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Clean Line Energy touts economic benefit of wind farm project to NW Iowa

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Outline of potential economic impact of Rock Island Clean Line project. Outline of potential economic impact of Rock Island Clean Line project.
LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) -

A representative from Clean Line Energy appeared before the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to give an update on a billion dollar project that would carry wind farm energy from northwest Iowa all the way to Northern Illinois.

She says the project is still in the beginning stages of clearing government regulations.

It's planned to start in O'Brien County, however she says it could bring jobs to many communities.

"When we're putting in 3,500 megawatts of wind into the ground, you're going to need about 5,000 individuals to help with the construction of those wind farms and then once they're in the ground we will probably about 500 operation and maintenance folks to maintain those lines," Beth Conley with Clean Energy said.

Clean Line hopes to begin construction in late 2015, and possibly have the project running by 2018.

The company will be holding a seminar tomorrow at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon and we plan to be there, and bring you the latest.

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