The Southeast can benefit from projects built in other regions of the country by importing the low cost electricity into our markets. Currently there are power purchase agreements for over 3000 MW of wind imports into the Southeastern states.
Clean Line Energy Partners, an SEWC board member, develops transmission projects that connect abundant, renewable energy resources to areas that have a high demand for clean, reliable energy. The Plains and Eastern HVDC line will deliver up to 3,500 megawatts of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to Arkansas, Tennessee, and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast. The project represents $2.5 billion in private investment and will create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of direct jobs maintaining and operating infastructure. In addition, the project will provide rural communities with significant increases in tax revenue that can be used to support schools, hospitals, and other community services.
Pattern Energy Group is developing a 2,000-megawatt HVDC line from Texas into the Southeast. The Southern Cross Line will link cost-effective wind energy in Texas with customers in several southeastern states. The project will include HVDC converter stations in Northeast Mississippi and Northwest Louisiana, as well as approximately 400 miles of HVDC transmission lines across those states. While an estimate of jobs the project will create is not available, high voltage work is very specialized which will result in many skilled job opportunities.
Imports into the Southeast
- In 2014, Georgia Power signed a power purchase agreement to bring 250 MW of wind energy into their service territory from Oklahoma wind projects starting in 2016.
- The Tennessee Valley Authority has contracts for over 1500 MW of wind energy: 299 MW from EDPR projects in Iowa, 201 MW from ENEL Green Power projects in Kansas, 300 MW from an Iberdrola project in Illinois, 400 MW from Invenergy projects in Illinois and 315 MW from NextEra projects in Illinois and Kansas.
- Alabama Power has contracts in place to purchase 404 MW of wind energy from projects located in Kansas and Oklahoma. These contracts, put in place in 2011 and 2012, can provide power for up to 100,000 homes.
- The AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) in Louisiana has power purchase agreements for 469 MW of wind energy. These contracts bring wind from several projects in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
- Gulf Power in Florida signed a power purchase agreement to bring wind power into Florida from Oklahoma’s Kingfisher Wind Project. The power purchase agreement for 178 MW was approved by the Florida PSC in May 2015.
- Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has four power purchase for a total 373 MW of wind from projects in Oklahoma and Kansas. All three PPAs have been signed over the last few years: a 2012 agreement to purchase 51 MW from the Flat Ridge 2 South Wind Farm in Kansas, a 2013 agreement to purchase 150 MW from the Origin Wind Farm in Oklahoma, a 2015 agreement to purchase 108 MW from the Drift Sand Wind Farm in Oklahoma, and an agreement to purchase 64 MW from the Chisholm 2 Farm in Oklahoma scheduled to come online in late 2017.
- Appalachian Power currently imports 375 MW of power from projects within PJM's footprint. They also have a contract in place to purchase 120 MW of power from a wind farm in Indiana begining in 2018.