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 Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2013. There are 224 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: On Monday the 11th inst. on Center Ridge in Mercer County,some citizens got out their cannon to celebrate the taking of Richmond. The gun wasoverloaded and burst. No one was injured, but one 30-pound piece went though thesecond story of a house. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The old folks concert at the Harper Theater last night to benefit St.Luke's Cottage Hospital, attracted a large audience. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Unless depredation by vandals in Rock Island parks is halted,special policemen will be assigned to night duty to protect the flowers and other property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Station WHBF has received a special citation from Washington forits participation in Air Mail Week, which was observed this week throughout the nation. 1963 -- 50 years ago: A 10-year high in employment in the Quad-City area was reachedat the end of the last quarter, according to an industrial employment barometer releasedtoday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Pee Wee teams will be able to play baseball and softball as usualon Diamond Three at Dorrance Park this summer, but after that, the ball field is doomed.County crews have put the diamond back in shape after heavy trucks marred the playingfield earlier this spring. Illinois Department of Transportation crews drove onto it to makeborings for the relocation of the junction of Illinois 84 and the Port Byron-Hillsdale road.