Independent developer proposes $2.5B underground transmission line, to bring Iowa wind to PJM, MISO

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“Direct Connect Development Company (DC DevCo) announced Monday a proposal for a 349-mile, 2.1 GW, high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line to run underground from Mason City, Iowa to the Chicagoland area, bringing renewable power from the wind-rich West into wholesale power markets.
The SOO Green Renewable Rail (SOO Green) project is expected to cost $2.5 billion and could be operational by 2024, the company told the Des Moines Register. The project seeks to bypass the permitting difficulties of larger overhead transmission projects by burying the transmission line along an existing railroad and boring under ecologically sensitive areas.”
An excerpt from Utility Dive