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 Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.