TRC Companies, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a $12 million contract by Clean Line Energy to provide land acquisition services, survey permissions and overall project management for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is one of the largest clean energy infrastructure projects in the country. It will provide a pathway for 4,000 megawatts of low-cost wind power to be delivered from Oklahoma to the Mid-South and Southeast. The agreement between Clean Line Energy and TRC, which has a major office located in Tulsa, furthers Clean Line’s commitment to working with local suppliers.
“Clean Line Energy’s mission of building modern energy infrastructure closely aligns with our own core values of sustainability, including our commitment to grow our clean energy services year over year,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The 700-mile transmission line will improve the U.S. electric grid, support economic development and job growth, and make safe, reliable and lower-cost power available to consumers.”
TRC will provide program management, acquisition of environmental and cultural survey consents, and acquisition support. It also will be communicating with landowners across the route to educate them about the benefits of the project.
“TRC is a critical partner for us as we look to construct the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. We are pleased that we found a partner with a footprint in Oklahoma to further our land acquisition efforts,” said Michael Skelly, President of Clean Line Energy. “Our commitment to fair and transparent dealings with all landowners will be well-served by the highly experienced staff that TRC brings to the table.”
“We’re thrilled to see the positive economic impact on northeast Oklahoma through this partnership between TRC and the Plains & Eastern Clean Line,” said Mike Neal, President and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “We have long supported the Plains & Eastern Clean Line as a unique opportunity to bring together private investment, proven technology, public benefits and government leadership to meet the growing need for reliable transmission infrastructure.”
Construction is expected to start in 2017 and to be complete and operational in 2020.