RICL is one of four merchant transmission lines intended to feed "clean" energy from the midwest to the east and west coasts. Click on the different projects available here to see maps of each project's intended service area. RICL and the "Grain Belt Express" are intended to serve the mid-Atlantic coastal states who are not only developing their own in-state renewable resources, but working toward harvesting the excellent off-shore wind resources in the Atlantic. Developing off-shore wind and local resources provides local jobs and boosts the economy in these states. RICL and the Grain Belt Express do nothing but suck money and jobs out of east coast states.
RICL - what a stupid idea.
RICL opponents are blocking RICL's progress in Illinois with a huge, strong, grassroots organization that is using tried and true transmission opposition tactics developed by other transmission opposition groups (you'll see some things that sound quite familiar on BlockRICL's website), as well as developing new and effective tools for successful opposition. There's also a companion opposition blog, Ridiculous RICL, written by one of the Illinois farmers whose land is proposed to be taken by RICL through eminent domain. Blogger Scott Thorsen isn't buying RICL's lies and shines a little sunshine on RICL's propaganda. BlockRICL is also part of a growing, national grassroots transmission opposition network, coming soon to transmission owners' nightmares from coast-to-coast.
See BlockRICL's website here.
See RiciculousRICL blog here.