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August 29, 2012

Contractors sought for 500-mile Iowa power line

By LARRY KERSHNER, Messenger News  •    •  Posted 2012-08-29 12:17:02

Clean Lines Energy Partners, based in Houston, Texas, rolled into Fort Dodge Tuesday morning to establish contacts with area contractors for when the company begins construction a 500-mile, high-voltage, direct-current electric power line from O’Brien County to Rock Island, Ill., then to markets farther east. The $1.7 billion, 3,500-megawatt Rock Island Clean Lines project is expected to pass through, or close to, Webster County. Beth Conley, regional outreach manager for Clean Lines, said the company is still working out details of the power line’s route, while seeking construction permits and utility authorizations; however it’s confident the two-year project will begin in 2014. [ read more … ]

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