Iowa's Power Line Struggle

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Lawmakers in the Iowa House are advancing legislation that would change the approval process to construct new power lines.

The Des Moines Register reports Tuesday that a House subcommittee approved the bill, which will move to the Judiciary Committee. The legislation is a response to opposition to the proposed Rock Island Clean Line.

The transmission line would deliver wind-generated electricity from northwest Iowa to markets in Illinois. The project may have to take land by eminent domain to install the power lines through 16 Iowa counties.

The proposed legislation would establish a new approval process for lines that deliver direct power and exceed 500 miles. If 5 percent of landowners were subject to eminent domain, the developer would have to draw two alternate routes.

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