Rock Island Clean Line signs agricultural mitigation agreement in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (May 30, 2013) – Rock Island Clean Line LLC, an affiliate of Clean Line Energy Partners LLC (Clean Line) is pleased to announce the signing of an Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement (AIMA) with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The agreement sets the standards that Rock Island Clean Line will follow to minimize impacts to agricultural land throughout the construction process across approximately 120 miles in northern Illinois. The agreement is the result of extensive consultation with landowners, agricultural organizations, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The Rock Island Clean Line is a 500-mile overhead direct current transmission line that will deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to communities in Illinois and in other states to the east, areas that have a strong demand for clean, reliable energy. The project will provide enough energy to power over 1.4 million homes in the Midwest per year. 

“I’m pleased that we have reached agreement with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and that this is the first such agreement in Illinois to include special provisions for organic producers while also maintaining historic commitments to traditional producers,” said Michael Skelly, Chief Executive Officer of Clean Line Energy. “We are committed to developing the Rock Island Clean Line in a methodical, transparent and collaborative manner. Signing this Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement is an important part of taking feedback from project stakeholders and using that feedback to continue to improve the project.”

The Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement is intended to preserve the integrity and maintain the productivity of agricultural land during and following construction.