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RICL receives ICC permission to build transmission line

Posted by wlpo on November 25, 2014

The Illinois Commerce Commission is giving Rock Island Clean Line the certificate it needs to build a direct current transmission line from Iowa to a power station in Grundy County.

Tuesday’s decision doesn’t give the company the power to of eminent domain.  That should make opponents happy. One of the most outspoken groups opposed to the project is Block RICL. After the ruling, Mary Mauch of Block RICL was unclear if the company would be given eminent domain, but was strongly hoping that it wouldn’t.

The ICC’s order requires Rock Island to get the money to cover the total project costs before building the transmission line. Any expansion to the project would need ICC approval.

Still, Michael Skelly, President of Clean Line Energy, calls the ICC ruling, “a great step forward for the Rock Island Clean Line project and brings Illinois one step closer to creating a cleaner energy future.”

The transmission line would run east to west through Bureau and La Salle Counties and into Grundy County where it would connect to a ComEd substation. The transmission line would carry power created by wind turbines.

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