Finding the optimal route for a transmission line requires understanding local issues and considering a variety of factors. Clean Line has spent years meeting with landowners, government agencies, conservation and agricultural organizations, elected officials and other community leaders to discuss routing options. We have spent hundreds of hours analyzing computer data and have driven thousands of miles across the project area to better understand potential routing opportunities and constraints. Our database now contains more than 45,000 information points related to our routing criteria.
Our evaluation included a review of potential impacts to residences, agricultural land, state and federal lands, recreational areas, water resources, known cultural resources, sensitive habitats, protected species, and many other factors.
During the routing process, we held hundreds of meetings throughout Iowa and Illinois to introduce the project and seek feedback. In 2012, we submitted our route for approval in Illinois. We will submit our Iowa route for approval in early 2014.
For a graphic explaining the route development process, click on the states below.