Humboldt sups discuss MidAmerican line project

DAKOTA CITY – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors met with representatives of MidAmerican Energy and others involved in the Multi-Value Project 3 in Humboldt County Monday.

The project involves new transmission lines through Clay, Humboldt, Kossuth, O’Brien, Palo Alto and Webster counties.

Steven Ambrose, project manager with MidAmerican in Urbandale, said the new line will follow the existing line crossing the county from north to south and from east to west. The existing line has been there for 50 years.

There were public meetings about the project in 2012, he said.

“There is a big pocket of wind energy potential just north of here and we don’t have any way of getting the energy out into the grid,” Ambrose said.

MidAmerican will be partnering with Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Ambrose said.

“We have been working with landowners all along the route,” he said.

Rick Hopper, of Jacobson-Westergard & Associates of Estherville, the county’s drainage engineer, said the line will be crossing some drainage ditches and may pose problems in future ditch clean-outs. He is going to inspect a few of the sites in person.

In Humboldt County, about seven miles of the line will parallel the road right of way.

Height of the line over the roads will be at least 27 feet, Ambrose said.