Make no mistake, this is not a person attack against any one person.
Clean Line Energy is not a nameless and faceless organization. Like
any other company this company is made up of people. These people need
to be held accountable for what they say, and don’t say, what they
distort, and hide from the public. It is wrong for members of this
company to inaccurately present themselves in a manner to specifically
sell this project to the public.
This is not about making personal attacks against individuals of
Clean Line Energy, but it is fair to respond to the claims by members of
Clean Line Energy. For instance, if a member of Clean Line Energy had
told a landowner that the company had not applied with the Illinois
Commerce Commission when Clean Line actually had filed with the ICC,
would it be a personal attack to repeat what the Vice President of the
company had said to an individual? No, this would be fair and accurate,
and there are reports that this scenario actually happened.
Is it a personal attack or just speaking the truth to remind people
the money behind Clean Line Energy comes from a billionaire in Texas and
three billionaire brothers from Park Avenue, New York City? No, this
is personalizing an ambiguous company.
It is not a personal attack against Hans Detweiller to remind people
Hans hasn’t been completely accurate to say, best of all, residents in
northwest Iowa would see no increase in their electric bills to pay for
the project. Clean Line Energy has made similar implication in
Illinois also but the company has been quietly seeking to have Illinois
and other states pay for this powerline through our electric bills.
Clean Line Energy has never publicly acknowledged they desire consumers
to pay for their powerline. This is a misrepresentation at best. It’s a
sell job by the Clean Line Energy salesman (Hans Detweiler). It’s the
same sell job coal, nuclear, fracking, and whatever other business does
to the public.
Why hasn’t Clean Line Energy’s spokesman explained why the company
believes captive ratepayer should pay for a “Merchant Transmission Line”
when the company supposedly accepts all the “risk and rewards”?
Why is he attempting to sell the public on this project and not talk about the costs to consumers?
Clean Line Energy is proposing 4,000 MW’s of wind energy in Northern
Iowa. No, I do not live in Northern Iowa, but in Illinois, we are the
recipient of this energy and a good portion of this unnecessary
powerline. If each wind turbine is rated at 2MW’s, 4,000 MW’s of wind
energy is 2,000 wind turbines. If each wind turbine requires 65 acres
of land, that is 130,000 acres of additional wind turbines in
Northwestern Iowa. That is an additional 203 square miles of wind farms
surrounding the start of this powerline. Northwest Iowa residents will
need to decide how many wind turbines in their back yard is too many?
In a recent debate about wind farms at the National Review Online
Jimmy Glotfelty, a Vice President of Clean Line Energy made a comment
about wind farms;
“You know…I agree with you….but the fact is, that there is not one
single landowner that has been forced to put a wind turbine on his
property. It is their land and their choice to make revenue (about 10k
per turbine per year)…really no different from a cell tower or radio
(Go to the link above and read further. I think somebody violated corporate social media rules @ National Review Online!) I wonder if the Mr. Skelly made all their employees sign a paper promising they will not violate the company's Social Media Rules. Good luck finding it on this link, but it's there!
Yes it is true, there is no imminent domain to force land owners to
put wind turbines on their property. Yet, if Clean Line Energy is
successful, Jimmy Glotfelty and Clean Line Energy will be forcing
landowners to put this powerline allegedly for wind energy on our
farmland. Yes, this is a personal issue for farmers and landowners and
rather to talk directly to the farmers and landowners, Clean Line elects
to talk to through the press or use surrogate companies like HDR
Engineering to speak to the public.
It is understandable for the public along the route to find it
offensive when spokesmen for Clean Line Energy intentionally speak in
half truths. It doesn’t matter if it is coal, fracking, or wind energy.
A con job is a con job. Clean Line Energy is using the same tactics
to build this powerline as these other industries except Clean Line
makes additional claims this is for ”clean” renewable energy.
While Iowa landowners have a choice whether or not to put windmills
on their farmland, should RICL receive public utility status, Illinois
farmers will not have this choice for the powerline for “clean” wind
energy. Personally, I believe this energy is overpriced, but the
spokesman of Clean Line Energy (Hans Detweiler, still has not told
Illinois residents how much this electricity will cost us). I do not
object to “renewable” energy, but I do believe it is time wind energy
becomes competitive with other more economical forms of energy.
How much more does America need to accommodate the wind energy industry?
In the 1970’s PURPA was created, an act by Congress that allows the
wind energy industry to not abide by the rules of other energy
producers. Energy Companies are force to buy wind energy created by
others. The Production Tax Credit was created with as the federal
government subsidizing the wind industry. Then Renewable Portfolio
Standards were created to mandate a certain percentage of energy must
be from approved “renewable” sources. After that the wind industry told
America it needs Long-Term Power Purchase Agreements where wind energy
is bought with a surcharge premium. Now the wind industry is
complaining because Alternate Energy Retail Suppliers are able to
provide electricity cheaper by not buying the overpriced Long-Term Power
How much more does the industry need the rules bent in their favor?
When is it enough?
We are now asked to give our land for special powerlines allegedly
for the “wind energy industry” when there is no guarantee this powerline
will not be used by the coal industry. Really?
Have we not sacrificed enough and paid enough of a premium for wind energy?
Is it not time for the wind industry to compete on a level playing field with other forms of energy?
Must Illinois farmers be asked to sacrifice more for an industry that
either cannot compete or is quietly making themselves rich off of
consumers, deregulation and the ability to bend every rule in their
Must Illinois farmers be forced to give up land for a powerline owner
by venture capital billionaires who, if successful, will eventually
sell the powerline for a larger profit?
Do we really need to “sacrifice” for billionaires Milchael Zilkha and
the Ziff Brothers to make more money? No, this this is not a personal
attack. It’s a legitimate question.
What assurances are there this powerline won’t be bought by a
traditional power company and place 100% coal energy on this powerline?
None. FERC has said Clean Line cannot discriminate or play favorites
with potential suppliers. FERC has also said this powerline can have
only one customer to supplier 100% of the power, even coal.
Have we not made enough concessions for the wind industry and those who desire to be associated with this industry?
While representatives of Clean Line Energy make claims that this
powerline will make Northwestern Iowa wealthier, is this powerline
really in the best interest of farmers and landowners along the line or
in communities where there needs to be 130,000 acres of wind turbines?
Has other industries made similar claims? Coal? Natural gas? Oil?
Have these claims ever found to be true?
Make no mistake, this powerline is the new frontline in America’s Energy War.
Is this a personal attack? No. This is personalized opposition to a company. If this is a violation of a company's social media rules...so be it! Somebody has to call it like it is.