Grain Belt Line officials tweak power line route

By Gary Scott on January 28, 2015 at 1:19pm

New map detailing Grain Belt Line potential routes, released this week.

More meetings are coming to introduce landowners to the newest electricity project in West Central Illinois.

Clean Line Energy will hold the second of three rounds of meetings in areas including Scott and Greene Counties to talk about the Grain Belt Express Clean Line. The 750-mile direct current line will run wind energy from Kansas across to western Indiana if approved by regulators.

Mark Lawlor, the project’s development director, says 2,000 people attended the first series of meetings in nearly a dozen Illinois counties. He says the preliminary route has since been refined.

“We encourage people to participate. We also want them to understand the process and the facts. Frankly, there’s a lot of misinformation that can occur when you have a project of this size, that’s not uncommon,” says Lawlor.

“So, go to the source. Get the information, sort out the facts. We’ll be available to answer any questions that people have.”

The meetings will be held in Scott County at the Nimrod Funk building on North Walnut Street Thursday, February 5th from 7 to 10 a.m. In Carrollton, it’ll be held the following day at the same time at the Knights of Columbus hall on Route 67.

“We collected thousands of data points on all the information about what’s going on in and around the proposed alignment and took that back and reviewed every single one of those bits of information that we received, and as a result, we’re able to pare back the route network down to a much smaller network,” he says.

Updated information on the route can be found on the Grain Belt Express website.