Arkansas, Oklahoma Governors Discuss Wind Energy Project

Oct 3, 2016

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at Monday's conference of the Interstate Oil Gas Compact Commission.
Credit David Monteith / KUAR News

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson agree that energy policy needs to be included in the national political debate. But they disagree on a controversial transmission line project that would move wind energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to western Tennessee.

Fallin is the 2016 chairman of the Interstate Oil Gas Compact Commission. Hutchinson will become chairman next year. Both governors spoke Monday at the group's annual conference.

Fallin says she supports the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project designed to move up to 4,000 megawatts of wind energy.

The state's congressional delegation is against the project because its members say Arkansans will not receive much power or benefit from the transmission line.

Hutchinson says the project is a federal regulatory issue and declined to take a position.