Spencer, IA (KICD)–Rock Island Clean Line is hosting meetings in northwest Iowa this week.
While in Spencer on Wednesday Director of Development Hans Detweiler told KICD News they are receiving plenty of questions from landowners.
The Rock Island Clean Line is a 500 mile long transmission line designed to deliver wind power to Illinois and states further east. The proposed route will start in O’Brien County, head through Clay County into Palo Alto County and then further east.
Detweiler says they are currently in the process of asking landowners for easements to build on their property.
Detweiler says in addition to construction jobs if the project is approved and the possibility of having wind power from the region exported, local governments do receive a financial boost.
Detweiler added that if there was some sort of emergency in Iowa they can reverse the power flow to help support Iowa’s energy grid.
The Illinois Commerce Commission is expected to rule on the project sometime this Summer and Rock Island Clean Line is looking to submit their final paperwork to the Iowa Utilities Board sometime this year with a decision anticipated sometime in 2015.
A final public meeting will be held from 12-6 today at the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.