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Beth Conley Manager Rock Island Clean Line Des Moines

January 19, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

I would like to address some of the inaccuracies presented in a recent article concerning the Rock Island Clean Line electric transmission project. As an Iowan and a manager for the Rock Island Clean Line, I think it is critical for people to have accurate information.

Rock Island is seeking permanent easements to construct the transmission line. As is commonly seen across the Iowa landscape, landowners will be able to continue farming within the easement area. Our easements are exclusive for the purpose of electric transmission, which means we cannot sell our easements to be used for a different purpose, such as building a gas pipeline. While we plan to construct, own, and operate this transmission line, we do have the ability to assign the easements to another party for the purpose of building the exact same transmission line we are proposing. If this were to happen, all of the landowner rights agreed upon in the easement would remain in place.

As a company, Clean Line is dedicated to compensating all landowners fairly and we are offering landowners fair payments for the easement area, any structures on their property, and damages we may cause. This includes damages that may occur during the construction phase as well as damages that could occur years later should the need arise for major maintenance work.

As an example, a landowner in Grundy County with an easement on their property that is a 1/2 mile long by 145 ft. wide can expect a compensation payment of around $115,000.

However, the economic benefits of the line reach far beyond individual landowner compensation. The project itself is a $2 billion investment and will open up the possibility for $7 billion in new wind development. In addition, Clean Line will pay Iowa $2.5 million each year in taxes that will fund county initiatives, school districts, and other essential public services along the route.

Lastly, according to a compilation of many studies reviewed by the World Health Organization, there are no known health effects associated with direct current transmission lines. And, all farming equipment should work properly in the vicinity of the line, including GPS.

I strongly urge Iowans to consider the positive impacts of this project on your community, our state and our nation as a whole. The Rock Island Clean Line is a new farm to market road for Iowa's renewable energy crop. Just as we lead the nation in exporting beans, corn, hogs, and eggs, we can lead the nation in exporting wind energy, too.

We welcome your questions and concerns, so please reach out to us at or (877) 907-8516 at any time. We look forward to hearing from you.

Beth Conley


Rock Island Clean Line

Des Moines



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