RICL is only one of many transmission line projects proposed in Illinois. There is a growing national movement against the overbuild of costly transmission at the expense of the taxpayer and consumers.
The Iowa Utilities Board is currently evaluating the necessity of so many projects in context of all the proposed projects in Iowa. Wisconsin is initiating a legislative review of the state's energy planning.
Illinois elected officials are being encouraged to ask the Illinois Commerce Commission to call for a "Notice of Inquiry." With all of the competing INDEPENDENT projects purporting the same benefits- what are the chances WE would be left paying for abandoned costs and obsolete white elephants in our nonrenewable farmland??
WE would pay for it if abandoned? http://www.datcllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/TransLet.pdf
"In Order No. 679, the Commission established that an applicant can request that 100 percent of prudently-incurred costs associated with abandoned transmission projects can be included in transmission rates if such abandonment is outside the control of management." p. 42
The Duke/ATC, Ameren, and Miso/MVP projects would be added to our utility bills under transmission costs. Check and see how much you are already paying for transmission on your utility bills. Call your electric company and tell them NO MORE TRANSMISSION!!! We don't need it and we won't be stuck lining more pockets.