Bringing wind energy to the power grid means job creation, according to the governor. Two companies are coming together to bring electricity produced by wind farms in Iowa to Illinois’ electric grid in Morris. As a result, 1,450 construction jobs will be created over a three-year construction period.
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The Rock Island Clean Line project would deliver 3,500 megawatts to the gird. Construction could start as early as 2014. The manufacturer making and supplying the 500 miles of wire is Georgia-based Southwire, through their facility in Flora, Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn was on hand to unveil the partnership and the project with Clean Line LLC and Southwire. “These cutting-edge projects will help maintain Illinois’ national leadership in wind energy and manufacturing, creating good-paying, home-grown jobs,” Quinn said. Building of the Rock Island Clean Line will enable $7 billion worth of investments in new wind energy projects to begin. The projects couldn’t get under way because the lack of transmission lines.