Distrustful of transmission line statements
It seems Hans Detweiler is campaigning harder for Rock Island Clean Line than the presidential candidates are for the presidency. He is a former lobbyist for the American Wind Energy Association in Washington and also used to work with Gov. Quinn.
Hans thinks there are some misunderstandings about his company’s proposed transmission line. He stated the RICL will be delivering so much energy, your electric bills will be lowered. But, in an article called “Helping Hans” written by Stephen Daniels in Crain’s Chicago Business, Hans claims we have rock bottom wholesale power prices at this time, making this project economically unfeasible. He claims electric prices need to go up 50 percent before the line can make money. So, Hans, which is right?
The most important misrepresentation by Hans seems to be that RICL is going to use mostly the smaller mono-pole structures. According to Hans, mono poles are shorter, needing more poles per mile, and there's more steel in mono poles, which makes them more expensive than the 28 foot by 28 foot taller lattice poles. Which poles do you think they're really going to use?
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