Renewable energy provides Americans with jobs, clean air, and energy security. However, the continued growth of this burgeoning industry depends upon the expansion of the U.S. electric transmission grid. Americans increasingly recognize the benefits of using renewable energy and are now demanding that we capitalize on the opportunities made possible by a clean energy economy. While the United States has some of the best renewable resources in the world, they are predominantly located in remote areas. The challenge lies in transporting the energy generated from these resources to communities that need the power—a challenge Clean Line Energy is working to solve.
An effective transmission solution requires the appropriate technology and the right project. The Centennial West Clean Line will deliver 3,500 megawatts of the best renewable energy from New Mexico and Arizona to communities in California and other areas in the west that have a strong demand for clean, reliable energy. The clean energy will be transported via an approximately 900-mile overhead, high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) line. Due to its low electricity losses and smaller footprint, HVDC transmission is the most efficient and cost effective technology to move large amounts of electricity over long distances.