Wind Power Line to Move Energy to the East

wind energy in U.SA proposed $2.2 billion, 750-mile long, high-voltage overhead transmission line could solve some of the issues of getting wind energy from the areas out west producing it to the areas in the east that need that power. This article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune says Clean Line Energy Partners’ idea is to build a line from the wind turbine farms of Kansas to Indiana, where it can be distributed to urban areas. But the project is meeting some resistance from farmers in the areas it would traverse.

The idea is supported by environmental groups who say it is an opportunity to take a big step forward for an energy source that could reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and cut air pollution. Clean Line has four other transmission line projects in the works in the West and Midwest.

Clean Line says the project will be an economic boon, with all four states seeing new jobs for construction and local companies providing things like parts and concrete. Lawlor said consumers would benefit, too, by the new source of power that would drive down electricity costs.

Yet many landowners have organized in opposition to Clean Line. They worry about whether the towers and lines will reduce property values, get in the way of farming operations like crop-dusting and irrigation, and even create health risks for those living so close to high-voltage wires.

“This is some of our best ground,” said Kent Dye, 56, who farms about 7,000 acres in northeast Missouri’s Monroe County. “This line — there’s no proven need for it. There are no contracts to provide power, no contracts to sell on the other end.”

Clean Line officials believe that after they have a chance to talk to the farmers and ranchers who have concerns, they’ll be able to convince them of the benefits of easements they can collect money on and the long-term environmental benefits for everyone.

6 thoughts on “Wind Power Line to Move Energy to the East

  1. I support the landowners’ position. There are better alternatives than tapping the wind in Kansas for supplying power to Illinois and my company offers one such alternative.

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    Advanced Alternative Energy
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  2. For more information of this incredibly important issue please google Block Grain Belt Express- Missouri and Missouri Landowners Alliance. The people who produce your food need your help right now! My family farm and so many others depend on it. We cannot let the precedent me that a private for profit company can seize private agricultural land through eminent domain. There is no more land being produced we must protect it!!

    The more that we farmers talk with this company the more we believe that the entire project is meritless. They have no customers. They have no producers of power. They have only 2% of the capital needed to complete the project. They are 40% owned by a company out of the UK who has an option to buy at anytime.

    We know for sure that having the largest ever DC line ever built in the US would interfere with our ability to produce food. We need to be protected from this private for profit company who is seeking to taking advantage of your food producers.

  3. Please google Block Grain Belt Express-Missouri and Missouri Landowners Alliance and find out what these proposed lines will do to our property, our farms and our families. Do not let them destroy what we have worked so hard for. Please help us stop this.

  4. Irksome Not-All-Wind (if any) Power Line Proposal Draws Major Midwest Opposition.

    While this is a good start in reporting on the opposition, it does not adequately describe WHY there are now 3 major statewide alliances and 5 major grassroots organizations organized in opposition to “Clean” Line, the real reasons are what has come out UNDER OATH at the Illinois Commerce Commission about the parent company of Grain Belt Express and Rock Island “Clean” Line. Landowners are the few people who took the time to look past this company’s slick sales pitch.

    “.. this is a “spec”-like project that RI may not even try to build.” ComEd/Naumann, p. 3

    “The Project is simply not developed enough for final regulatory evaluation.” ComEd/N aumann, p. 2

    Clean Line Energy Partners LLC seems to have run through all of the investor’s money with no guarantee of more. ComEd/Lapson, p. 6

    ”RI’s financial resources are not currently sufficient to fund the construction … At best, the information
    provided regarding access to financing can only be described as “aspirational.”” ComEd/Lapson p. 5

    “If there are still insufficient revenues to support the RICL Project…then RICL would be more likely to seek to
    raise revenue through some sort of FERC-approve cost-based recovery mechanisim… as described by
    RICL witness Skelly…..” That means they could ask us to pay for their project. ICC Staff/ Zuraski p. 35

    “RI specifically told PJM that PJM should not assume that RI should be modeled as “a wind sourced injection.”
    In other words, don’t count on us being wind-sourced. PJM is the East coast regional electric grid. Naumann, p. 8

    “Listing the number of transmission projects that have successfully achieved financing….is tantamount to my listing the
    members of the violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as evidence that I will certainly become a
    member of the violin section of the orchestra if I follow the same regimen that they did. “ ComED/Lapson, p. 12

    “… the reliability and financial risks they entail, including to Illinois deliver customers, are far to great to
    warrant issuance of a CPCN at this time.” ComEd/ Naumann, p. 11

    Electricity price “savings are likely to be short-lived benefits…..In effect, the supply side of the market will
    react towards reestablishing an expectation of making normal returns on investment.” ICC Staff/Zuraski p. 22

    “… the more impudent, inefficient, costly, wasteful RICL is assumed to be, the greater the “benefit” that
    would be computed by Dr. Loomis’ model.” ICC Staff/ Zuraski, p. 14

    “The cited increase in tax revenues at the State and local levels merely represent income transfers,
    at best…. They do not represent a net increase in consumer welfare. Some portion of these tax
    revenues could even represent a net increase in costs….. ” ICC Staff/Zuraski, p. 15

    “I am skeptical of RICL’s ability to efficiently manage and supervise the proposed project.” ICC staff/Rashid, p. 4

    “The direct testimony presented by RICL witnesses focuses only on certain alleged benefits of the
    project. RICL has not compared the benefits to the expected costs.” ICC Staff/Zuraski p. 11

    EMINENT DOMAIN does NOT exist for PRIVATE companies to use the power of eminent domain through PRIVATE property to ATTRACT lenders and investors. That is WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.

    Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC “emphasizes its ability to use eminent domain powers as a marketing point with its “potential” lenders and investors. ” From ComEd Reply Brief to the Illinois Commerce Commission p. 32

  5. How much will this energy cost?

    In the current matket place with too much supply and a soft demand, projects such as this are not viable. There is not customers lining up on the eastern end of these lines to buy this energy. There are no wind companies promoting this project. The Rock Island Clean Line has had approval from FERC for negotiating rates for almost 2 years now and still no customers.

    Does Clean Line Energy intend to sell the project once the easement is obtained? While under oath, Michael Skelly disclosed that National Grid has a preconstructional option to buy these projects. It would appear that Clean Line and there multitude of shell companies has little to no intention of building and operating this project. Landowners have a duty to question a company that is this hollow with nothing behind it and lacking transparency.

  6. One more thing. I have seen three pipelines and one powerline easements come through our small farm. There were a couple bad landagents in the 1980′s, but I have never seen a company representatives as ruthless and detestable as the way Clean Line Energy’s Directs of Development has shown themselves to be. I though companies and landagents like this had long left the industry. With the last powerline to come through, I never even considered they would use such tactics as clean line. Companies like this who see the utility business as easy money are creating tougher landowner relations with the pipeline and transmission industries.