They take to much room, they lower land values, they don’t generate enough income, they are unnecessary, and finally they are a blight on the land. I believe that Grid upgrades are require for the use of alternative energy sources and so I say “Build Baby Build”.
Wind power drives demand for new transmission lines
Posted Aug. 2, 2014 @ 9:30 pm
A second high-voltage transmission line — this one intended for power from Kansas wind turbines — is making its way toward central Illinois.
The Grain Belt Express power line would carry electricity from wind farms in western Kansas across central Missouri and Illinois to Indiana, following the same general corridor as the Illinois Rivers power line already announced by Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois. Illinois Rivers also would carry wind-generated power west to east.
Kansas and Indiana utility regulators have approved the $2 billion Grain Belt project, www.grainbeltexpresscleanline.com, and regulators in Missouri plan to hold public hearings this week. As with the Illinois Rivers project, the Grain Belt Express has generated controversy. Proponents argue for jobs and clean energy. Opponents fear falling land values and health hazards.
Illinois is expected to be the next regulatory stop for the 750-mile power line.
“We’re taking a state-by-state approach to our regulatory process,” said Adhar Johnson, project manager for Grain Belt Express.
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