Clean Line Energy Partners, a Texas company planning a $3.5 billion transmission line project has applied to become a public utility in Oklahoma.

The application by Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma, which is an affiliate of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is only the second of its kind ever attempted, commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday. The company filed a similar application with the Arkansas Public Service Commission in May. Clean Line Energy Partners said the filings are a key part of the development of a project that will include about 800 miles of overhead, high-voltage, direct current transmission lines running from the Oklahoma Panhandle through Arkansas to Tennessee. The lines would be capable of transmitting up to 7,000 megawatts of electricity.  The goal of the Oklahoma project, which could take five to seven years to complete, is to take advantage of abundant wind energy potential in Oklahoma, said Clean Line President Michael Skelly. Read More About Clean Line Energy