As uncertain as the future economy is, it's impressive to see a company like Clean Line Energy moving forward with it's $1.7 billion project that will run through the Quad-Cities.
Clean Line Energy recently announced a new investment partner, National Grid USA and a $40 million infusion of development capital. This is a sure sign that the leader in high voltage direct current system development sees the Rock Island Clean Line project as efficient and innovative.
Once built, this 3,500 MW transmission line will connect the powerful wind resources from western Iowa to the grid in Illinois. It will offer consumer savings, cut CO2 emissions, and provide power to over a million homes. Some would argue we don't need this now, but I say we need to be investing in all energy resources before we reach a crisis situation.
Clean Line energy is working hard for our future energy needs and we should welcome this project and support the investment in the Quad-Cities.
Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th Masonic District of Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle. 1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.