IUB Deals Proposed Wind Energy Transmission Line Another Setback

Wed 1-13-2016 []

Iowa City, IA (AP) - The Iowa Utilities Board has dealt another setback to a proposed $2 billion transmission line to ship Iowa wind energy to customers in Illinois.

The board on Monday rejected the third request by Clean Line Energy Partners to split the case into two separate hearings. The board stood by its plan to decide whether to approve the line and whether to grant the use of eminent domain in one hearing.

The company has said that approach means it has to invest "tens of millions of dollars" acquiring land while running the risk that regulators could reject the line as not in the public interest.

Groups representing union workers and wind energy supporters backed its request. But the board says splitting the case would be inconvenient for landowners fighting the project.