Map of the study corridor for the project. Detailed maps for Iowa and Illinois can be found here.
This line is intended to deliver 3,500 megawatts of renewable energy from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota to Illinois and other eastern states that have a high demand for reliable and affordable clean energy.
Rock Island is unique in that the line will be paid for by renewable energy operators and utilities who buy capacity--it will be paid for in much the same way as a toll road. Clean Line is able to go forward with this approach by employing HVDC technology, opposed to the AC technology typically used. HVDC is high efficiency, limiting load loss and minimizing the amount of space required for transmission infrastructure by using smaller towers that require a narrow right-of-way.
The line will begin in north central O'Brien County, Iowa and end in at a Commonwealth Edison substation in Grundy County, Illinois, where it will connect to the PJM Interconnection. This includes 8.9 miles through Rock Island County, starting at the Mississippi River south of Cordova; 8 miles in Whiteside County between Hillsdale and Erie; and 14.5 miles through Henry County north of Hooppole. Portions of the preferred route will parallel Highway 52 through La Salle County. The alternate route includes a 18.1 mile segment through Henry County.
Alternative route corridors were identified for the Illinois portion of the line in late 2011. Meetings have been held with affected landowners along the proposed routes. Those in nearby communities are encouraged to comment. Though the original plan was to find a route along the preexisting Rock Island Railroad, impediments have forced Clean Line to consider other nearby options.
Clean Line Energy has spent almost three years developing a preferred route, which was submitted to the Illinois Commerce Commission in October of 2012. The Iowa route will be submitted for approval in 2013.
Between 2010 and 2013, Clean Line is reaching out to landowners and communities within the proposed study corridor. During this time they are also seeking regulatory approval, permitting, and siting the route. They will also begin land acquisition once a route has been approved.
Clean Line applied to the Illinois Commerce Commission during autumn of 2012 for public utility status and approval to construct. This application will also include a primary and alternate route. Clean Line will not seek eminent domain at this time. A similar application will be filed in Iowa during 2013.
Clean Line will then secure customers and finalize land acquisition between 2013 and 2014, and Clean Line will file a petition for a franchise from the Utilities Board in 2014, likely prior to June.
Clean Line will seek an electric transmission franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board, as well as both status as a public utility and a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Illinois Commerce Commission.
The regulatory process begins by determining a study area. This is followed by the development of study corridors and an analysis of river crossings. Study corridors are typically three to ten miles wide. From there the proposed area is then narrowed further to establish a route corridor, which is typically only one half a mile wide. The final route will be no wider than 200 feet.
The next step is to host informational meetings with the Iowa Utilities Board and the Illinois Commerce Commission. From there Clean Line will submit a chosen route to the relevant agency for approval.
In November of 2011 Clean Line filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking permission to sell capacity at negotiated rates. In this application Clean Line sought a preference for renewable energy generation in the open season process, allowing the company to consider this criteria when evaluating potential customers. Because this is an interstate power line, FERC will oversee the rates charged and ensure that the line is operated on a non-discriminatory basis. Approval will allow Clean Line to negotiate rates with those who wish to use the Rock Island line to transport power and to pre-subscribe 75% of planned capacity.
As of May 22 2012, FERC conditionally authorized Rock Island to charge negotiated rates for transmission rights on the Project and grants in part and denies in part Rock Island’s request for waiver. As a result, Clean Line is now allowed to sell up to 75% of line capacity to anchor tenant customers though the company is not allowed to give preferential treatment to generators of renewable energy. In effect, this move provides assurance to potential lenders that future revenue will adequately allow for repayment of any financing. The remaining capacity will be available to other customers through the "open season" bid process.
In October 2012 Clean Line formally asked the Illinois Commerce Commission for public utility status and approval to construct. Included are both a preferred and alternate route; the planned route covers 120 miles in Illinois. The ICC will make their decision within an 18 month period. This application does not request permission to use eminent domain. In early November 2014, Clean Line filed with the Iowa Utilities Board for the right to build the Rock Island line.
Additional permits will also be needed from other federal, state, and local government bodies.
To date, approval has not been granted by the Iowa Utilities Board, but the Illinois Commerce Commission provided conditional approval for the project in November 2014. In December 2016, Clean Line withdrew its application from the IUB as they awaited a legal decision on Rock Island's approval in Illinois.
Clean Line is making a significant effort to engage with and receive feedback from landowners and community leaders who could potentially be impacted by the new transmission line. As of May 2012 Clean Line has conducted more than 600 one-on-one meetings with stakeholders, hosted 33 open-house meetings in which over 40,000 landowners were invited to submit feedback and held a number of additional meetings throughout Illinois to introduce this project to local businesses and contractors. Many of these go far beyond the scope of what is legally required, such as speaking at economic development events and holding sessions with numerous local government officials.
They are also embarking on a public information campaign designed to highlight the project's benefits. For example, Clean Line estimates that this line will reduce electricity costs in Illinois by $320 million over the first year. Clean Line also plans to invest over $600 million in Illinois during construction; most of this will go to workers to build the line and manufacturers to produce the materials necessary for project completion.
Nonetheless, some landowners remain concerned about potential negative effects from the line. This opposition is most palpable throughout eastern Illinois, in Bureau and La Salle counties. Much of this concern revolves around Clean Line requesting utility status in Illinois, which would theoretically allow them to use eminent domain for this project. Clean Line is a private company, not public, leading some residents to wonder why they'd qualify for eminent domain status in the first place. Clean Line has since pledged to avoid eminent domain if at all possible.
Landowners express concern over how their property values will be impacted, the agricultural impact of the line, sensitive natural areas, and the idea that wind energy will be transported east instead of used in the regions that provide it. Others are upset that this project will take agricultural land out of production, or interfere with crop dusting techniques and center pivot irrigation--possibly decreasing yields. The Illinois Farm Bureau formally opposes the project for these reasons. However, though 3,000 acres of easements in Illinois will be purchased, the total amount of land that will be taken out of production is only 12 acres. This is because Clean Line intends to use monopole structures, allowing farmers to easily work around them. There are also concerns that the benefit of the line does not justify the cost, and that the benefits will not be localized.
Clean Line has taken significant steps to address these concerns by working closely with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. This work has led to an ag mitigation plan for the project. The ag mitigation plan will ensure that the line avoids interference with pivot irrigation, runs along fields as much as possible - opposed to through fields - and ensures that farmers will be able to farm the vast majority of land taken up by the easement.
The fact that the high voltage direct current (HVDC) line will not be able to add any additional "on-ramps" or "off-ramps" brings disappointment to smaller wind turbine developers and owners who would have hoped to connect their projects to the Rock Island Clean Line.
Other landowners express concern based on their past experiences with utilities developing projects throughout their communities. For instance, in La Salle and Bureau counties, landowners remember previous energy developments that resulted in heavy construction and damage to local roads and farms. This has led the La Salle County Board to send a resolution to the Illinois Commerce Commission requesting an independent study analyzing the impact high-voltage power lines can have on a rural community. A local school board that is in the project area stated opposition to the project, citing concerns over a potential drop in property values and the possibility of Clean Line using eminent domain. There have also been questions raised about the easement agreements offered by Clean Line, calling them too vague in some areas while being too specific in others.
Some of these landowners, along with other community members, have organized into opposition groups. One example is Block RICL, an Illinois group opposed to the project.
Many counties stand to benefit financially, and this may make a difference with respect to public perception of the project. Each Iowa county will receive $7,000 per mile of line per year. Counties under consideration include O'Brien, Cherokee, Clay, Buena Vista, Hancock, Franklin, Webster, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Palo Alto, Kossuth, Wright, Hamilton, Hardin and Marshall in Iowa. Clean Line is now working with Illinois counties to institute a similar policy. This money will be not only be used by the county, but also distributed to individually impacted townships.
Also impacting the local economy will be the payments made to landowners in exchange for easements. Each landowner will be paid between $150,000 to $200,000 per mile of land impacted. This is true despite the fact that the structure occupies only one percent of the entire parcel covered by the easement. The rest will be available for crop production. In an effort toward fair compensation, Clean Line is offering up to 100% in excess of current land prices.
Clean Line is attempting to use local supplies, contractors, service providers and labor wherever possible. Over 1,400 construction jobs will be made available in Illinois during the three year project period. Over 1,450 jobs will be created in Illinois as a result of an agreement with a local company to supply the overhead transmission cable for this project. The company has hosted open house meetings, along with Kiewit, in order to allow local businesses a chance to play a role in this project. Specifically, Clean Line is looking for concrete suppliers, construction equipment rental firms, and contractors for clearing brush and cleaning corridors, surveying, flagging, trucking, grading, storm drainage, catering, restaurants, and hotel operators. Click here to view more.
The Iowa Utilities Board and Clean Line held several information hearings in late August of 2013, to discuss the preferred route and present landowners with their legal rights in relation to the project. Some in attendance were concerned that they were not receiving all the facts about the project, and about various issues ranging from health effects of such projects and the effect of the line on irrigation. Clean Line also handed out landowner compensation information, estimating landowners would receive a $6,000 lump sum for a monopole or lattice structure, with the average landowner estimated to receive a total of $82,000 from the lump sum payments. Landowners also have the option of receiving annual payments of about $500. Four-legged structures would warrant of lump sum of $18,000, or annual payments of $1,500. More meetings were held in September and October of 2013 in Illinois, with the Illinois Commerce Commission gathering public feedback on the project before approving or denying Clean Line's application for public utility status in the state. The IUB and Clean Line will hold a second round of hearings in Iowa in November and December of 2013, focusing on central and eastern Iowa. In Iowa, Clean Line must complete these hearings in order to legally begin negotiations with affected landowners.
At a local town hall with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) several Iowa residents brought up the project, asking if he was familiar with the project. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and his Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds had a similar experience, with Governor Branstad vowing that the voices of Iowans would be heard when it came to the project. Several legislators noted that the process should be in the hands of the Iowa Utilities Board. The board of supervisors for Palo Alto, IA voted to withdraw their support for the project in late August, preferring to remain neutral on the line given the issues raised by landowners over the project. In an October meeting, the board of supervisors for Clay County, IA made the same move, removing support and choosing to become neutral in relation to the project. Opponents of the project have asked other county boards to also withdraw their support for the project.
Landowners in O'Brien county, IA are seeking to combine their efforts to bargain with Clean Line on easements, seeking to get the best outcome for landowners. Clean Line has also agreed to offer different payment methods for easements, providing landowners with the choice to take the traditional one time payment, or to receive annual payments similar to the ones that wind farm developers offer. In addition, Clean Line is including a cost of living increase for easement agreements.
The Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance--a group opposed to the line--has voiced concern over the Rock Island project because of the potential of Clean Line to use eminent domain, and also claim that the project is unnecessary. Alternatively, Craig Lang of the Windward Iowa has written in support of the project, citing the benefits to wind energy development in the state.
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation reaffirmed their support for the line in mid-September 2013, citing that the project is needed to improve infrastructure that supports wind energy development. An Iowa coalition that supports increased wind energy development in the state. The group--Windward Iowa--also supports increased transmission development as an essential part of new renewable development. The president of the Illinois Farm Bureau authored a letter asking for a more considerate and balanced approach when transmission developers interact with agricultural operations. At a September meeting, he also stated that their opposition to the line arises from uncertainty about the lines need, the use of lattice structures, the possibility of Clean Line receiving public utility status, and that the line doesn't follow road corridors.
A conflict with a wind farm currently under construction in O'Brien County, IA required Clean Line to review their proposed route that had been submitted to the IUB in July 2013. After submitting changes to their original route in O'Brien County, Clean Line held additional land owner meetings in December 2013 to inform landowners.
In January 2014, several Iowa state lawmakers proposed changes to Iowa's eminent domain laws, focused on removing the ability of private developers to use eminent domain and to require utilities developing transmission in the state to provide a significant portion of the transmitted energy to Iowans.
A proposed amendment currently in committee in the Iowa statehouse would change requirements for transmission projects in the state of Iowa. The amendment would require that if the line is opposed by 5% of affected landowners the developer of the project must submit a second alternate route to the IUB. The IUB would also have to evaluate the need for the line and the impact it would have on the public as well. The legislation would also require that if at least 250 residents from counties the project would run through sign a petition opposing the line, the IUB would give each of them time equal to the developer in hearings. One lawmaker also criticized the project for wanting to apply for eminent domain powers, saying that such powers should not be granted to a private, out-of-state entity.
In June 2014, Clean Line plans to hold several public meetings in Iowa that they are calling 'office hour meetings'. The public is invited to attend these meetings and talk to Clean Line about the project, as well as share their concerns. The meetings will cover three weeks in June, and will be held from 12 pm to 6 pm in several communities across Iowa. In February 2015, the Illinois Landowners Alliance has filed an appeal to overturn the ICCs approval of the project, claiming their decision would harm property rights and the livelihoods of landowners.
Clean Energy Potential:
This project has the potential to carry 3,500 megawatts of renewable energy, and will likely make possible more than 4,000 megawatts of new renewable energy projects which otherwise could not be developed due to limitations of the existing electric transmission grid. Clean Line estimates that up to 2,000 wind turbines will be needed to meet expected capacity, and that the project will create 5,000 construction and 500 permanent jobs. Each will be located within a 100 mile radius of Center Township in O'Brien County, Iowa. In total, $7 billion of new wind energy projects will be enabled by this project. The Economic Development director of O'Brien County sees the project as the first in what could be multiple projects relating to renewable energy that could spring up in the county. Morris Community High School District 101 in Grundy County, Illinois would receive $1.775 million from Clean Line for a substation that would be placed in the county.
Clean Line points out that 4,000 megawatts is 40% of the wind energy that was installed throughout the country in 2009 alone, which was an all-time record for the wind industry.
A recent study by Illinois State University found that wind energy in Illinois supports local economies by generating $22.2 million in annual property taxes, and supports nearly 600 permanent jobs and over 1,300 construction jobs. Rural leaders, such as the mayor of Marcus, Iowa; are expecting much of this stimulus to impact the economy of the area.
A manufacturer located in South Sioux City, NE could see up to $20 million from the project, as they are contracted to construct some of the towers that will be used in the construction of the Rock Island project. The plant currently has about 450 employees, with 250 jobs being created at the plant due to the project. The economic benefit could extend further into Iowa and neighboring states, as a steel plant in Norfolk, NE could provide materials for the towers.
The project sparked interest in one group to propose a 1 gigawatt, 500 turbine community wind project in South Dakota. According to Dakota Power Community Wind, a project of this size could bring 70 permanent jobs and create over 1,000 construction jobs, along with direct investment in local economies.
Ill. Supreme Court ruling stalls transmission line project September 23, 2017
Supreme Court concurs: RICL not a public utility September 22, 2017
Setbacks Continue For Proposed Wind Power Line September 22, 2017
High court deals another blow to Clean Line project September 22, 2017
Supreme Court ruling leaves wind-power line up in the air September 21, 2017
Anti-RICL advocates cautiously celebrate temporary victory January 4, 2017
Rock Island Clean Line Opponents Hope Battle Is Over January 3, 2017
Taking a Clean break January 3, 2017
Rock Island Clean Line withdraws board petition January 3, 2017
Rock Island Clean Line appeals 3rd Appellate Court decision December 8, 2016
State high court will hear Clean Line appeal November 29, 2016
Supreme Court to review Rock Island Clean Line proposal November 23, 2016
Future of major transmission lines hinges on courts October 1, 2016
Clean Line Takes Illinois Wind Transmission Project Dismissal To Court September 19, 2016
Clean Line files appeal September 19, 2016
Clean Line project battle lines drawn September 16, 2016
RI Clean Line appeals court's ruling September 14, 2016
Clean Line files appeal with state high court September 14, 2016
Rock Island Clean Line plans appeal September 13, 2016
Apellate Court Rules Against New Power Line September 9, 2016
Clean Line planning appeal September 2, 2016
Clean Line will appeal court's permitting reversal September 2, 2016
Wind Energy Electric Line Project Faces Uncertain Future August 29, 2016
Court of Appeals sides with Farm Bureau in RICL case August 17, 2016
Appellate court deals Rock Island Clean Line a blow August 11, 2016
Ernst: 'I'm starting to make them squeal' May 5, 2016
Wind Power Wiggles Through Midwest Transmission Roadblocks April 11, 2016
Bill targeting Rock Island Clean Line clears House April 5, 2016
Iowa bill would kill idle energy line projects March 23, 2016
Rock Island Clean Line Dealt Procedural Setback January 13, 2016
Ruling is another setback to proposed Iowa wind energy line January 12, 2016
Rock Island to kick-start DC Power Line Project December 28, 2015
Wind energy line sought again in Iowa December 4, 2015
Clay County considered for wind farm project December 2, 2015
Wind Energy Transmission Line Application On Hold November 23, 2015
Wind Power Needs its Own Railroads August 24, 2015
Wind Energy Is Having A Railroad Moment August 21, 2015
Wind Energy Blowing Strong in Iowa, But Room to Grow July 16, 2015
Group Leader Weighs In On Eminent Domain June 10, 2015
Which bills passed and died in 2015 Iowa Legislature June 9, 2015
Alliance Lobbying For Eminent Domain Limits May 8, 2015
Bills in Iowa Senate to Combat Eminent Domain May 1, 2015
Iowa bills place hurdles for Bakken pipeline, powerline April 28, 2015
Eminent domain changes clear Iowa House, Senate panels April 28, 2015
Power Plays: Landowner Rights vs. Eminent Domain April 23, 2015
Pair of eminent domain bills approved April 1, 2015
Why eminent domain application is misconstrued March 30, 2015
Iowa House committee approves pair of eminent domain bills March 25, 2015
Iowa House panel votes to tighten eminent domain laws March 25, 2015
Pair of eminent domain bills approved by House committee March 25, 2015
In shakeup, Iowa governor taps new chair for utilities board March 11, 2015
Farmers on both sides of eminent domain debate February 25, 2015
Local organization reacts to IUB ruling February 25, 2015
Appeals filed against Rock Island Clean Line proposal February 23, 2015
Proposed Q-C area electricity line faces controversy, legal battle February 23, 2015
Landowners group appeals ICC approval of Clean Line project February 23, 2015
Groups appeal decision on Clean Line February 22, 2015
Clean Line loses eminent domain hearing decision February 19, 2015
RICL's legal status challenged in appeals court February 19, 2015
Branstad to Legislature: Stay off Utilities Board turf January 8, 2015
Foes of energy lines seek lawmaker's help January 3, 2015
RICL receives Illinois certification December 12, 2014
Proposed wind-energy transmission line jolts some farmers December 10, 2014
Illinois approval shifts Rock Island Clean Line debate to Iowa December 4, 2014
Illinois OKs part of Clean Line project December 3, 2014
Concerns Over Wind Power Lines December 3, 2014
Clean Line wins Illinois Commerce Commission support December 1, 2014
ISU economist says South Dakota to see benefit of Rock Island Clean Line November 26, 2014
Illinois panel OK’s electricity line proposal November 26, 2014
Illinois Approves Rock Island Clean Line November 26, 2014
Grundy County Board approves tax abatement for wind energy project November 26, 2014
Iowa farmers question proposed wind electricity transmission line November 23, 2014
Clean Line pursues key approvals for transmission projects November 13, 2014
Power line offers bigger benefits than pipeline November 13, 2014
Jobs, impacts loom large as issues in area counties November 13, 2014
500-Mile Transmission Line Proposed for Iowa November 12, 2014
County board approves tax abatement for wind energy project November 11, 2014
Clean Line proposes 500-mile, $2B transmission project November 10, 2014
Utility line opponents gear up for Iowa Utilities Board battle November 7, 2014
Rock Island Clean Line seeks OK to build transmission line November 6, 2014
Rock Island Clean Line clears first hurdle October 8, 2014
Building wind power superhighways October 5, 2014
Saratoga schools agree to terms on energy line project September 17, 2014
Investments in clean energy pay off September 15, 2014
Wind Project Raises Over A Million Dollars September 10, 2014
Lincoln County wind farm brings in $1M, nears research September 9, 2014
Rock Island aiming for IUB Franchise Request September 3, 2014
Wind Power as Cash Crop: Iowa Seeks a Line on Further Growth August 20, 2014
Clean Line Energy transmission project works to acquire land August 18, 2014
Rock Island Clean Line plans IUB filing August 7, 2014
Public pushes Grundy to wait for ICC decision July 18, 2014
Public meeting to be held on Clean Line project July 16, 2014
Morris school board talks Clean Line project July 15, 2014
Proposed Power Line Would Leave Imprint On Eastern Iowa July 13, 2014
Farmers object wind energy project to County Board July 9, 2014
Power line project moving ahead slowly July 3, 2014
Dakota Power Wind Group Meets In Yankton June 20, 2014
Rock Island Clean Line Project Moving Forward June 19, 2014
Proposed wind farm faces group opposition June 18, 2014
Clean Line Energy meets with locals May 25, 2014
Iowa: Don't turn our back on wind May 22, 2014
Objections to power line build May 8, 2014
Clean Line project is good investment for Iowa May 4, 2014
Iowa lawmaker criticizes Clean Line project April 17, 2014
Dakota Power installs test wind tower April 10, 2014
Energy export April 6, 2014
Let's slow down on RICL March 30, 2014
PRIA's mission: Stop RICL March 29, 2014
Lt. Gov. attends first Eggs & Issues March 17, 2014
Historic Midwest electric grid expansion under way March 14, 2014
Lincoln County wind project moves into research phase March 5, 2014
Wind Brings Carbon-Free Economic Boom To NW Iowa March 4, 2014
Wind energy boom blows into northwest Iowa county March 02, 2014
Rock Island Clean Line Construction Simulation February 28, 2014
Clean Line/Sabre announce manufacturing pact February 24, 2014
New coalition Windward Iowa to advocate for more wind projects February 24, 2014
Clean Line project faces legislative roadblock February 19, 2014
Landowners on Clean Line Route Eye Legislative Bill February 18, 2014
Clean Line would carry wind power across Iowa February 18, 2014
Development Group Targets Lincoln County SD With Major Wind Farm February 17, 2014
Sabre Industries Joins Rock Island Clean Line Energy Project February 17, 2014
Discussion varied at second Eggs & Issues February 17, 2014
Southeast South Dakota wind farm project advances February 15, 2014
Drainage impact needs addressed February 13, 2014
Sioux City plant set to make towers for transmission line February 12, 2014
Research phase to begin for Dakota Power Community Wind February 10, 2014
Clean Line route landowners mull options February 7, 2014
Meeting set for landowners affected by new power line February 2, 2014
Group still fighting against high-voltage transmission line January 21, 2014
'Stop RICL' group speaks in Everly January 9, 2014
Clean Line Energy makes future plans in O'Brien County, Iowa December 29, 2013
Rock Island HVDC Power Line route to change December 26, 2013
RI Clean Line responds December 22, 2013
Cedar County residents, landowners question Clean Line's plan December 5, 2013
Scott County Residents Don't Want Clean Line December 5, 2013
Learning More About the Rock Island Clean Line December 5, 2013
Local school board sees no benefits from proposed Clean Line December 5, 2013
Rock Island Clean Line promotes $2-billion power proposal December 5, 2013
Transmission line plan raises many questions in Tipton December 4, 2013
Clean Line information meetings scheduled December 3, 2013
High voltage controversy November 29, 2013
Meetings on Clean Line raise persistent questions November 25, 2013
Interstate power line needs your feedback November 24, 2013
Crowds grow at Clean Line public meetings November 20, 2013
Property owners sound off on Clean Line plan November 20, 2013
Details on transmission line aired out November 19, 2013
Proposed Power Line Project Sparks Controversy in Northeast Iowa November 19, 2013
Property owners trying to stop proposed transmission line across Iowa November 17, 2013
Fight brews over power line project November 17, 2013
Opponents of utility line project confident of success Novemeber 6, 2013
Opposition dominates second forum about RICL issue October 29, 2013
Sparse crowd at second utility lines forum October 28, 2013
Rural neighbors split on wind energy lines October 26, 2013
Landowners Get Paid for Wind Turbines, How About Transmission Lines? October 25, 2013
Farmers carry mixed feelings over wind energy transmission line October 21, 2013
ICC to hold hearing October 16, 2013
ICC schedules continuance of Mendota power line public forum October 15, 2013
Second ICC forum planned in Mendota October 15, 2013
County changes position on RICL October 3, 2013
Proposed energy transmission lines transmit energy, opposition September 29, 2013
Aerial pesticide application and high voltage power lines September 26, 2013
A long line of opposition to Clean Line September 24, 2013
Corridor supports Clean Line Energy Transmission Project September 21, 2013
Power line forum draws standing room-only crowd September 19, 2013
Opponents gearing up for RICL forum in Morris, Illinois September 17, 2013
RICL public forum September 16, 2013
Clean Line seeks long-term shippers for transmission revenue September 13, 2013
Public meeting set in regard to high voltage power lines September 10, 2013
Exploiting and exporting Iowa's excess wind energy September 5, 2013
RICL opponents ask supervisors to rescind support September 5, 2013
Supervisors Withdraw Support August 29, 2013
Gov. & Lt. Gov. visit Pocahontas, talk Rock Island and roads August 29, 2013
Grassley meets with Spencer area constituents August 29, 2013
Meeting Explains Specifics On Proposed Transmission Line Project August 27, 2013
Clean Line Energy conducts public forum August 22, 2013
O'Brien County Becoming A Major Player In The Wind Energy Game August 20, 2013
Clay County, IA wind energy plan draws ire of some residents August 20, 2013
High voltage transmission lines and health concerns August 19, 2013
Rock Island Clean Line to host public forum Tuesday August 17, 2013
Meetings set for O'Brien County wind projects August 12, 2013
Ambitious Developer Plans 1 GW Community Wind Farm in S.D. August 8, 2013
Consider reality of energy needs July 27, 2013
Farm Bureau President Expresses Concerns July 19, 2013
1 GW proposed in South Dakota July 18, 2013
Group suggests 1 GW wind farm in South Dakota July 18, 2013
Group Wants To Build 500 Wind Turbines In SD July 16, 2013
Block RICL growing in numbers May 1, 2013
Cantlin: RICL fight is 'David and Goliath' May 2, 2013
High-voltage-line protestors plan meeting Tuesday April 29, 2013
Rock Island Clean Line meeting draws a crowd, concerns November 15, 2012
Farm group, Texas financier part of RICL cast November 15, 2012
Farm Bureau against Clean Line power project November 5, 2012
Farm Bureau objects to Clean Line October 26, 2012
Rezin opposes Rock Island Clean Line project October 13, 2012
Locals react to RICL plan October 12, 2012
Clean Line Illinois route October 10, 2012
Rock Island Clean Line will cut electricity bills, developer says October 10, 2012
The other side of the RICL story September 28, 2012
Getting a line on the RICL story September 26, 2012
Clean Line Energy project draws criticism from those in the middle September 23, 2012
An electric situation September 14, 2012
County board member opposes transmission line route September 13, 2012
La Salle County passes Clean Line resolution September 11, 2012
Rock Island Clean Line September 10, 2012
Clean Line representatives respond to critics September 10, 2012
County committee cautious about 'clean power line' September 7, 2012
County board to review high-voltage powerline September 6, 2012
Landowners speak up September 5, 2012
Protest: ‘Block RICL’ September 5, 2012
Boosters promote wind energy power lines September 3, 2012
Q-C businesses tapped for transmission project August 31, 2012
Hundreds gather to oppose power line August 30, 2012
High voltage transmission line in the works August 29, 2012
Contractors sought for 500-mile power line August 29, 2012
Energy project to blow billions of dollars into Siouxland August 27, 2012
Rock Island Clean Line looking for local businesses August 24, 2012
Clean Line Energy to hold vendor open house in Cedar Rapids August 20, 2012
RI Clean Line project recruiting local businesses August 20, 2012
Transmission line will need Siouxland converter station August 15, 2012
Clean Line Open Houses Announced August 9, 2012
Clean Line Energy Chooses Iowa August 2, 2012
Opponents to Rock Island Clean Line organizing August 1, 2012
Rock Island Clean Line meeting July 29, 2012
Clean Line Obtains Regulatory Approval July 19, 2012
Counties could benefit from transmission line July 18, 2012
Exporting wind is good for Iowa June 24, 2012
Rock Island Clean Line Powers Through June 19, 2012
Clean Line in Bureau County June 18, 2012
Power prices do not justify new energy line June 18, 2012
Rock Island Transmission Line Receives FERC Approval May 24, 2012
Regional city reps learn about wind energy May 18, 2012
Renewable sources of power survive, but in a patchwork April 10, 2012
Clean Line Energy status hearing postponed March 29, 2012
A win-wind situation for Grundy County March 17, 2012
Wind company proposes plan for Northwest Iowa January 23, 2012
Update on big power line proposed for Iowa January 19, 2012
Grundy County prepares to set up its second EDPA zone January 17, 2012
Iowa wind energy converter station site selected December 10, 2011
Henry County considered for high-voltage lines December 9, 2011
Clean Line holds public meeting in Grundy County December 8, 2011
Residents against 'green' power line December 8, 2011
Transmission line gets route alternatives December 7, 2011
New transmission line would ease Iowa bottleneck December 5, 2011
Rock Island power line encounters delay, but it's coming: backers November 30, 2011
Businesses invited to power project open house November 28, 2011
Rock Island Clean Line seeks negotiated rate authority November 9, 2011
Big power line project proposed to transport Iowa wind energy October 19, 2011
Rock Island Clean Line route unveiling delayed until 2012 October 11, 2011
Bringing power to the windless September 23, 2011
Show your support September 6, 2011
Rock Island Clean Line Video June 29, 2011
Rock Island Clean Line will help wind energy June 23, 2011
County residents get first glimpse of power line project June 14, 2011
Clean Down the Line June 14, 2011
Landowners question placement of proposed power line June 14, 2011
'Clean Line' Project Packs the House in Central City June 13, 2011
Public hears more about high voltage project June 10, 2011
21st century farm-to-market road June 9, 2011
What would the line look like? June 8, 2011
Potential for 21st century power road unveiled June 4, 2011
Energy Transmission Line Generates Interest June 3, 2011
New Energy in Northwest Iowa June 2011
Grundy to be wind energy hub? May 17, 2011
Energy 'toll road' may go through area May 18, 2011
Wind power superhighway may cross Linn May 7, 2011
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