ICC approves transmission line project

By Nick Kovatch on February 21 at 7:28am

The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a nearly 400-mile long transmission line through the state, including a section through West Central Illinois.

A section of the $1 billion Illinois Rivers Transmission Project would run past Meredosia, south into Scott County, and east through Southern Morgan County.

Last August, the ICC approved the need for the project and some of the project routes and substations. Yesterday, state regulators resolved all remaining routes and substation location issues. The 345,000-volt transmission line, using steel poles with a single shaft, will run from Palmyra, Missouri, crossing the Mississippi River at Quincy, and continue east to Sugar Creek, Indiana.

Following last August’s action by the ICC, Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois began the real estate process on those portions of the project with final route approval, including surveying work and negotiations with landowners to secure 150-foot-wide easements. Substation construction is already underway. Line construction is expected to commence later this year. The project should be completed by 2019.

The Jacksonville Journal Courier is reporting the ICC also cleared the way for the construction and operation of a carbon dioxide pipeline for the FutureGen 2.0 project.

According to the city’s newspaper, the order prohibits the start of construction of the pipeline until all necessary permits are received from state, federal and local governmental entities.

The pipeline would carry liquid CO2 from a retrofitted power plant in Meredosia to an underground storage site in eastern Morgan County.