NEW Construction Video is a reality check for "Clean" Line's rose-colored-glasses version:
The simulation is based on RICL's Illinois Commerce Commission application, easement contracts already handed out, past statements of RICL reps, and standard construction procedures. Click here.
Hint: This is a big file. If you have slower internet, you may need to give it some time to download!
Illinois Commerce Commission: The testimony on Docket 12-0560 is valuable for ALL projects! For the ICC documents Click Here.
Hint: Start with June 25th ComEd and ICC staff testimony.
Click here for highlights as we continue to post them.
Uh-Oh. BUSTED. RICL's finances....or lack of..... Click Here.
"....RI has not claimed or proved public need in the FERC-jurisdictional regional planning process and despite the fact that RI's own witnesses underscore that this is a "spec"-like project that RI may not even try to build." ComED/ Naumann, p. 3
"This Project is simply not developed enough for final regulatory approval." ComED/Naumann, p.2
Economic benefits...without any costs figured in:
"Q: Has RICL demonstrated that the RICL Project's benefits outweighs its costs so that, on net, it is expedted to be beneficial to Illinois consumers?
A: No. The direct testimony presented by RICL witnesses focuses only on certain alleged benefits of the project. RICL has not compared the benfits to the project's expected costs." p. 11 ICC/Zuraski
"Indeed, the more imprudent, inefficient, costly, wasteful RICL is assumed to be, the greater the “benefit” that would be computed by Dr. Loomis’ model." p. 14 ICC/Zuraski
So all that propaganda touted by Detweiler, Connely, Doug Jones, Cottler, etc. in the last 3 years was based on ONLY possible (and in-your-dreams) benefits with NONE of the costs figured in.
Makes you wonder what else they haven't exactly been "forthcoming" about.
IOWA Alert: We have a new page specifically for Iowa here.
LAND AGENT BEWARE!! Have you received a certified letter asking you to meet with Mike Knox?
Here's your reply in Illinois: Notice to Deny Right of Way. Sign, copy, and mail certified to Patton.
The AIMA (Agriculture Mitigation Agreement) DON'T BE DUPED: Hans Detweiler is making grandiose claims that an AIMA (Agriculture Impact Mitigation Agreement) has been reached with the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture. What took so long? Read more here.
From the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture: This does NOT consitute an endorsement of the project in ANY way. See their letter sent to landowners here.
Where else would it be okay for a private company to use eminent domain to cut a swath through the middle of a privately owned factory, put up major obstructions in the production line, and think it's okay to pay less than market value for the property in the easement only?
Block RICL, originated in northern Illinois, but now stretches across the midwest in a networks of friends, neighbors and families. We are joining our talents and resources to oppose "Clean" Line Energy Partners, LLC projects- including Rock Island "Clean" Line, Grain Belt Express, and Plains and Eastern, in addition to other unnecessary transmission line projects that are being proposed in the midwest - at the cost of billions of dollars to the taxpayer and consumer.
"Clean" Line Energy Partners, LLC, expects us to believe that this project would make our electric prices go down. By what creative accounting can that be even remotely possible when “Clean” Line’s own power point presentation states that the estimated cost of delivered wind is $70 per megawatt hour- including $25 per megawatt hour in transmission cost- when our current electric prices are around $30 per megawatt hour???
BLOCK RICL Initiatives:
Add YOUR voice to our ongoing BLITZ campaign until Illinois calls a moratorium on all new transmission lines.
Call and email Governor Quinn with this message:
"We are calling for a moratorium on ALL new transmission line projects in Illinois until we can evaluate ALL lines collectively to assess the actual needs, benefits, and especially the COSTS to Illinois landowners, taxpayers, and consumers."
RICL (parent company "Clean" Line Energy) is a private company intending to use eminent domain to build a 500-mile high-voltage DC power line near homes and through prime Illinois and Iowa farmland. The 200-foot easements alone would take over 12,000 acres and impact thousands more in the building and maintenance of these structures and future additions to easements!
Representatives of RICL claim that they are not "currently" applying for eminent domain in IL; however, they neglect to say that IF RICL receives public utility status, then being granted the right of eminent domain is basically procedural.