Clean Line Energy Partners LLC has announced an agreement with Siemens to provide high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) technology solutions for the Rock Island Clean Line transmission project. The companies will work together to develop, design and implement the HVDC converter stations.
The project consists of approximately 500 miles of overhead HVDC transmission lines that are expected to deliver 3,500 MW of renewable power from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota to communities and businesses in Illinois and other states to the east.
The project will make possible approximately $7 billion worth of investments in new wind energy projects, according to Clean Line.
‘New transmission infrastructure is critical to unlock Iowa's best wind resources for development and to grow the state's wind energy industry,’ says Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa. ‘Siemens, already a key participant in the Iowa wind industry with a manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, is a natural fit to provide technical services for the Rock Island Clean Line.’