Renewable energy provides Americans with jobs, clean air, and energy security. However, the continued growth of this budding industry depends upon the expansion of the U.S. electric transmission grid. Americans have come to realize the benefits of using renewable energy and are now more than ever encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities made possible by a clean energy economy. While the United States has some of the best renewable resources in the world, they are predominantly located in remote areas. The challenge lies in transporting the energy generated from these resources to communities that need the power—a challenge Clean Line Energy is working to solve.
An effective transmission solution requires the appropriate technology and the right project. The Rock Island Clean Line will deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to communities in Illinois and in other states to the east, areas that have a strong demand for clean, reliable energy. The clean energy will be transported via an approximately 500-mile overhead, direct current transmission line. Due to its low electricity losses and smaller footprint, direct current transmission is the most efficient technology to move large amounts of electricity over long distances.