Keryn Newman’s Blog

Keryn Newman’s Blog

Keryn is our great friend and advocate. She writes an outstanding blog about  transmission opposition which is often about Clean Line.


Court determines Rock Island Clean Line is not a public utility and orders Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)
to reverse its Order granting Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN)

 In an Opinion handed down August 10, the Illinois Third District Court of Appeals reversed the Order of the Illinois Commerce Commission that granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity to the Rock Island Clean Line, and remanded the cause to the Commission with directions to enter an order consistent with its decision.

This is a major setback for the project, which was granted a CPCN by the ICC in 2014.  In its decision, the Court found that Rock Island failed to meet two requirements for being a public utility because it does not own, control, operate, or manage assets within the State; and that the proposed transmission line is not for public use without discrimination.  Because Rock Island is not a public utility, the Court said, the ICC lacked authority to issue a CPCN in the first place.Clean Line Whack-a-Mole


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In the game of whack-a-mole, the moles begin popping out slowly and are easy to whack.  But as the game speeds up, so do the moles, making it virtually impossible to hit them all at the same time, and then you lose.
Clean Line has been playing permitting whack-a-mole for years, and the game is speeding up.  As soon as they whack a particular jurisdiction’s mole, another mole pops up somewhere else.  And now the moles previously whacked are popping up again, too.
One more time, with feeling…
Clean Line Does NOT Sell Electricity!

Hallelujah, brothers and sisters!


That’s right, Clean Line does not sell electricity.  The only thing Clean Line can sell is transmission capacity.  Clean Line is selling space on its gigantic, aerial extension cord.  The cost of energy to plug into the extension cord is not included in the cost of the cord.  It’s just a cord, not plugged into anything.  If you want to actually receive electricity over Clean Line’s extension cord, you must purchase electricity separately from another company, at an additional cost.


However,  [Clean Line’s Mark] Lawlor says the wind farms aren’t even built yet.