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Updates to nation’s power grid affects Northeast Iowa’s energy industry

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MONONA, Iowa (KWWL/CNN) -- Efforts are currently underway to upgrade the nation's power grid, and it has some ties to Northeast Iowa's energy industry.

The project is called, 'The Soo Green Link." It's a $2.5 billion dollar project and plans to build 'Underground transmission lines along railroads and highways.'

The underground power line would run from Monona, Iowa to Chicago, Illinois, transmitting and connecting green energy like one long extension cord. This new technology would move power from wind turbines underground and be cheaper in the past.

Iowa is one of the country's leading states for generating wind energy, and has come a long way from energy being transmitted with above-ground power lines.

For some farmers in Iowa, this power grid technology is favorable as it would not destroy farm lands and would be more cost efficient.

Brian Meyer, who farms corn and soybeans on 2,000 acres in Monona, is one farmer gave permission to the Soo Green Project to dig under his land. He anticipates some feedback from neighboring farmers that his decisions would enable politics more than the environmental impact.

In addition to Meyer, the project also has the support of Republican State Representative, Bobby Kaufman.

The Biden administration has proposed for congress to invest $100 billion dollars on power infrastructure for renewable energy, an effort that could be made more cost effective due to tax credits in Biden's plan.

In spite of their conservative beliefs, farmers like Meyer and Representative Kaufman are focused on the bigger picture instead of the politics.

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