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Gladbrook public meeting Wedneday-June 15 for transmission line project

June 15, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
CLEAN LINE ENERGY TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL OPEN HOUSES ABOUT TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT for wind energy



CLEAN LINE TEAM ON HAND FOR IN-DEPTH, ONE ON ONE DISCUSSIONS



The Rock Island Clean Line will deliver up to 3,500 megawatts of clean power from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota to communities and businesses in Illinois and other states to the east. The clean energy will be transported via an approximately 500-mile long overhead, high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line. The Rock Island Clean Line will make possible approximately $7 billion worth of investments in new wind energy projects, which today cannot be constructed due to the lack of transmission. In addition to the new wind farm investments, the Rock Island Clean Line project will cost approximately $1.7 billion.

Clean Line Energy believes public involvement is a crucial component of the project development process and is working to determine a route based on an extensive combination of feedback from the public, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, as well as environmental and engineering data. The Rock Island team has been meeting with local, state, and federal governmental representatives for over a year and is now looking forward to the next stage of more direct public feedback with this series of open houses.



What: Rock Island Clean Line Public Open House, Opportunity for Media Interviews



Who: Clean Line Energy Partners, Houston, TX



When: Wednesday, June 15, 2011



1 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Rock Island Clean Line Public Open House



Where: Gladbrook-Reinbeck Middle School



509 Washington St. | Gladbrook, IA 50635



Clean Line Energy signs agreement with Siemens to develop high voltage direct current technology for transmission line project





HOUSTON – Clean Line Energy Partners LLC (Clean Line) of Houston, Texas is pleased to announce an exclusive agreement with Siemens to provide high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology solutions for the Rock Island Clean Line transmission project. The Rock Island Clean Line will consist of approximately 500 miles of overhead HVDC transmission lines that will deliver 3,500 megawatts of renewable power from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota to communities and businesses in Illinois and other states to the east. In addition to providing detailed technical expertise to the development team, under the development agreement, Siemens and Clean Line will work together to develop, design, and implement the HVDC converter stations for this important infrastructure project.



“Efficient technical solutions are necessary to solve the nation’s challenge of moving renewable power to market. Siemens’ high voltage direct current technology is the ideal solution for the Rock Island Clean Line to move that power over long distances,” said David Pacyna, President of Siemens' North American Transmission Business. “Projects like the Rock Island Clean Line will provide the upgrades needed to the U.S. transmission grid while providing lasting economic and environmental benefits to the region.”



The Rock Island Clean Line will deliver enough energy to power more than 1.4 million American homes. This transmission line project will make possible approximately $7 billion worth of investments in new wind energy projects, which today cannot be constructed due to the lack of transmission. In addition to the new wind farm investments, the entire cost of the Rock Island Clean Line will total approximately $1.7 billion.



“Clean Line Energy is pleased to partner with Siemens on our Rock Island Clean Line project. Private investments in our nation’s energy infrastructure are one of many ways we can stimulate our economy. Innovative projects like the Rock Island Clean Line will create American jobs, and provide consumers with low cost, clean energy options,” said Michael Skelly, President of Clean Line Energy Partners.



Iowa Governor Terry Branstad noted, “New transmission infrastructure is critical to unlock Iowa’s best wind resources for development and to grow the state’s wind energy industry.” Governor Branstad continued by saying, “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. I am pleased to encourage these two companies to work together with regulatory agencies to develop a new transmission line that will help us get Iowa’s wind energy to markets and create thousands of jobs in the process.”



Siemens is a global leader in HVDC transmission technology. High voltage direct current is the most efficient method to transmit large amounts of electricity over long distances. HVDC transmission lines transfer power with less infrastructure, provide controllable energy flow and have lower line losses, resulting in lower costs and lower prices. They also reduce environmental impact by utilizing narrower right-of-way than alternating current (AC) lines moving a comparable amount of power over long distances.



“This partnership is exciting news because it provides an innovative market solution to our need for a better transmission infrastructure,” said Doug Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “Illinois is an energy hub and we know that no matter what our electricity solutions will look like in the future, they will need to be transported on a grid. This is an important step in getting more alternative energy to our state and beyond and will do nothing but bring positive benefits to our economy.”



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About Clean Line Energy Partners: Clean Line’s mission is to connect abundant, renewable energy resources to areas that have a high demand for clean, reliable energy. Clean Line is developing a series of high voltage direct current transmission projects to move renewable energy to market. For more information please visit www.CleanLineEnergy.com <www.CleanLineEnergy.com> .



About Siemens: The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2010 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR25.5 billion and received new orders totaling more than EUR30.1 billion and posted a profit of more than EUR3.3 billion. On September 30, 2010, the Energy Sector had a work force of more than 88,000. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy <www.siemens.com/energy> .





 
 

 

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