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MidAmerican meets with citizens about new power line

MidAmerican Engineer Karl Donaubauer (right) explains the pouring process for the base holding the 130-foot tall monopole poles in place. New electrical transmission lines are being proposed for a longitudinal axis bisecting Humboldt County, largely along Quebec and Penn Avenues. Humboldt Independent photo.

More than 100 landowners, tenants and interested citizens attended a public information meeting last Thursday at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Events Center.
The subject was a proposed 345,000-volt electrical transmission line that will run the length of Humboldt County, north to south.
It is part of a 120-mile transmission line that will extend from O’Brien County, through Clay, Palo Alto, Kossuth and Humboldt counties; connecting at a MidAmerican Energy substation in northern Webster County.
The project is primarily designed to improve system reliability in Iowa, relieve existing transmission line congestion, as well as improve the utilization of existing generation, and lower the cost of delivering energy.
There is a possibility of more wind generating structures being developed near the new transmission lines.
MidAmerican Energy right of way agents will be meeting with impacted landowners in the coming weeks. The project is expected to begin by the fall of 2014, and be completed by end of 2016. For more information on how the project will impact Humboldt County, pick up a copy of this week's Humboldt Independent, or subscribe to the online version of the paper by clicking on the digital edition link above.