The Association of Tennessee Valley Governments has urged the Tennessee Regulatory Authority to "...exercise caution as it considers the application of Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to operate as a public utility with powers of eminent domain within the State of Tennessee..."
One more strike against Clean Line, and this time it's coming from seven states that Clean Line has targeted as potential customers for its Plains & Eastern Clean Line.
On August 1, the ATVG made the following resolution, to be forwarded to the United States Department of Energy, the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, the Tennessee Congressional delegation, the Governor of Tennessee, and the TVA Board of Directors:
Whereas, the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments (ATVG) represents local governments within more than 200 Tennessee Valley River Region Counties which closely monitor issues associated with the
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); and
Whereas, TVA's mission focuses on providing low cost, reliable electricity, environmental stewardship and economic development to the people of the Tennessee Valley; and
Whereas, the TVA Act of 1933 mandates that TVA provide power to its customers at the lowest feasible cost; and
Whereas, TVA is currently evaluating a proposal to purchase a large amount of wind generated electrical power from the Oklahoma panhandle from Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC, and transport It 700 miles using a single high voltage direct current transmission line that will bypass the existing network of power
lines to Memphis, Tennessee; and
Whereas, such a partnership between Clean Line and TVA would likely transport wealth outside the Tennessee Valley to the detriment of the nine million residents of the Valley; and
Whereas, TVA has stated that electricity demand in the Tennessee Valley is not expected to return to 2007 levels until 2020; and
Whereas, the nation's power grid is a complex, interconnected network of generating plants,
transmission lines and distribution facilities; and
Whereas, bypassing the grid to purchase electricity from such a long distance away increases security threats by providing additional exposure for natural or malicious events due to the extreme distance between generation and point of use without needed network redundancy; and
Whereas, wind is an intermittent power source that lacks the dispatch capability of other resources and does not eliminate the need for base load or dispatchable power plants like other more dependable resources such as nuclear, natural gas, coal and hydropower; and
Whereas, the number of property parcels and property owners that may be negatively affected by eminent domain as a result of the construction of this proposed 700 mile transition line is unknown;
BE IT RESOLVED by the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments (ATVG), that we strongly encourage the Tennessee Regulatory Authority to exercise caution as it considers the application of Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC, for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to operate as a
public utility with powers of eminent domain within the State of Tennessee until it is proven that its proposal meets TVA's obligation to provide reliable power to its customers at the lowest feasible cost.
Bravo, ATVG! And congratulations to the thousands of hard working grassroots activists across the midwest who remain resolute on their path to victory!