with TrAILCo... so far.
All communications with property owners and occupants must be factually correct and made in good faith.

Do not make false or misleading statements.

Do not misrepresent any fact.

Until the Company has been authorized by the state utility commission, do not suggest that the Project is a "done deal" or is "99 percent sure" or make similar statements suggesting that the state utility commission has authorized construction of the project.

All Communications and interactions with property owners and occupants of property must be respectful and reflect fair dealing.

Do not engage in behavior that may be considered harassing, coercive, manipulative, intimidating or causing undue pressure. 

All communications by a property owner, whether in person, by telephone or in writing, in which the property owner indicates that he or she does not want to negotiate or does not want to give permission for surveying or other work on his or her property, must be respected and politely accepted without argument.

Do not represent that a relative, neighbor and/or friend have signed a document or reached an agreement with the company.

Do not represent that a relative, neighbor and/or friend supports or opposes the Project.

Do not threaten to call law enforcement officers or obtain court orders.

Do not threaten the use of eminent domain.
We've hardly just begun, Transource, and already you've violated accepted conduct for land agents working on your behalf.  I know you're going to blame Western Land Services for going rogue behind your back, or a few "bad" agents who don't understand their job.  But I know that's just not true.  Land acquisition companies behave badly with the full knowledge of the company who is paying them.  So maybe it's time to fire this company.  And Transource needs to get all the money it paid Western refunded to the ratepayers so it won't cost the ratepayers anything extra to hire a reputable company with some moral and ethical standards.

Does PJM Interconnection know how badly you've screwed up this transmission project they "ordered" you to build?  If I was PJM, I'd cancel your contract and find a reputable company to build it instead.

Meanwhile, Representative Hill wants you to apologize to the landowners you harassed.  Try to be a big boy and take responsibility for your actions and don't blame them on rogue land agents or a fly-by-night company.  You all know what's going on and chose to try to strong arm this community willingly.  It blew up in your face.  

​Shame on you!
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<![CDATA[Clean Line Blames TVA For Its Failure]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/clean-line-blames-tva-for-its-failureThe Chattanooga Times Free Press has accused the Tennessee Valley Authority of cancelling Clean Line's interconnection request because it hates clean energy.
But after running out the clock with years of study, TVA President Bill Johnson said the utility would back out of the plan — leaving the Clean Line project twisting in the wind.
This editor has confused TVA's interconnection study process with TVA's memorandum of understanding to separately study whether TVA should purchase transmission capacity to serve its customers.  These are two separate and distinct processes.  In their haste to demonize the TVA, the editors have allowed their lack of knowledge to turn them into liars.
Late last month, TVA decided not to buy the wind energy it had been window shopping for nearly six years.
Did this supposed "decision" ever happen?  An official decision would have been made public, and reported when it happened.  Except that never happened.  Instead, it is only after the Plains & Eastern project collapsed that the less than true accusations against the TVA started.  More likely the TVA simply continued its failure to make a decision, and it was Clean Line that decided to "kill" its own project by selling a portion of it to NextEra and withdrawing its interconnection position.  Then Clean Line and the armchair engineers at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy start lobbing political revenge bombs at the TVA.

The much touted "Memorandum of Understanding" between Clean Line and the TVA only required the TVA to consider purchasing transmission capacity and wind from Oklahoma to serve its load.  There was no obligation for TVA to purchase anything.

This article in RTO Insider gives the MOU authority it never had.
The deal was sealed after it became apparent to Clean Line that TVA had little appetite to complete a six-year-old memorandum of understanding to purchase the project’s wind power.
The MOU never required a purchase.  It obligated TVA to think about purchasing, which is something they could have done without the MOU.  The MOU was legally and commercially useless, but it sounded good for Clean Line to tell the media it had a MOU with the TVA.  And the media bought it, and now they can't seem to let this fake news die.  Clean Line sold a portion of its project because the company couldn't get it built.  It was only after the sale that the TVA got trotted to slaughter.

The MOU was never about the separate interconnection process.  In order to connect a new power source (because a large transmission line is a power source) to an existing transmission system, the system operator must study how the injection of power will affect the stability of the existing system.  This is a fluid process, as the electric grid is constantly changing.  Any additions or upgrades necessary to keep the system stable are the financial responsibility of the entity who has requested interconnection.  A transmission operator can't just up and decide a project can't connect because the operator doesn't want to buy power to serve its customers.  That's a mingling of responsibilities that isn't supposed to happen.  Transmission is non-discriminatory open access.

Clean Line's removal from the TVA interconnection queue was voluntarily elected by Clean Line, whether they actively withdrew or whether they simply stopped paying for the interconnection process.  When the interconnection process ends, the queue position is surrendered.

​What other lies has the media made up to soften Clean Line's failure?
In the meantime, Clean Line founder and president Mike Skelly told RTO Insider, the company will focus on its four other long-haul HVDC projects.
“We’re adapting to the headwinds,” Skelly said. “You have to adapt.”
Adapt?  If Clean Line had adapted to reality, it probably could have saved its investors $100M or more.  Any sane utility without a method to recover its sunk costs would have quit many tens of millions ago.  Also, a sane utility with 5 new and different transmission projects probably would have concentrated on just one project to see if the idea was viable before trying to get 5 of them off the ground at once.  The "headwinds" smacked Skelly upside the head.  Really hard.  I guess he wasn't using his head.  *cymbal crash*

What is Skelly focusing on?  The Rock Island Clean Line is dead.  Plain & Eastern is dead.  The Grain Belt Express has been denied and is facing years of appeals in a legal quagmire from which it cannot escape.  I have no idea what's going on with the two western projects, but its probably more of the same.  There's nothing to focus on here.  Michael Skelly's transmission projects are not viable.

But RTO Insider isn't the only one being strung along by Clean Line.
In response to several queries from Talk Business & Politics, Clean Line on Wednesday (Jan. 3) issued a statement saying a recent decision by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to drop its six-year-old interconnection agreement with the Texas partnership has put the project on hiatus.
So Clean Line really IS issuing the well-padded "statements" that are misinforming the media?
“The need for low-cost renewable energy in Arkansas remains and the benefits the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will deliver to the state have not changed. Clean Line Energy is retaining all permits and acquired rights-of-way in Arkansas while we continue to evaluate energy markets and will respond accordingly,” said Clean Line Founder & President Michael Skelly. “Unfortunately, TVA’s reluctance to enter into an agreement with Clean Line … at this time has delayed our ability to deliver low-cost, renewable energy to the Southeast U.S. and jobs and investment to Arkansas.”
What the HELL, Michael Skelly?  How do you expect the assets you still "own" to deliver anything, ever?  You no longer have a generation source at the end of your right of way assets.  You sold the portion of the line that was supposed to connect with new wind generation to another company you no longer control.  NextEra will do whatever it wants with that portion of your project.  You voluntarily withdrew from the TVA interconnection queue, so you have no end point to deliver energy either.  Clean Line has an empty extension cord without any plugs on either end.  It's useless and could never be built.  It is now truly a "bridge to nowhere" that cannot connect with any existing or new roadway.

This "bridge to nowhere" is not the same project Clean Line got approved by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA), or the U.S. DOE.  It's no longer approved.  And I doubt Skelly has the financial means to continue to make scheduled payments to landowners for optioned rights of way.  Option?  Yes.  Landowners have reported that Clean Line's "purchase" of right of way in Arkansas is technically only an option to purchase because Clean Line only made down payments, with additional payments to continue the option to purchase due at a later date.  Skelly doesn't own anything yet, he hasn't completed paying for it.
No terms of the deal were disclosed, but regulatory and court filings show that Clean Line appraised the value of its Oklahoma assets north of $1 billion.
Oh hell no.  What's a piece of a broken dream worth?  If NextEra paid anything close to a billion dollars for the OK portion of the project, I'll tap-dance on their front steps while singing Don't Be Stupid.  I'm going to guess it was less than $25M, much, much less.
But it was exactly two years ago Clean Line cleared its biggest regulatory hurdle in Tennessee when the TVA board unanimously voted to approve the Texas partnerships’ application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate as a wholesale transmission-only public utility in Tennessee. At the time, TVA said there was a need to connect the supply of thousands of megawatts of new wind energy in the Oklahoma Panhandle with the increasing demand of utilities in the Mid-South and Southeast.
TRA, not TVA.  Tennessee Regulatory Authority is the state entity who issues a CPCN.  The Tennessee Valley Authority is a federal power marketer who has nothing to do with regulatory authority in Tennessee.  There is a HUGE difference!  And speaking of huge differences, the project TRA approved no longer exists.  I'm betting if challenged, the TRA won't support the CPCN any longer.
Clean Line has often touted TVA’s “letter of interest” stating that the project presented a valuable option for affordable energy for the Tennessee utility conglomerate, whose largest customer is the city of Memphis.
Right.  See above.  Clean Line spun its MOU to pretend it obligated TVA to purchase capacity.  Obviously it did not.

​So, let's review:
  1. Clean Line may no longer connect with the TVA transmission system.
  2. Clean Line no longer connects with any known generation source or resource area.
  3. Clean Line has no customers.
  4. Because of these factors, Clean Line's project no longer resembles the one reviewed by regulatory and "participatory" agencies.
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is dead.

Dead.

Dead.

Michael Skelly needs to give his ego a rest and just admit he's done with transmission.  Continuing to pretend Clean Line's transmission idea is viable doesn't even make sense.
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<![CDATA[Plains & Eastern Clean Line Killed]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:11:31 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/plains-eastern-clean-line-killed...but the bullshit never stops!

Hi Gullible One-Sided Story Journalist,  Attached is some bullshit that you can use for your story.  We have also provided someone else to blame for Michael Skelly's failure.  If you need anything else to craft your biased, fantasy story, please let me know!

The Tennessee Valley Authority is getting blamed for "killing" the Plains & Eastern Clean Line.

The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is dead?  Sweet!
Time to celebrate, Mayberry Munchkins!  Do you really care who gets blamed for "killing" it?  In my opinion, the TVA is a hero who refused to bow to greenwashing political pressure and in so doing saved its customers from higher rates and landowners outside its service territory from financial and economic harm for benefit of super-rich foreign investors.

Bravo, TVA!  Well done!

Except it really wasn't TVA's fault.  It's Michael Skelly's fault.  Clean Line had no customers.  No customers, no revenue, no financing, no construction, no transmission line.  It's just that simple.  Skelly might as well blame Duke Energy, Southern Co., Entergy, Florida Power & Light, or any other utility, for not buying his transmission capacity.  Skelly was proposing a merchant project where all risk is shouldered by investors, not consumers.  Skelly was granted negotiated rate authority by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to negotiate rates for his transmission service with willing customers.  Nothing in Skelly's transmission plan obligated the TVA, or any other utility, to become customers.  If Frito-Lay goes out of business next week, will it be YOUR fault for keeping your New Year's resolution to lay off the over-processed, salty, junk food?  Of course not!  You choose what to buy and who to buy it from.  The same is true of merchant transmission projects like Clean Line.  The whining of the "environmentalists" makes me laugh!  Once again, the environmentalists completely fail at trying to plan and run the TVA from their home offices.  These "environmentalists" have no idea what it takes to run the TVA so they need to shut their pie holes and let the professionals do their jobs.

So, how dead is Plains & Eastern?
The nation's biggest wind generator, NextEra Energy Resources, has bought the Oklahoma portion of the proposed 700-mile-long Plains and Eastern Line to serve Oklahoma and Midwest customers. But for now, plans to bring wind energy from the windy areas of Oklahoma and Texas into the less-windy Tennessee Valley and Southeastern part of the United States are stalled and unlikely to be resurrected for years.

"Unfortunately, this represents a significant delay in our ability to deliver this energy in the Southeast," Skelly said of the decision not to actively pursue the project at this time. "TVA's lack of interest has certainly not been helpful."

Skelly said other utilities want to buy wind-generated power, and Clean Line is now focusing on its four other transmission projects in the Midwest and the Western part of the United States. NextEra will use the Oklahoma part of the Plains and Eastern line to begin serving parts of Oklahoma, Kansas with wind-generated power that NextEra plans to develop.

"We are hanging onto our permits and rights of way in Arkansas in the event TVA in the future says it might like this power somewhere down the line, " Skelly said. "But at this point it would take considerably more effort to get this project moving for TVA again."


"TVA obviously has to make its own decisions about its future power supply, and we understand that," Skelly said. "But for now, we've stopped the process [of pursuing an interconnection agreement with TVA] because TVA required a whole lot of money to continue in this process but they have not wanted to make any commitments to buy the energy off of this line."
Oh, puh-leeze, Michael Skelly.  Do you actually believe your own lies?  TVA required a whole lot of money to continue the interconnection process because continuing to study your project for interconnection (which is completely separated from the study of whether or not to buy capacity on the line) costs the TVA money!  The TVA isn't paying dividends to investors with all the money it was charging Clean Line to remain in the interconnection queue.  Where do you think the TVA gets its money, Michael Skelly?  It gets all its money from its customers -- regular people who pay an electric bill.  Why should those people pay extra for TVA staff to continue to study the Plains & Eastern Clean Line to determine whether it may interconnect to the TVA transmission system without causing reliability problems?  Does Skelly think that he should get a free ride on the backs of hard-working Mayberrians?

So, if TVA's "whole lot of money" was too rich for Clean Line's bank account, where is Skelly going to get the money to "hang onto our permits and rights of way in Arkansas"?  That costs money, too, and for an undetermined "maybe" period of time?  I don't think so.

Skelly tries really hard to pretend that the part of his project that he didn't sell to another company is still commercially viable.
But Skelly said other utilities have found that their projections about the costs of using a variable source of power like wind have often proven more than expected "and as battery and other storage methods become better, wind will prove even more attractive."

"We think we gave TVA a very good offer, but apparently they did not," he said. "We're still getting a lot of interest from other utilities that want to increase their renewable energy and see wind as a good way to achieve that at a reasonable cost."

Skelly said Duke Power and other Southeastern utilities have expressed interest in buying more wind-generated power, but TVA was needed to buy and/or readily transmit the 3,500 megawatts the line was designed to deliver to Memphis.

Well, goll-lee, Mr. Skelly, if these other utilities want to buy your transmission capacity then you don't need TVA at all, right?  Why would you need TVA to buy something that another company wants to buy?  If you have customers, then go ahead and build your project.

Instead, Plains & Eastern is dead.  It's dead because it failed to attract any paying customers.  It failed to attract any paying customers because it was a bad idea that failed.
Skelly said he and his partners have been working on the Clean Line transmission project for more than eight years and have had to battle local landowners who didn't want to sell their land and regulators in Arkansas who balked at permitting the transmission line rights of way to a developer from another state.
"We've been able to overcome those obstacles, but we always knew when we started it wouldn't necessarily be easy or quick," he said. "But we do think it is the right choice in the long run."

The right choice?  Eight years of misery and more than $200M dumped into a bad idea?  Maybe it was only "the right choice" because that $200M and the land along the right of way belonged to other people and not Michael Skelly.

I think Michael Skelly should stop trying to blame everyone else for his own failure.

But there's this:  The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is dead, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press! 
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<![CDATA[Something Suddenly Came Up]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:06:55 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/something-suddenly-came-upAEP seems to think that Mario Harturdo exaggerated the suitability of his Plains and Eastern Clean Line for use in its Wind Catcher project.

Shocker, right?  How could AEP possibly say "no" to Mario Harturdo's shameless groveling and begging for the company to use a worthless, failed transmission idea for their Wind Catcher project?

Just kidding!  I'm sure Mario was kidding, too.  If AEP was smart, it would have offered to buy the Plains and Eastern Clean Line, just to see what was behind Clean Line's ridiculous participation in the Oklahoma Corporation Commission regulatory proceedings for Wind Catcher.  Whoopsie, AEP!  You have to wear the dunce cap!  I mean you didn't really believe Clean Line's testimony, did you?  Have you been smelling your own fake, stilted testimony so long that you no longer recognize the scent?

What fun would it have been to disrupt Clean Line's secret deal with NextEra?  Mario never put THAT in his testimony, did he?

Michael Skelly:  "Ssssorry, NextEra, I'm going to have to cancel our meeting for Saturday night.  Something suddenly came up!"
AEP, big utility on campus, but sadly without a sense of adventure.

What did AEP say about the Plains & Eastern Clean Line in its response to Mario's testimony at the OCC?

It is my understanding based upon public information that Clean Line requested the use of federal powers of eminent domain through an arrangement with the U.S. Department of Energy under Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for the Plains and Eastern project. This request required the development of an Environmental Impact Statement under  the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) within which the specific purpose and need for the project, siting considerations, and specific environmental impacts for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line project were assessed and considered in order to receive final approval through a Record of Decision for the Plains and Eastern project.

Witness Hurtado has not provided any additional insight or discussion in his responses as to what potential additional permitting requirements and schedule risks may be associated with using a portion of right of way for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line project that was originally acquired for a project that was approved under a different purpose and need, under a different regulatory authority, and potentially, with different permitting requirements.


What?  You don't believe in the power of rainbow farts, AEP?  Don't you know that success in the transmission business is 99% wishful thinking and 1% actual effort?  Just look at how successful Clean Line has been dealing in fantasy and make believe for the past 9 years!  What is wrong with you, AEP?  Oh, the missed opportunities!

And when is Clean Line going to tell the OCC and the other parties that it no longer owns the Oklahoma portion of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line and therefore  no longer has any standing to participate in the case?  And when is NextEra going to file its petition to intervene out of time as the new owner of a project that was granted standing?  Or does NextEra think it has inherited a seat at AEP's settlement table?  And why would NextEra even be interested in the Wind Catcher proceedings any longer?  It now has its very own "fully permitted" transmission project that it can use to ship wind from its own wind farms.  Except it doesn't seem to have any load to serve, or any customers.  NextEra can now play the part of Jan Brady, watching AEP flaunt its huge customer base, and dream of cutting it off...
Oh, what heartbreak caused by greed, deceit and envy, where nothing is as it seems and failure is always lurking just around the next corner....
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<![CDATA[Clean Line's Big Top Begins to Fall]]>Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:19:10 GMThttp://stoppathwv.com/stoppath-wv-blog/clean-lines-big-top-begins-to-fallLook out below, everyone!  The Clean Line circus tent is beginning to collapse.  Any clowns remaining in the ring are in grave danger!  Abandon circus, abandon circus!
In the center ring, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line has been butchered and the tastiest cuts have been sold to NextEra Energy for an undisclosed sum.  It remains to be seen what NextEra will cook up with the piece it has purchased or whether there actually is a market for a huge amount of wind energy in eastern Oklahoma.  A NextEra spokesman commented, "...we have more work to do commercially before construction begins...".  Right.  Just like Clean Line, there are no customers.  I hope NextEra's Big Top is a little sturdier (and its pockets a bit deeper) than Clean Line's.

So, Clean Line wants to pretend that because NextEra only bought the Oklahoma portion of the project that the remainder still held by Clean Line will someday become valuable.  That crap isn't even fit for sausage.  There is no value because there are no customers who want to buy at the TVA interconnection.  In fact, it looks like Clean Line's TVA interconnection queue position has been withdrawn.  That means Clean Line no longer wants to inject energy into the TVA region.  Over.  Done.  Maybe NextEra has enough cash to speculate on the Oklahoma portion someday being viable, but even they don't think the portion from the Oklahoma border to Memphis is worth the risk.

And over in the ring to my left, the Rock Island Clean Line has fallen off the trapeze and broken every bone in its body.  The clowns have been pantomiming continuing life support, but the audience knows it's a goner.

Over in the last ring, the Grain Belt Express lies gasping while the clowns are bringing in a string of potential buyers for pieces of its carcass in their cute, little cars.  How many transmission executives can you fit into a garishly-painted VW beetle?  And what portion of GBE does anyone think is viable?

Clean Line Energy's circus is all but over.

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