Rock Island Clean Line LLC, an affiliate of Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, says it has requested public utility status and approval to build a 500-mile high-voltage direct-current transmission line that will deliver 3.5 GW of wind energy from northwestern Iowa to Illinois and other states to the east.
In its application to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), Rock Island formally requested approval of a route for the line. The company's proposed route resulted from more than two and a half years of routing work, during which project representatives met with thousands of landowners to gather feedback, collected thousands of routing comments and considered hundreds of different potential routing alternatives, Rock Island explains.
The company did not, in its application to the ICC, request eminent-domain authority for the Rock Island Clean Line project.
In May, Rock Island obtained a key regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin negotiating transmission service agreements with potential customers.
The company also recently signed a development agreement to partner with Omaha, Neb.-based Kiewit Power Constructors Co. Under the agreement, Kiewit will provide development and permitting support, as well as engineering and construction services, for the project.