This week, I had the chance to travel with the Rock Island Clean Line team across the state of Iowa for local business open house meetings. The Rock Island Clean Line held over six meetings in Sioux City, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Davenport. It was great to talk to potential suppliers and contractors about the Rock Island Clean Line transmission line project, and learn more about their capabilities. According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, there are 55 Iowa counties that are involved in wind energy development, including manufacturing, service, and maintenance and siting. When the $1.7 billion Rock Island Clean Line project receives all its regulatory and siting approvals and begins construction in 2015, a variety of services will be needed, including surveying, storage, brush clearing, transportation for heavy equipment, concrete supplies and contractors, road and farm field restoration, catering, restaurants and hotel accommodations.
Clean Line Energy is committed to using local and in-state labor, contractors, service providers, and materials from the project area states whenever possible during the construction of the Rock Island Clean Line. Over 200 representatives of local businesses attended the meetings in Iowa. If you are a local business in Iowa and/or Illinois, and have been unable to attend our meetings, please click here to fill out a local business opportunity form. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line team also held their local business meetings a few weeks ago. Click here to read an article in the Tulsa World about those meetings.