Transmission and Teamwork

It’s one thing to talk about the importance of building clean energy transmission to meet the needs of local communities. It’s quite another to put those words into action. This year, the Center for Rural Affairs is doing just that.

We’ve teamed up with grassroots organizations throughout the Upper Midwest to better understand how to enable a new generation of wind projects in a way that works best for you. It’s our job to sit down with community members, work to understand their needs, and help answer their questions.

Where should the line be located? Which portions of your property are off-limits? What do you expect from your local utility? How can we help you participate in the process? These questions, and more, are being asked and answered at a dizzying pace as we help slow down the approval process and give landowners the attention they deserve.

As we begin to field these questions, we’ve picked up some help along the way.

In the Dakotas we’re joining forces with Dakota Rural Action and the Dakota Resource Council. These two groups are well respected throughout the region. They have the grassroots credibility needed to let landowners know we’re on their side. They are helping us out with two projects: Big Stone South to Brookings and Big Stone South to Ellendale.

In Iowa we’re partnering with the Iowa Environmental Council, a group that has done great work on transmission issues in the past. They have a track record of capably bringing important conservation and wildlife concerns to the table. We’re focusing on two projects in Iowa: Rock Island Clean Line and the Minnesota-Iowa MVP Project.

In Minnesota we’re teaming with Clean Up Our River Environment, a grassroots community group that has a sterling reputation for helping communities make their voices heard. Our Minnesota work covers that state’s portion of the Minnesota-Iowa MVP Project.

Want to learn more about the projects we’re working on? Visit our Map of Clean Energy Transmission Projects and send your questions our way.