Appeals filed against western Illinois wind-energy line

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) – A group that represents property owners and a utility have appealed Illinois Commerce Commission approval of plans to build an electricity line designed to bring wind energy from Iowa to Illinois.

The (Ottawa) Times reports the Illinois Landowners Alliance filed the appeal saying the approval puts landowner rights, livelihoods and investments at risk. Commonwealth Edison also appealed. The petitions were filed in state appeals court in Ottawa.

The commerce commission approved the Rock Island Clean Line proposal in November.

The route would take the line from Iowa through Rock Island, Whiteside, Henry, Bureau, LaSalle and Kendall counties to a $300 million converter station in Grundy County. The line is expected to deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power.