News

Clean Line Wind Energy Project Making Strides

Clean Line Wind Energy Project Making Strides

Photo: WNAX

A transmission project to carry wind energy from Iowa to Illinois passed another hurdle this week with the awarding of a utility pole manufacturing contract to Sabre Industries of Sioux City. It’s part of the Clean Line Energy Project that has a total capital investment of $ 10 billion.  Former Iowa Wind Energy Association Executive Director Harold Prior who led that group when the project began says the economic benefits of that wind transmission will be huge for Northwest Iowa.

Prior says farmer landowners will see a direct economic benefit from the Clean Line Project as will the local communities from where the line starts in O’Brien County all across Iowa to Illinois.

Prior says most of the land leases will be for twenty years paying an average of $ 10,000 per wind turbine per year. The land taken out of production for one wind turbine and access road will total less than one acre. Prior says Clean Line is awaiting approval from Iowa and Illinois regulatory agencies and he expects that by the end of the year.

Recent Headlines

1 day ago in Local

Genetically Engineered Miniature Pigs Aiding in Research

PigSingle

A northwest Iowa company may be leading something of a shift to swine in medical research

1 day ago in Local

Minnesota Traffic Deaths Reach 100

traffic

There have been 100 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads so far this year.

1 day ago in Local

Iowa Legislators Struggle to Conclude the 2016 Session

fleet of semi trucks- approved- clipart

The Iowa D-O-T's request for an extra 10-million dollars to cover negotiated salary increases is one of the sticking points that remains as lawmakers struggle to conclude the 2016 legislative session.

1 day ago in Local

Rural Airports in Nebraska Can Now Apply for Federal Funding

air force

Rural airports in Nebraska will be able to apply for federal funding now that Congress has approved a rider to the FAA reauthorization sponsored by Congressman Adrian Smith

1 day ago in Local

Compromise In the Works For Family Planning Services

Pregnant Woman Holding Blocks Spelling "Baby"

A compromise may be in the works over where Medicaid patients in Iowa can get family planning services after July 1st.