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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 28, 2016 • Illinois, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Clean Line withdraws Iowa petitions

Clean Line Energy has withdrawn pending applications in Iowa for approval of its planned project that runs through several counties in Iowa and Illinois. The project route was to begin in Iowa’s O’Brien County, enter Illinois between Cordova and Port Byron, continue through Whiteside County just southwest of Erie, through the entire north edge of Bureau County, and end in Grundy County. The company said Dec. 22 that its petitions for approval of its Rock Island Clean Line electric transmission . . .

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December 23, 2016 • Illinois, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Rock Island Clean Line withdraws petition for Iowa wind project

Rock Island Clean Line withdrew its petition Thursday seeking permission from the Iowa Utilities Board to build an electric transmission line across Iowa – a move that the project’s opponents hailed as a victory for state landowners. The $2 billion, 500-mile overhead transmission line would have funneled wind energy across 16 counties from northwest Iowa into Illinois and states further east. But it has garnered significant opposition from landowners and lawmakers who are worried that the company would use eminent domain . . .

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December 23, 2016 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

How the Illinois energy reform ‘fixed’ the state’s RPS, promising a renewables boom

Among the provisions of the sweeping energy legislation just passed in Illinois are reforms that aim to fix the state’s renewable portfolio standard and that could revive renewable energy development, which has been dormant in the state for several years. The changes could bring $12 billion to $15 billion in private renewable energy investment into Illinois and could “jump start the solar industry” there, says Andrew Barbeau, senior clean energy consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund. The centerpiece of the . . .

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December 23, 2016 • Illinois, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Clean Line withdraws Iowa project pending Illinois decision

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – Clean Line Energy Partners announced Thursday it is withdrawing its application to the Iowa Utilities Board to construct a transmission line across the state pending a court challenge to the project in Illinois. The Houston-based Clean Line has been working for years to get approval for the Rock Island Clean Line project, a 500-mile line that would begin in Northwest Iowa’s O’Brien County and deliver wind-generated electricity to Illinois and states in the eastern part of the U.S. . . .

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December 23, 2016 • Illinois, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Rock Island Clean Line halts Iowa effort pending Illinois ruling

Rock Island Clean Line, a proposed 500-mile electric project transmitting wind energy from Iowa turbines into Illinois, has withdrawn its petitions for approval from the Iowa Utilities Board pending the outcome of a challenge before the Illinois Supreme Court. The withdrawal means that, if RICL wins its case with the Illinois high court and recovers its approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission, the company will need to start the Iowa approval process all over again. The high-powered transmission lines would . . .

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December 20, 2016 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks to set up west of Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD, Ill. – A proposed Pike County wind farm could provide an economic boost in the area if approved. A proposal for up to 26 wind turbines recently was submitted to the Pike County Board by Illinois Winds LLC. If approved, the majority of the turbines would be installed on private property west of Pittsfield. “It could have a pretty good economic impact with construction and revenue to the landlords,” said Pike County Board Chairman Andy Borrowman. “With the construction, materials . . .

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December 15, 2016 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Crescent Ridge wants a letter of credit

PRINCETON – Now under new ownership by Leeward Renewable Energy LCC, Crescent Ridge Wind Farm is looking to change its decommissioning agreement from cash escrow to a letter of credit. It would be a move that would match other wind project agreements in Bureau County. On Tuesday, Bureau County Board unanimously agreed to consider this option. The next step is to start discussions with attorneys and the highway department. Bureau County Zoning officer Kris Donarski said the cash escrow account was . . .

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December 9, 2016 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm faces long, complex approval process

The county has received a siting application for a wind farm just west of Pittsfield, but the proposed 26-turbine facility has several regulatory hoops to jump through first before it can come before the county board for approval. “The process on it is, it’s a permitted use in an agricultural district for one, but in order to comply with state laws, we have to hold a public hearing, and the county board also has to do a final so it’s . . .

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December 1, 2016 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Battle over $600M wind power superhighway heads to Illinois Supreme Court

Rock Island Clean Line envisions building an electric project that would transmit wind energy to Grundy County in Illinois from planned turbines in Iowa. Backers say $600 million would be spent on the 120-mile stretch in Illinois, in the process creating construction jobs, stimulating the manufacturing sector, generating tax and other revenues for state and local governments, and providing low-cost, clean renewable energy to 1.4 million Midwest homes. There’s just one problem: The 300-member Illinois Landowners Alliance, the 80,000-member Illinois . . .

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November 30, 2016 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

State high court will hear Clean Line appeal

CHICAGO – The fate of the Rock Island Clean Line project is in the hands of the Illinois Supreme Court. The proposed 500-mile high-voltage power transmission line would run through several counties in Illinois, including Whiteside and Bureau, and in Iowa. Rock Island Clean Line’s application to build the power line was unanimously approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission in 2014, but an Aug. 10 appellate court ruling reversed the ICC’s decision. Houston-based Clean Line Energy appealed the reversal that . . .

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