To the Editor:
Clean Line Energy has chosen Iowa to build the Rock Island Clean Line, its 500-mile wind transmission line.
Iowa has some of the best wind in the nation, and is well versed in the idea of getting our crops to the market. Unlike other commodities we produce here, wind can't be hauled to market by truck or by rail. Construction of new transmission lines is critical to the growth of the wind energy industry in Iowa. Without more transmission, the mighty turbines will stand idle, suppliers to the wind industry will close their doors, and economic growth in rural Iowa will once again slow to a crawl.
Representatives from the Rock Island Clean Line have been meeting with landowners, farmers and county leadership for the past three years, building relationships and providing a better understanding about the impact this project will have on our towns.
This $1.7 billion project will bring thousands of construction jobs to rural communities across the state, and it will enable billions more in wind farms to be constructed. Can you imagine the impact on the local economies? There will be millions in tax revenues for the counties and tens of millions in landowner payments once the project is complete.
Projects of this magnitude take time. The thousands of miles and hundreds of hours Clean Line Energy has put into the project already should be a good sign they are serious about taking care of our precious land.
(signed) Keith Wirtz, Ron Graettinger, Leo Goeders, Jerry Hofstad and Ed Noonan