CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn announced an agreement Tuesday between two Illinois-based companies to support wind turbine and transmission manufacturing, in turn creating 1,450 construction jobs.
The agreement, between Clean Line LLC of Rock Island and Southwire Company of Flora, would create 1,450 union construction jobs under a project labor agreement in Illinois over a three-year construction period.
"Illinois is a leader in the renewable energy sector, and agreements like these are helping to make Illinois even more competitive," said Quinn. "These cutting-edge projects will help maintain Illinois' national leadership in wind energy and manufacturing and create good paying home-grown jobs."
The announcement came after the governor delivered the keynote address at the American Wind Energy Association Regional Wind Energy Summit held Tuesday in Chicago.
Per the agreement, Southwire will supply the overhead transmission cable for the Rock Island Clean Line project.
The project will include an approximately 500-mile overhead high-voltage direct current transmission line that will deliver 3,500 megawatts of renewable power from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota to businesses and communities in Illinois and other states to the east.
The Rock Island Clean Line will allow around $7 billion worth of investments in new wind energy projects to move forward. The projects couldn't be constructed now due to lack of transmission.
The project will also give Illinois more access to low-cost clean wind energy, delivering enough energy to power upwards of 1.4 million homes in the Midwest.
For more information on Illinois' renewable energy industry, visit the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's State Energy Office at www.illinoisenergy.org.