The RICL case before the Illinois Supreme Court is nearing! I do hope we can all gather on the steps of the court with Mike Skelly, Jimmy G, Hans Detweiler, and even Mark Lawlor for a group picture to commemorate the last 6 or 7 years this has been going on. Whatever the outcome, it will be a precedent for the Illinois Public Utility Act and eminent domain in Illinois.
Did anyone ever wonder what is going on at "Clean" Line
headquarters about now? They've got to be near broke and running low on
investor's cash. The Rock Island "Clean" Line is dead in Iowa.
The state legislatures are moving forward with a bill to deny eminent domain
with proposed for-profit Merchant Transmission Line.
Illinois is approaching oral arguments at the Illinois Supreme Court where
CLEP will attempt to justify being a Public Utility with no guarantee to serve
the public. If RICL is determined by the state's court not to be a Public
Utility, then no eminent domain, and no eminent domain for Grain Belt Express.
Missouri has denied CLEP public utility status twice and in the process if
denying the Grain Belt Express for a third time.
The Tennessee Valley Authority still has no desire to purchase 3,500
megawatts of overpriced wind energy when they have enough generation within the
region for years.
It makes one wonder what the atmosphere is at "Clean" Line
headquarters in Houston. Just playing the odds and speculating here, but
the culture at CLEP Central is probably very toxic, if not septic. Negativity
spreads and there isn't much to be positive about there. They've got to
be close to broke. It wouldn't be surprising if many are wondering when
us their last day to work at CLEP as their seed money from investors dwindles.
There is a good chance some arguing is going in about who frittered money away
on this or that. When someone misses a simple deadline with a lawyer, it
wouldn't be surprising Jimmy Glotfelty goes into a hell tirade about doing your
job, letting the team down, and there is no tomorrow if they fail. Fear
can be a powerful motivator for a leader. Fear and desperation can also
make a leader do some irrational things.
With a new Administration in Washington determined to “drain the swamp” and
"Clean" Line Energy desperate, does Team CLEP choose to sulk or suck
up to the new Administration?
After investing so much time in lobbying the previous Administration as a
proposed “clean” energy project, looks like “Clean” Line is choosing to spin as
“shovel ready” projects that needs a little federal help ramming their projects
through the state regulatory process.
Getting three projects added to a fake lobbyist created shovel ready infrastructure
list was a slick move.
Where does one go after spending years to forge a sweetheart deal for Plains
& Eastern Clean Line?
The TVA still doesn't want their high priced wind energy from 750 miles
away. "Clean" Lie has gotten more aggressive with
their politicking claiming wind energy can be delivered for a competitive 20
cents a kilowatt. The TVA is being polite but they know that's a dirty lie from
Clean Line. There isn't a single actual wind company willing to go
public claiming such an absurdly low price. It looks like Clean Line is
choosing vinegar over honey option when dealing with the TVA now as the company
chooses an aggressive media campaign claiming to be “cheap” wind energy without
providing specifics. It’s an interesting high pressure negative public
relations campaign to pressure the TVA in buying high priced wind energy.
In "Clean" Line's desperation, they've gone public with another
dirty lie. Clean Line Energy Partners llc is actually a wind energy
company. After literally years of denial, "Clean"
Line is officially developing a 1,000 megawatt wind energy project out
west, probably for their Centennial West "Clean" Line
project. So much for the "Clean Line Energy is not a wind
company" they told the public at the informational meetings, but desperate
times call for desperate measures. Skelly probably didn't want to go
public with the wind farm development until after the transmission easements
were secured but they're running out of money and running out if time with
states denying them Public Utility Status.
It's probably a bit lonely at CLEP headquarters. They don't seem to be
speaking at wind or transmission trade shows much anymore. It makes
a person wonder if the industry is shunning the "Clean" Line name for
drawing focus on the worst of the industry.
Admit it Mike, the dream is almost over.
Clean Line's death is probably closer to imminent. Then again, one man's dream
is another's nightmare and this one is nearing an end.