Clean Energy

Clean energy offers a significant opportunity to diversify the rural economy, create new opportunity and address the root cause of climate change.

Wind energy and other renewable energy will revitilize rural communities rich in energy resources. When the Nebraska legislature held a hearing on wind development, one group of citizens drove 400 miles to testify that for the first time in memory, there was renewed hope for the future of their community. The economics are clear.

To maxmise the impact, there is a critical need for new and upgraded transmission capacity to unlock the renewable energy potential found in rural America. Both our economy and our future depend on moving power from the remote regions of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest to the demand centers that need it most.

Our goal is to better assist landowners and other rural stakeholders to ensure that clean energy transmission is built in an equitable, sustainable way - a way that works best for rural citizens and their communities. Those affected by new transmission will benefit from forming real partnerships with developers and those in the regulatory sphere, relationships that result in greater engagement in planning, new responsiveness to concerns and more equitable compensation models.

See our clean energy transmission database here. Learn about our work to replace coal fired energy with renewables (it's an infograph!)

Clean Energy Notes

 

Giving Landowners the Power in Assembling Transmission Corridors

To implement renewable energy resources in a meaningful way, new high-voltage transmission lines are needed. The development of new transmission lines will allow our nation’s most ample sustainable resources, such as wind and solar, to replace dirty and imported alternatives. Some engineers estimate that seven billion dollars of transmission investment is required over the next 17 years to properly implement such renewable energy generation.

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Good Wind Development Requires Community Outreach

When you think about new wind energy development, what comes to mind? Do you think about local schools, police, and fire departments benefiting from property taxes? Perhaps you count the number of new jobs on the horizon. Or the payments landowners will receive for hosting turbines on their land.

It’s true that renewable energy can help grow rural economies. Yet the biggest question most people have is this: “How will this project impact me and my home town?”

Transmission Essential to Connect Renewables

After three rounds of public meetings, an interstate transmission project is seeking final approval in Illinois.
 
Earlier this month, Clean Line Energy partners filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) for a certificate of public need and convenience for their Grain Belt Express transmission project. The proposed project is one of several transmission lines that has the potential to connect wind energy generated in the Midwest to eastern markets.