Sheldon, Iowa — Representatives from Clean Line Energy Partners, the company planning to construct a 500 mile electric transmission line connecting wind energy suppliers in this area, with energy purchasers in the Chicago area, were on hand Wednesday to talk about the project at the Northwest Iowa Development Partner Meeting, which was held at the Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College.
Clean Line Energy Partners Director of Development Hans Detweiler told the group that the northwest Iowa area was chosen as the perfect location for the project, due to it’s wind patterns and proximity to Chicago.
Detweiler says the project will have a major economic impact on the area, creating jobs, increased property tax revenues, and more.
Detweiler says the project would create about 5500 jobs, including more than 500 permanent jobs, including those that would be created by the new wind farms that the project would encourage here in northwest Iowa.
Detweiller says, best of all, residents in northwest Iowa would see no increase in their electric bills to pay for the project.
Detweiler said that his company is currently in the coordinating stages for this project, named “Rock Island Clean Line”, and they expect construction to be completed and the system to go on line sometime in 2016 or 2017.