LITTLE ROCK — GE will collaborate with Clean Line Energy Partners on a planned transmission line to convey wind energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to Arkansas and Tennessee, the companies said Tuesday.


In a news release, GE Energy Connections and Clean Line said they will partner on what will be the first overhead high-voltage, direct-current project in the U.S. in more than 20 years. GE has been selected as the exclusive provider of HVDC converter stations for the planned transmission line.


In March, the U.S. Department of Energy agreed to participate in the development of the 720-mile Plains & Eastern Clean Line. Construction of the project is expected to begin in the second half of 2017.


The project is opposed by all of the members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation and by some landowners who have raised concerns about the potential use of eminent domain to seize private property for the transmission line. Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners has said it will use eminent domain only as a last resort.