We adamantly oppose Rock Island Clean Line placing power transmission lines through our state of Illinois. The cost in our natural resources, health quality, and finances would be negatively impacted.
RICL’s proposal is to supposedly deliver wind energy from western Iowa (actually a maximum of about 30 percent wind, with the rest being from coal, gas, etc.) to the East Coast of the U.S. This proposed transmission line cannot be utilized here or in most of in Illinois.
All local property owners will eventually need to pay increased real estate taxes if this project becomes a reality. The transmission lines will devalue property values adjacent to the lines and have a ripple effect.
Mr. Detweiler failed to mention the transmission towers will not pay any real estate taxes after public utility status is secured. RICL has offered to pay $7,000 a mile for a short 20-year term in return for the county’s cooperation. No permanent jobs will be created.
East Coast governors told Congress that they do not want Midwest wind energy because it undermines renewable energy development in their own states. However, real estate appraisers will be in high demand in order to acquire justifiable lowered real estate taxes for their clients.
Health concerns are of major interest with this project. It is not clear what the safety of people living anywhere near the towers will be because of the lack of solid scientific data. We have been informed that the eddy current loss from DC transmission lines is considerable and not safe to work under for any length of time.
Illinois natural resources will be greatly harmed by RICL. Illinois productive farmland, native plants, and wildlife will be compromised. Our state and local ecosystems will be plundered.
We feel the benefits are greatly exaggerated without disclosing the tremendous costs.