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Clean Line will lead to higher electric prices

Published: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 5:00 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

RICL spokesman Hans Detweiler claims that introducing wind energy will decrease the Illinois price of electricity and bring jobs to Illinois. These half-truth myths are nothing more than lies.

This is likely the greatest rate increase Illinois consumers have ever seen. RICL’s own economic impact study willingly admits it does not look at the potential “net effects” this transmission line will have.

Basically Hans is taking a math problem 10+10–25, refusing to look at the negative, and proclaiming 10+10=20 and this powerline is good for Illinois.

Next, Hans claims this powerline will bring more energy to the Ilinois market and it will, therefore, surely lower the price to consumers. Again Hans and RICL refuse to tell the truth.

According to another economic study found on the company’s Facebook page, consumer MAY see a savings from $63-147 annually. Buried much deeper in the study it is discovered that the economists use such obtuse baselining, they are forced to project wind energy costs at $60-$70 per megawatt to reach this annual savings.Electricity is currently less than $30/MWH!

This is similar to the politician claiming a tax increase at 12 percent is really a tax decrease when it was proposed at 15 percent. The truth is RICL is claiming over a 100 percent increase in the cost of electricity to claim consumers MAY see a savings.

RICL’s dirty truth is this electricity is going to cost more. They won’t say the price or truth; just we might see a savings. RICL needs to quit lying.

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