- Published: 15 April 2015 15 April 2015
Clean Line Energy (Clean Line) has announced the proposed route for the Illinois portion of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line (Grain Belt Express), an approximately 780-mile overhead, direct current transmission line that will deliver low-cost, renewable energy to Illinois from wind farms in western Kansas.
The Grain Belt Express will decrease wholesale electricity prices in Illinois by an estimated US$ 750 million in its first five years of operation alone, according to an independent analysis commissioned by Clean Line. The project will have a delivery converter station located in Clark County, Illinois. Fourteen wind generation companies recently submitted requests for more than 20GW of transmission service to deliver power to the markets that serve Illinois, four and a half times the available capacity of the transmission line.