Rock Island Clean Line Transmission Project

What and Where: According to the company, the Rock Island Clean Line is a 500-mile overhead high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that will deliver 3,500 megawatts from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to communities in Illinois and other states to the east. Link

Why: Rock Island Clean Line LLC cites new investments in renewable energy projects, economic development, reduction of carbon dioxide pollutants, additional tax revenues for local governments, and lower energy prices resulting from increased completion in support of the transmission line project. Link

Process: Rock Island Clean Line LLC submitted a petition with the ICC October 10 to act as a transmission public utility and to construct, operate and maintain an electric transmission line in Illinois.

The ICC will arrive at a decision in the case after considering evidence and testimony from all parties to the case. Information about the case may be found on the ICC’s e-Docket system under docket 12-0560. Interested persons may ask to intervene in the ICC proceeding. By intervening, a person may submit into the record of the case evidence and argument regarding the project. Rules for intervening may be found here: Intervening in a Docket [83 Ill. Adm. Code 200, Section 200.200]External Link

You may also submit public comments regarding the project through the ICC website, (click here to comment) or by calling 1-800-524-0795.

You may sign up for Rock Island Clean Line’s mailing list or submit comments to the company at Link. or go here for information and progress updates on the company's website: Link.

Landowner Information: Rock Island Clean Line LLC, as required, included a preferred route and alternate route with its petition for the transmission line. Each of the landowners affected by these routes receive noticesExternal Link from the Chief Clerk of the ICC that explain the ICC’s regulatory process governing the proposed transmission line and information concerning acquisition of land or land rights-of-way by the transmission public utility.

Case Information: All information related to the case including the application, other filings, the case schedule and ICC rulings can be found on the ICC’s e-Docket at