The Rock Island Clean Line is committed to working with local communities in Iowa, Illinois and throughout the project area. We believe that our outreach process must be methodical, responsible and transparent. We want to make every effort to talk with people who are interested in the Rock Island Clean Line. We will continue speaking with and getting feedback from more people throughout the development, construction and operation of the project. If you are interested in having a Regional Outreach Manager speak to your organization, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rock Island Clean Line participated with the Iowa Wind Energy Association to present Iowa Wind Energy Day at the Clay County Fair on September 9, 2012. The day focused on Iowa’s national leadership in the wind energy industry and allowed for us to spend time with and introduce the project to more stakeholders in northwest Iowa. A special thank you to everyone who visited our booth and congratulations to Becky Muir of Sioux City, Iowa, the winner of our iPad raffle.
The Rock Island Clean Line is proud to have participated in the 5th Annual Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA) Annual Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa. Cary Kottler, Director of Development, presented the general session address to more than 200 attendees on April 11. He provided the audience with an overview of the project and used the opportunity to unveil a video recently produced by Siemens about high voltage direct current transmission and wind energy. The video is available here. The Conference was a great opportunity to speak with a number of our project stakeholders, including state legislators, environmental organizations, economic development professionals, wind developers and wind component manufacturers.
On March 6, 2012, Clean Line Energy announced an agreement between Rock Island Clean Line LLC and Southwire Company designating Southwire as the preferred supplier for the overhead transmission cable for the Rock Island Clean Line. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn along with Clean Line President, Michael Skelly and Southwire Executive VP of Operations, Jeff Herrin, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding during a Tuesday morning news conference at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Regional Wind Energy Summit—Midwest. Also speaking at the event, President of the Operating Engineers Local 150 Jim Sweeney and Secretary-Treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor Bob Reiter Jr.
The agreement anticipates that the cable will be produced from Southwire’s facility in Flora, Illinois, and results from the strong support of the State of Illinois for renewable energy development. “Illinois is a leader in the renewable energy sector, and agreements like these are helping make Illinois even more competitive,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “These cutting-edge projects will help maintain Illinois’ national leadership in wind energy and manufacturing, and create good paying, home-grown jobs.” Clean Line’s potential future supply order from Southwire could be worth $70 million or more depending on commodity prices and other variables.
Illinois Public Meetings
Thank you to those who attended our public open house meetings in Illinois the week of December 5, 2011. These meetings provided an opportunity to present alternative route corridors and to continue to seek public input and to provide further information to landowners about the routing, regulatory and construction processes of the project. The next step in the routing process is to narrow the alternative route corridors, which are approximately one-half mile wide, to a specific route for the transmission lines, approximately 145 – 200 feet wide.
To view the materials presented and distributed at this round of Illinois Open House Meetings, please click here.
To view the Illinois alternative route corridors map, please click here.
Our Next Iowa Public Meetings
The Iowa regulatory process encourages us to present primarily a single route corridor at our next round of public meetings in Iowa, as opposed to the multiple corridors that we presented at the Illinois meetings in early December 2011. Environmental and engineering studies are ongoing for potential routes in Iowa. After those studies are completed and we have identified and fully vetted a primary route corridor, we will hold our second round of public meetings in coordination with the Iowa Utilities Board staff. Meeting notifications will be sent to stakeholders and affected landowners in advance of the next round of Iowa meetings.
Ongoing Efforts In Iowa
We continue to make great headway on the Rock Island Clean Line in Iowa. With a route in Iowa projected to be around 375 miles (three times longer than the route in Illinois), we will continue to conduct environmental and engineering studies on potential routes over the next several months. We currently anticipate the completion of those studies and the identification of a preferred route in 2013. Then we will hold our second round of public meetings in coordination with the Iowa Utilities Board staff.
We’ll continue public outreach efforts to those interested in the project and will work with Siemens to advance the engineering and design of the HVDC converter stations.
Local Business Open House Meetings
Clean Line hosted several open houses in Illinois in November 2011 and in Iowa in August 2012 to introduce local businesses to the Rock Island Clean Line and to explore opportunities to utilize them for construction of the project. If your business is interested in assisting with the development, construction or maintenance of the Rock Island Clean Line transmission project, please click here. Thank you to those who attended—we hope to have an opportunity to work with you in the future.
To view the materials and presentation from the Local Business Open House Meetings, please click here.
Please visit the Rock Island Clean Line Facebook page to become a fan. Our Facebook page will provide another venue for us to connect with our constituents to provide up-to-the-minute news and updates about our project and to engage openly in conversations with our stakeholders.