SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Commerce Commission held off Thursday on voting on the Rock Island Clean Line project.
The ICC was supposed to vote during its regular meeting Thursday on allowing Rock Island Clean Line to construct and operate an electric transmission line, but the vote was postponed until a later meeting.
The next scheduled meeting for the ICC is Nov. 25.
“The only information we were provided at the commission meeting was that they were holding the vote for a subsequent meeting,” said Amy Kurt, manager of Clean Line Energy Partners.
“Several things on the agenda were held,” she said. “It’s not uncommon for the commission to hold off on these types of decisions.”
Rock Island Clean Line has proposed constructing a $300 million converter station in Grundy County. The station would be the ending point for a 500-mile direct-current energy transmission line.
The line would pipe wind energy from Iowa to Grundy County, where the energy could be converted into alternate-current electricity and injected into the power grid, serving Chicago and the East Coast.
Before reaching the station, the transmission line would cut through numerous Illinois and Iowa farms, including some in Grundy County.
The fate of the $2 billion project rests with the ICC.
According to the ICC office, the vote was held off to provide more time for review.
Numerous landowners, organizations such as the Illinois Farm Bureau and politicians including state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, have spoken publicly in opposition to the project because of the effect on farm land.
Grundy County’s role is tied to the converter station, which would be located in Channahon if approved. On Monday, the Grundy County Board approved a tax abatement for the project, following the village of Channahon, Morris Community High School District and the Saratoga Grade School District.
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