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 towards the end of this year or early next year. Then we will hold our second round of public meetings in coordination with the Iowa Utilities Board staff.
Throughout this year, Clean Line will also push forward with efforts to identify local businesses that could assist with the construction of the line. 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.
On November 8th, 2011, Clean Line Energy filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authority to negotiate rates and enter into contracts with customers for the project. The application can be found on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's website here. On May 22, 2012, our application was approved by FERC. Receiving this authority will allow Clean Line Energy to commence negotiations with potential customers, likely load serving entities or wind developers. View FERC's approval.
In Iowa, we will seek an electric transmission franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board. In Illinois, we have applied for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Illinois Commerce Commission. These filings describe our mission to connect the vast wind resources of Iowa and the surrounding region to communities that have a substantial and increasing demand for renewable energy.
Click here for more information on our state regulatory approvals.
Click here to see the documents for our Illinois public utility filing.