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In building grid of the future, a battle for power

james osborne | houston chronicle | 25 november 2016 

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If all goes according to plan, construction will begin next year on one of the longest power transmission projects in the nation's history, a 700-mile line connecting wind farms around the Oklahoma panhandle with Atlanta and other cities in the Southeast.

But getting to this point has taken the Houston developer Clean Line Energy Partners more than seven years. The $2.5 billion project has been blocked by public utility commissioners in Arkansas and attacked by Senate Republicans, who tried, unsuccessfully, to delay the project. Ultimately, it required Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to invoke a decade-old law giving the federal government final authority over interstate transmission to push the project ahead.

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Commenting on the subject, Walter Rojowsky said: "The grid used to be the domain of the utilities exclusively.  But now you have customers generating solar energy on their roofs and third parties and aggregators, who have 20,000 solar panels and 30,000 smart thermostats under their control."

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